Autumn is here and that can only mean one thing…. it’s about to get cooler. Being a native southern Californian, I find the very idea of winter daunting. On the other hand, there is no place I’d rather be from November to February than nestled comfortably in my country house with a cup of cocoa in my hands and a good book in my lap.
In anticipation of shorter nights, cooler temperatures and winter cocooning here are some simple ways to warm up your interiors.
Strategic layers provide added warmth and soothing comfort. Toss a cashmere throw on the arm of a favourite chair, place an extra set of pillows on the living room sofa, or add a coverlet to the foot of the bed.
Design Tip: If storage space is at a premium it may not be realistic to keep several sets of pillows in the house. Instead, create a single pillow using two different fabrics; one for each side. Choose cotton or linen for the “summer” side and a heavier velvet or chenille for the “winter” side. Rotate as required.
Embrace colour and pattern
Make a switch
Design Tip: Sheer fabric not only provides a modest amount of privacy, but warm, pale colors can energize the gray light that accompanies drizzly days. Look for today’s most stylish sheers to have accent stitching for added depth.
Turn up the Light
Design Tip: Paint windowsills and surrounds in a light reflecting colour such as ivory, cream, and white to bounce sunlight into rooms.
Create drama with colour
Proper lighting is an exercise in layering and subtlety. Ambient or general lighting (down lights) allows you to move through the space easily. Task lighting (a focused spot or table lamp) is essential in living, family and dining rooms, especially at the buffet or sideboard to facilitate serving.
For a room-by-room guide to small space living, pick up a copy of Kimberley Seldon’s 500 Ideas For Small Spaces: Easy Solutions for Living in 1000 Square Feet or Less, (CPi Publishing), available at Chapters.