With winter comes dark afternoons and warm evenings together. There are ways to save on decorating for winter by turning old things into winter comforts, inviting and welcoming. Though winter may be bleak and leafless outside, home decorating for winter can make you forget all about it, or feel all the more comfortable because of the contrast. Whether you grow herbs in a pot on your window sill or build a fake fireplace for a hearthless room, there are simple ways to save on decorating for winter and add a cozy atmosphere to each room in your home.
Decorate Your Bedroom
It’s hard to wake up on winter mornings when the sun is not up and the room feels cold and dark. Why not save on decorating your bedroom for winter by adding a cheap timer to your bedside lamps. Set the timer to turn the light on a little before your alarm rings. Your biological clock will start to wake you already. Replace old lampshades with fresh, new ones instead of buying new light fixtures. Or save even more on decorating for winter by simply adding decorative tassels to your existing lampshades. Add inexpensive rugs on either side of the bed to create a decorative border that costs far less than a large rug. Hang a chandelier candelabra over the bed and light it for romantic evenings. Finally, don’t replace your bedcovers; instead save on decorating for winter by covering your bed with a winter-themed throw.
Decorate Your Home Office
Whether your work from home or reserve your home office for reading and doing paperwork at night, you can save on decorating for winter by enhancing the beauty and comfort of what’s already there. Turn an old pillow into decorative back support for your chair by sewing a faux fur pillow case. Just go to your local fabric store and buy enough fabric to cover the pillow front and back. Keep a luxurious blanket folded on the top of your chair and decorate your desk with decorative Tiffany lamps that use 15 watt bulbs. Keep these lights on always. Not only will the colored light invite you to enter, the low voltage will save you money on decorating for winter.
Decorate Your Living Room
If you have no fireplace in your living room, create a faux mantle and hearth by following my simple tutorial. Save on decorating for winter by simply maximizing the effect of your fireplace. Rearrange the furniture in the room to focus the eye on the fireplace. For a large room, place two wing chairs at an angle on either side of the hearth. For a small room, save on decorating for winter by simply clustering your current furniture at the center of the room at a right angle to the fireplace. The furniture should form a square or rectangle, with items facing one another in symmetry. By freeing the sides of the room not only will your winter decorating create the illusion that the room is larger, but the sitting area will be located in the warmest part of the room. Continue saving on decorating for winter by using light decor wisely. Banish the dark afternoons with small table lamps or floor lamps positioned at every corner of your living room. If you’re saving money by using existing lamps, give them visual uniformity by replacing the lampshades with identical ones.
Decorate Your Kitchen
In the kitchen you will bake winter cakes and cook hearty soup and stew, and you can save on decorating your kitchen for winter and make it more appealing for you to spend time in. Add a flower vase with silk sunflowers. Hang glass butterflies on fishing wire over your kitchen window. Keep a basket of apples on the kitchen table or island. Lean your cookbook in a corner of your counter and place decorative jars beside it, filled with winter treats. Add comfort by saving on decorating for winter with a small rug beside the sink, to keep your feet toasty warm.
Let these simple tips inspire you to save on decorating for winter. Always make use of what you have in a new way, then add inexpensive items that will give your old things a fresh look. And remember the value of light in winter. Anything that reflects light like a mirror, or scatters warmth and light like a candelabra, takes on special meaning in winter when the world is dark and cold for so many hours every day.
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