Castlery | Jun 8, 2022
Wintertime means darker evenings, colder and wetter weather, and the furthest part of the year from the summer fun. But, more importantly, it also means cosy and snug evenings curled up in front of the fire, lazy lie-ins, and big family meals all sat around the table. It’s all about how you look at it – and how you arrange your home to match the seasons.
So, just like in summer when you wheel out the barbecue and rattan furniture for the outdoor patio, in wintertime it’s important to have the right furniture for your space. This helps to create that snug and cosy feeling that we only get in winter months. Think soft furnishings to add warmth and texture in your living rooms, warm lighting to create that intimate feeling, and organic elements such as plants or natural materials that perk up your space in the colder months.
Below we’ll look in depth at some of the most important and versatile winter furniture ideas and show you how you can create your winter wonderland without having to blow the whole decorating budget.
Hosting in wintertime? The Odette Performance Bouclé Sofa is a stylish, snuggle-worthy piece your guests will be envious of. Picture credit: @dreamingofdecor
Sofas and armchairs are high value items that must cover a lot of bases. For most people, the idea of having winter and summer furniture on this scale is just not an option. But there are plenty of ways that you adapt or alter your sofas and armchairs to be more season suitable. Add cushions and throws onto your furniture to enhance comfy vibes, especially if you have leather sofas which can occasionally feel cold to the touch in the winter months. However, leather adapts easily to its surroundings, so the furniture warms up according to a heated room or a user’s body, making it comfortable during winter if your home is warm and cosy too.
Throws and blankets are great for snuggling up and adding that extra layer of warmth and comfort, but they can also change your living room’s colour scheme to a more seasonal tone. Add natural and warming tones such as browns, rusty reds, and oranges – or go for a neutral green – to make your living space more winter-friendly.
Of course, you can choose materials that offer year-round practicality and style. Choose warm and textured fabrics in upholstered furniture, such as velvet or tweed.
Whatever the season, the Madison Leather 3 Seater Sofa is a timeless mid-century modern piece that adds on to the cosy vibes. Picture credit: @thistle.harvest.
As we mentioned above, there is no better way to beat the winter blues than to gather all your friends and loved ones around a big dining table and celebrate with a huge meal. Roast a wonderful meal in the oven, open a bottle of wine or two, and enjoy the pleasure of good food around the dining table.
You can make the dining area more winter friendly with lower lighting, candles, soft furnishings such as rugs and cushions, or with a wintry table display.
Create the ultimate winter hotspot in your bedroom with the Sateen Quilt & Sheet Set.
The winter months mean colder temperatures and longer hours of darkness, all of which means you want to be warmer and cosier in bed. Put away your thin summer duvet and crank up the tog ratings with a thicker winter cover. Choose some winter appropriate bedding too, with cotton that’s soft to the touch and add some extra comfort with throw pillows. If you’re really feeling the cold, then an electric blanket or hot water bottle can make your bed even more inviting.
Other soft furnishings in the bedroom can also make a difference. Rugs, especially mid to high piles, will retain some heat and add a cosy atmosphere in your sleeping space.
In winter, the natural world takes a well-earned rest. But inside the home it should hopefully be a little warmer, which means it is possible to use plants and even flowers to add some colour and natural warmth to your home. Add large houseplants with big foliage and you can add that wild and natural feel to your home when it’s bitterly cold outside.
Velvet is a great option, whatever the season. The Adams 3 Seater Sofa in Black Velvet turns your living space into a warm and inviting one.
Soft touch and natural fabrics are very important for a more wintry feel in your home. You can add this by using blankets, throws, and rugs to existing furniture, which gives you great flexibility over the course of the year.
Rugs are great for removing the chill of a hard or wooden floor. Cushions and throws on the sofa can add an extra dimension of comfort and warmth when it is time to snuggle up in front of the TV or with a good book. Soft touch furniture, like velvet sofas and tweed armchairs are also ideal over the winter.
Plants and other natural materials can add a sense of life and vitality in your home, even when it might be the dormant season outside.