Guest post: Create a cosy haven this winter

Around this time of year, the cold winter air really starts to take its toll, especially with the promise of warmer springtime weather still weeks—if not months—ahead. If you are like most mums, you want to spend as much time snuggled under the covers as you can, reading a good book to the kids or watching a movie with them. Here are some of the best ways to create a cosier bedroom haven for yourself and your entire family this winter:

Cosy up the bed

Your bed is the spot where you’ll spend most of your time hibernating away from the winter chill, so it deserves most of your attention. Mattress toppers make a big difference, especially when the cover is made from downproof cotton and filled with goose feathers or duck down. Purchase warm flannel sheets or sheets made from materials that are soft to the touch, such as ones with sateen or percale finishes; remember that the higher the thread count, the softer your sheets will feel. Finally, consider texture when purchasing new blankets and pillows for your bed: down comforters and cashmere, velvet, wool, and faux fur pillows and throws will go a long way in cosying up your bed. You may consider adding a fabric headboard to your bed as well—it helps to make the bed more snug and reduces the risk of your little one accidentally banging his or her head!

Keep your toes toasty

If the kids are running around on hardwood floors, they’re likely to complain of cold feet. Keep their little toes warm—and create some cushion in case they fall—by adding some area rugs to the room. Just as with blankets, throws, and pillows, texture is key: shaggy rugs, sheepskin rugs, and faux fur rugs are a great way to cosy up the ground below. Consider colour when you’re looking for the perfect rug for your space: warm colours like reds, oranges, gold, and cocoa create a cosy visual effect that will help warm up the room.

Consider the lighting

Set the perfect mood in your cosy winter haven by choosing the right lighting. Avoid the harsh overhead lighting this season in favour of small floor and table lamps, and replace the bulbs in these fixtures to ones that emit an orange or reddish tone rather than a blue one. Flameless pillar candles are both safe for the kids and eco-friendly, running on LED bulbs that last up to 100,000 hours. Consider adding a few flameless scented candles to the windowsill or nightstand that emit autumn or winter aromas like apple, cinnamon, cranberry, or pumpkin to create the right ambience this winter.

Get inspired by nature

Embrace the winter landscape by adding some nature-inspired décor into your home. Pine cones and dried branches look surprisingly inviting when placed atop the nightstand or dresser, while wicket baskets and wooden furniture help to give your bedroom a cosy ski lodge feel. Place a few family photos in wooden frames on the nightstand to make your bedroom feel homier and more inviting as well.