11 Designers Share: Tips For Adding Warmth To A Room

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These chilly, grey months of winter make me think ahead to spring and its flowers, sunshine and color. I love winter for about a month, but by mid-February, I’m counting down the days on my calendar until it’s over. Some of the ways that I personally add warmth to a room is by starting with a neutral sofa and adding in lots of colorful pillows that work well in the room and with the bright art on the walls. I also find that mixing patterns adds a certain level of warmth — something you can keep around all year long.

Since we still have some time ahead of us before the seasons change, we’ve asked 11 designers to tell us how they decorate a room to add warmth and make winter a little more inviting. From lighting to surrounding yourself with meaningful, found objects, this is a great roundup of resources that I know I’ll personally be turning to when I need a change. —Erin

  1. Chaucee says:

    Loved this piece of advice from Jen Hewett: “Fill your rooms with things you love, rather than worrying about whether pieces work together.” That’s something I had to get over when decorating my home – worrying if things went together. I decided that if I liked it, then I’d get it!

  2. SS says:

    Jen Hewett’s advice is spot on. When my husband and I moved into our first home in our 20’s, my decorating was based on what others (in particular home magazines) deemed to be on trend, not my own style. Fast forward to my 40’s and my home reflects my family and my history. It is filled with objects that bring to remembrance beautiful past events – from my husband’s beautiful artwork from his high school years, to my children’s first stories written in pre-school, to my grandmother’s handmade bedspread (sent as a wedding gift from Croatia). My home may not be considered “on trend” but it is a sanctuary for those that I love.

  3. Beth says:

    Jen Hewett is right on!

  4. christine says:

    make your style based on your evolution of your life keeping those things you love, giving away those things you know someone else would love. Then build and light your beloved treasures. The memories will keep you warm during those harsh dark days.

  5. Jemaima says:

    These are fantastic. I’ve always preferred a “warm” house over a light and bright one. It just feels more lived in and relaxing.


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