It’s coming, whether you want it to or not…
That’s right: winter is around the corner. Even if you live in a sunny part of the country, the days are still getting shorter and the nights longer. The angle and quality of the light are changing, shifting and diminishing. And if you live in a more northern climate, all of those realities are even more present. But your home is your haven, your safe place, and you can help increase your happy quotient by changing things up in your home. There are a few ways to keep the blues at bay come the cold months, and we’ll look at three in this post: fight it, embrace it or harness it!
You can chase the winter blahs away by maximizing the light and breezy feel of the rooms you spend the most time in. With light colored Hunter Douglas roman shades, you can illuminate your rooms with expanses of creams and ivories that still keep the cold out. Swapping out pillow covers for gold tones, off-whites, rich natural greens and other tones that pop will reflect whatever light your windows catch. In the kitchen, eschew dark tones for light, summery hues and blonde wood. Your bedroom can be warm and cozy, but aim for pastels or vibrant hues on your drapery and duvet covers. Even if it’s chilly outside, you’ll come home to the comfort of light, happy tones.
If you’re going to try embracing winter, imagine wrapping yourself in warmth, luxury and coziness. Still focusing on your most lived-in rooms, employ jewel tones, rich fabrics like velour and velvet, and create a soft cave to crawl into. Your home can be a haven of cozy cushions, warm tones and softness. In the bedroom, the theme of jewel tones and lush fabrics can be brought into play with the simple addition of a richly colored blanket or throw, or a warm, dark patterned rug. Window treatments that complement the color palette of the room will make the space feel cohesive and intentional.
Harnessing winter means using décor and technology to maximize your windows’ ability to capture as much light and warmth as you can during the day, then wrapping your home up at night to keep the heat inside. Here’s where Duette® honeycomb shades really shine: their cell-like structure keeps the outside where it belongs: outside. With a wide choice of colors, pleat size and fabric selection, you can find honeycomb shades to suit every room of your home. If you want to be smart about energy efficiency and protecting your home from the worst of winter, automated Duette® honeycomb shades can go a long way to achieving that aim.
No matter how you decide to face the frosty months ahead, make a conscious decision to redecorate – buying new bedding, cushions or investing in new window treatments – to make your home a warm, happy place to pass them. Whether you fight the chill, embrace it, or harness the power of the light, you’ll be happy to come home to your own winter haven.