We all know how tough it can be to tear ourselves from warm, cosy beds on those cold winter mornings. A bedroom should be your restful sanctum where you can unwind, calm down and warm up. It’s where you begin and end each day, so it’s worth making a bit of effort to make the space feel welcoming and peaceful. If your bedroom is in need of a bit of extra cosiness, we’ve got a few ideas that will help ramp up the temperature. An they’re light on the wallet too. Here are 10 easy and affordable ways to warm up your bedroom this winter…
10 ways to warm up your bedroom for winter
1). Make the bed the focal point
Let’s face it, the bed is the most important piece of furniture in the room. And, luckily, it’s easy enough to make it super cosy for the winter months. Now’s the time to bring out those heavy throws and blankets that are usually hidden in linen cupboards or spare rooms. Make the bed the hero of the room with layered linens – possibly spritzed with a bit of light linen spray – and scatter cushions to increase the luxe factor. You can move blankets in from the guest room or living room if you don’t want to spend anything extra. Or, treat yourself to a glamorous new throw. The last step is to remember to make the bed every morning so you can’t wait to collapse into it in the evening.
Shaggy Throw in Grey Melange, from R649 at Woolworths
2). Cover cold floors
If you’re struggling to get out of bed in the morning, it might be the thought of stepping onto cold wood or tiled floors that’s putting you off. A plush carpet would be that much more inviting and would seriously help warm up the whole bedroom. It’s more than just decor, because carpets help to improve the insulation on cold winter nights. If you don’t have a spare rug to use in the bedroom, there are reasonably-priced options available. Check out second-hand stores or keep an eye out on social media groups. A bit of investment here will be worth it to keep bare feet warm to and from the bed.
Jacquard Plain Tufted Rug, R359,99 at Mr Price Home
3). Up the cosy factor
While some of these ideas might be purely aesthetic, they still help create an atmosphere of calm and cosiness. To visually warm up your bedroom this winter, hang a few fairy lights or display them in glass jars. And appeal to the other senses by introducing scented candles or romantic room diffusers. Go for aromas of warm vanilla, cinnamon, cedar or musk that remind you of cosy winter cabins or family comforts. There are many layers to a truly warm space…
4). Create extra seating
If there’s space, make room to pull up an extra chair in the bedroom. It’ll make the room feel more welcoming, especially with a warm throw draped over the back. For a casual look, you might like a comfy bean bag chair. If you’re a bit of a book worm, go the extra mile and create a special reading nook for yourself where you can curl up with your favourite hard cover and a cup of tea in the chilly winter afternoons.
Bean Bag Chair – Grey, R1 999 from Sixth Floor at Superbalist
5). Get that Himalayan glow
On the subject on romantic lighting, you can’t go wrong with these increasingly-popular salt lamps. Not only do they create a pink-toned glow and add a bit of natural texture to a room, but they’ve also been said to offer multiple health benefits. According to some, a Himalayan salt lamp will help purify the air so you can breathe better at night, and give off positive energy to create a feeling of peace. Either way, they’re a great way to up the warmth in your bedroom.
Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp Natural Shape, R420 at Faithful to Nature
6). Turn down the lights
Proper lighting can make all the difference in a room, especially in winter when it’s cold and gloomy outside. Make sure that all bulbs are working and include a bedside lamp for reading if you don’t already have one. If you can, spread a few lamps around the room to help create a cosy glow. Winter isn’t the time for harsh downlighting and stark brightness. It’s all about toning it down and warming things up.
7). Keep the candles burning
There’s no doubt that candles – no matter the shape, size, or scent – help warm up a room by creating a sense of romance and luxury. But, it’s not always the wisest idea to have an open flame in a room filled with lush fabrics. To avoid a sudden blaze, burn candles in glass jars, lanterns or even terrarium boxes. This will help you stay on the safe side, while still providing that cosy touch. Candles are an important element of the Danish design concept ‘hygge’ that’s all about the warmth of human connection and comfort. Don’t go without them.
Image by zazahomes.co.uk
8). Don’t forget nature
Doesn’t it make you feel special when your home is dotted with beautiful blooms? Even if you did have to buy them yourself. A simple arrangement can make even the coldest of bedrooms feel more welcoming and cheerful, so you don’t have to spend a fortune on a pricey bouquet. Pick a few flowers from the garden or – for a long-term investment – buy a lovely potted plant that’ll bring you joy all year round.
Anthurium in 14cm Pot with Cover, R159,99 at Woolworths
9). Do a digital detox
Tempting as it may be to work under the covers on a cold winter day, leave technology outside the bedroom. The glowing lights and intermittent hums from your laptop definitely don’t promise a restful night’s sleep. And, according to sleep experts, could even affect your circadian rhythms – or biological clock – making it difficult to sleep soundly. Do yourself a favour and make the bedroom a digital detox area – it’ll warm it up in no time.
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10). Invest in elegant sleepwear
Slip into something more sophisticated at bedtime – and do away with those old T-shirts and baggy sleep shorts. They’ll make you feel glamorous and comfortable. And will hopefully help warm up the bedroom in more ways than one
Sleep shirt & shorts set – dusty pink, R399 at Superbalist
Time to get toasty!