Living Space: Use layering to add warmth, coziness in your bedroom
With the holidays behind us, the longest weeks of winter lie ahead. Although January and February are thought of as the winter months, sometimes spring feels the coldest. Facing such frigid temperatures, sometimes the most comfortable way to stay warm is to curl up in bed with a book. But what if your bedroom is anything but cozy? All you need is a little layering of warmth-enhancing elements to create a warm, dreamy retreat.
Take advantage of sales
Post-holiday sales are a terrific way to load up on flannel, fleece or jersey sheet sets that will feel delicious to slip between at the end of a cold day. There are several types of fleece sheets to choose from, as well as microfleece varieties. For a sensual, luxurious feel that will make it seem impossible to get out of bed, try microplush sheets. Soft, sumptuous and toasty, they caress your skin in a way flannel can't touch. (cozyfleecesheets.com)
When it comes to patterns, you're no longer stuck with traditional options like snowflakes, penguins and polar bears. Many winter sheets are now available in smart-looking paisleys, plaids and solids.
Creating a luxurious bedroom retreat is about having plenty of options for warmth. Large, plush blankets care great for topping the bed when you want to relax before slipping under the sheets for the night. Add some large, fluffy European square pillows in a soft texture, like alpaca, to lean against while watching TV or reading. To give the bedroom a warm, golden glow, add a candle garden on top of a dresser. Fill a large plate or platter with small stones or glass pebbles and add four to six pillar candles in varied heights.
On the floor, add sheepskin or fluffy rugs, such as shag. (Target.com) Place one on either side of the bed so you have a warm spot step when you get up in the morning. Add a runner if the walk to the bathroom transitions from carpet to cold tile or wood.
To bring more warmth directly to you, add a tray in the bedroom with coffee mugs, an electric kettle or pod machine and an assortment of soothing herbal teas or comforting cocoas. These warm drinks will help you end evenings on a warm note or start the morning off with something toasty to hold in your hand.
Add a coat rack in the bedroom to hang fluffy bathrobes of varying thicknesses for changing day-to-day temperatures. If the windows are not completely sealed, pick up some jacquard, chenille or velvet at a fabric store or order online (fabric.com) to create a thick extra curtain. Have the cloth cut, add clip-on rings and voila, you have an instant remedy to drafty windows and another layer of warmth in the room.
Kathryn Weber is a home and decorating columnist and publishes the Red Lotus Letter feng shui ezine. For more information, contact Weber through her website, redlotusletter.com.