One of the many qualities we love about the holidays is the warm glow that the holiday decorations give our abode. But now that the tree is in the trash and the last string of twinkling lights has been packed away until next year, you might find your living quarters are looking as cold and drab as the long winter we have ahead of us. Fear not. Decor guru Leslie Bowman, founder and director of Wells Street Design, shared a few quick and easy tips for cozying up your pad that take a lot less effort than it did to deck your halls.
Incorporate layering and the use of textiles.
Consider changing out your textiles to create drama in a room. Here the stripes on the draperies make an interesting visual statement. This treatment allows the window to feel more dressed up, yet it’s light and airy enough to carry through all the seasons to come. Throw a hide rug in during the winter months to add some texture and warmth on the floor, as well. For lighting, use Edison bulbs to cast a warm glow in the space.
Don’t ignore your windows.
Often window treatments are the last thing to get done in a space, but they actually make the most impact. Winter is a great time to complete windows that you haven’t dressed yet. Here a lighter linen fabric paired with a soft chenille/velvet material works for all seasons; the layering effect really adds depth.
Reinvent your wall space.
Think of ways to re-purpose a wall and add visual interest by using wall coverings in unique ways. For example, frame an area behind a console and spend money on some eclectic hand-painted wall coverings; it’s like a piece of art! You also can simply rearrange your existing artwork by mixing classic/traditional framed architectural drawings with a more modern original piece. Don’t be afraid to mix a classic piece with a touch of modern. It adds visual interest to the space and keeps it timeless.
New Year Tip!
January is typically a time to get organized and start fresh. Go through your accessories and “clean” them up by removing some of the items—packing them away or replacing them to make room for new items. It makes the room feel fresh when it is gloomy outside.
Remake your bed.
Add a “ scarf” to the end of the bed. It gives the appearance of texture and weight while still looking luxurious and warm (a fur throw!). Use some of the furniture that you might have moved around from other spaces into the bedroom. Don’t be afraid to use something different at the end of a bed other than a bench—like a desk. You also can use a small sofa or settee or even a lower console table. Rearrange your accessories.
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For more information about Leslie and her services, visit wells-streetdesign.com.