June 25, 2019

Local resident, Anita Pratt, shares her secrets to keeping her Watagan Park home looking and feeling warm during winter.

As we’re retreating indoors to escape the winter cold, it’s important that our homes are made to be a source of warmth and comfort. There are so many simple ways that you can achieve this without breaking the bank, but I’m going to let you in on just a few tricks I’ve used to create a warm atmosphere around my home.

Add splashes of colour

I’m a huge lover of mustard! It’s the perfect colour all year round as it’s ideal for any season. Plus it’s a lot warmer than using your standard yellow shades, so you can be sure it will add a cosy feel. You won’t need too much of this colour – just a few accents here and there such as a cushion or throw.

Update bedding

This one is very important. Now that winter is upon us, it’s time to put away those cotton sheets! Invest in some good quality flannelette sheets and a thick duvet cover. Add plenty of cushions and a throw to make your bed oh-so-comfy (warning: you may not ever want to leave it!).

Add greenery

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some fresh greenery around the house. Be sure to choose varieties that thrive in cooler climates and don’t need too much sunlight, as the sun-loving types will be hard to manage when they are primarily indoors. But if you’re like me and don’t have a green thumb, faux greenery is a good option.

Toss a blanket on your lounge

I know—such an easy solution, right? But rather than heading to the linen closet or bedroom to grab a blanket each time you’re cold, consider buying a throw or small comforter that matches the aesthetic of your living room and looks great draped over your lounge. It’s an easy way to style this area and perfect for snuggling up on a cold winter’s night.

Roll out some rugs

This is particularly good for those who have tiling and hardwood or laminate floors rather than carpet. A rug will add instant warmth to a room and keep those toes of yours off the cold floors. You may need to invest in multiple rugs to place in ‘high-traffic’ areas, such as a living room or dining room.

Candles, candles, candles!

Can you tell I love candles? They emanate warmth and to top that off, they look stunning! I have candles in every room of my house as they not only create beautiful lighting, but smell amazing too.

See more of Anita Pratt’s home styling on Instagram: @styling.our.havana

For more stories on living, creating and exploring the local neighbourhood, read the winter edition of the Watagan Park Wanderer Magazine here.

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