It's Valentine's Day and in the spirit of love we thought that we'd talk a bit about creating a warm and loving atmosphere in your home at any time of the year. Your home is the place that you look forward to entering at the end of a long day and it's a great place to snuggle down when it’s cold outside. Here are some helpful tips to warm up the atmosphere of your house:
Create soft lighting
Instead of using the cold ceiling lights in a certain room, use lamps that produce a softer light. If you're using LED bulbs you can purchase them with a softer glow that adds warmth to the room. Candles also add light and add some love to the home.
Consider painting your walls in orange and red tones that will make a room feel snug and cozy. Avoid blues that tend to add a cold feeling to an area.
Curtains are warmer than blinds
Blinds have a modern look that is sleek and sharp but they don't add a lot of warmth to a room. Blinds, however, are extremely functional and you don't necessarily have to get rid of them to create warmth. Curtains can be used along with blinds or as a trim for them. Curtains also help to keep the cold air out and the warm air in during the winter months.
A large area rug
Nothing says warm as much as a large comfy area rug, whether you have a fireplace or not. For an extra warm feeling head back to the 1980s and get a large shag rug that you can dip your toes into.
Make your house smell warm
There's nothing warmer and more inviting than smelling some homemade chocolate chip cookies that are baking in the oven or some homemade bread. If you don't have the time or the inclination to do some cooking you can purchase incense and candles that burn off wonderful scents such as cinnamon and vanilla.
Happy Valentine’s Day 2014!