How to make your home warm and inviting by HILARY FARR
Have you ever walked into a home that is gorgeous in every way, but missing that feeling of warm, welcoming coziness? Here are some tips to make sure that’s not your house.
Start with lighting. Overhead lighting alone is cold and harsh and very unflattering (believe me, I know!). The aim is to make artificial light as beautiful as the natural variety. Add table and floor lamps (in a style you love) to create ambient light that will blend with the light from above for soft, warm illumination. Place lamps by a chair or sofa to create a cozy reading nook. Add lamps to your entry or a forgotten corner of a room.
Windows that are naked are literally cold. Without drapes you’re missing the opportunity to make a beautiful design statement while creating actual warmth and visual coziness. Heavier fabric insulates against the cold. Closed, curtains shut out the night; open them and the fabric frames your windows like a piece of art.
Area rugs add beauty and warmth to any room or area in a home. They bring in color and texture to a sitting area, creating a defined space that is inviting and intimate. Take off your shoes and wriggle your toes on the rug while you hang out with kids and friends. Your pets will thank you too.
I love to snuggle into my sofa with plush pillows at my back, my toes covered in a soft, lush throw while I’m watching TV or reading. Put throws on chairs and sofas to add color and warmth to any furniture. It’s so inviting for guests and family—and, of course, those pets.
Smell is such an evocative sense. Candles with essential oils and soy will soothe and comfort, and the flickering flame is romantic anytime, day or night.
We all work hard and deserve a bedroom that’s a cozy and luxurious nest to relax in. A warm, fluffy duvet filled with silk, down or synthetic, with a cover made of soft, natural fibers, is irresistible. Add big Euro pillows to snuggle into for a perfect night’s sleep.
Hilary Farr started her successful design company, Hilary Farr Design, in Toronto in 1996. She is the design host on HGTV’s successful show Love It or List It, now in its 10th year.