Style Tips to Warm Up Your Home This Winter

Keep warm this winter cape town

The colder months of the year may bring wind, rain, and icy chills, but when your home is a winter oasis, weathering them is easy, even enjoyable. Nothing beats an afternoon of cosy creature comforts while the weather rages outside.

There are many simple and stylish ways to add warmth and comfort to your home to make it more inviting – that won’t cost you an arm and a leg either.

1. Colour

One of the easiest ways to get a room winter-ready is to play with colour. Natural, earthy tones are warm and inviting, exactly what every room should be during those chilly months. You can’t go wrong opting for some of these warming winter shades:

  • Warm reds, yellows, oranges, and ochres
  • Brown hues like mahogany and cherrywood
  • Earthy pinks, burgundy, and coral
  • Warm pastels, like pinks and yellows
  • Neutrals like white, beige, and warm greys
  • Metallic shades like gold, copper, and brass
  • Lush greens

Here are some simple ways to add winter warmth to a room using colour

  • Paint: add a warm colour to an accent wall to suit the season
  • Wallpaper: a simple way to add colour and texture to a wall panel
  • Art: paintings, digital prints, photo frames, or framed posters
  • Fruit: display fruit bowls filled with oranges, lemons, pears, figs, or pomegranates
  • Flowers: roses, proteas, orchids, peonies, or displays of dried flowers
  • Plants: evergreen foliage, juniper, pepperberry, succulents

2. Texture

Warm winter textures are easy to implement thanks to their unassuming simplicity. Natural timber adds instant warmth to any room, whether it’s in the form of a simple side table, a beautifully carved photo frame or decorative accessories. Consider adding touches of leather here and there for a touch of rustic sophistication – not to mention that heavenly leather smell.

Here are some easy ways to include winter textures to your living space

  • Plush pillows and scatter cushions
  • Fluffy, fleecy, or knitted blankets and throws
  • Soft, textured rugs
  • Velvety fabrics on cushions or upholstery
  • Textured lampshades
  • Decorative pine cones
  • Antique wooden furniture and accessories
  • Woven baskets for storage
  • Layered rugs
  • Stacks of books on wooden side tables, bookcases or floating shelves
  • Architectural details like crown molding or cornices

3. Aroma

There are some fragrances that give one an instant sense of winter: citrus, vanilla, musk, tobacco, and warm spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and star anise. They’re warm and comforting, like an invisible hug when you walk into a room. The key is to keep it subtle, just noticeable enough to stir the senses.

Invite the scent of winter into your home with these simple ideas

  • Scented candles
  • Room sprays or mists
  • Diffusers
  • Potpourri
  • Essential oils like peppermint or spearmint
  • Baking (cookies, gingerbread, etc.)
  • Homemade mulled wine

4. Light and Heat

Lighting is essential to a warm and welcoming room. While nothing beats a cracking fire on an icy night, there are other ways to keep the cold at bay using simple lighting and heating techniques.

  • Candles
  • Gas heater
  • Overhead lighting
  • Small side table lamps
  • Strategically placed fairy lights

Make your home a winter oasis with Swartland!

Making your living space warm and inviting is easy thanks to our quality range of timber products. From expertly crafted wooden windows and doors to our beautiful finishes and accessories, we have the perfect timber additions that will add something special to your home this winter.