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Let Interior Design Warm Your Winter Home

It’s starting to get cold out there (for some of us, anyway) and it’s always a bummer when we have to start cranking up the thermostat – just more money out of our pockets as more heat slips through the cracks.</br></br>Lucky for us, there are a few ways to make our homes feel cozier through look and feel, and maybe even help us save some money on the heating bill while we’re at it.</br></br><strong>1. Tighten your furniture formations.</strong></br></br>Putting lots of space in your furniture arrangement can create pockets of isolation. It’s hard to feel close when everyone is sitting miles apart</br></br>Scooch furniture closer together to create a warmer, more intimate environment.</br></br><strong>2. Go traditional or rustic for a style that simmers with warmth.</strong></br></br>Some styles (we’re not pointing any fingers, Modern) just have a colder feel than others. You feel snuggly when you hear “country cabin,” whereas “Bauhaus bunker” sounds like a bunch of cold angles.</br></br>There’s no accounting for taste, which is a beautiful thing, but some designs just feel more comfortable to some.</br></br><strong>3. Try decorating in warmer materials.</strong></br></br>As alluded to above, styles that rely on glass, concrete and steel can really bring the chills, and the <a title="Leather Sofa" href="https://www.atgstores.com/furniture/living-room-furniture/sofas/sofas-loveseats/material/leather/" target="_blank">leather sofa</a> that feels so warm and buttery in summer will really give you a jolt when the temperature drops.</br></br>Warm up with more wood and upholstered furniture and you might notice things getting a little more comfy.</br></br><strong>4. Bring out the blankets and throws.</strong></br></br>This is as practical as it is decorative. <a title="Blankets &amp; Throws" href="https://www.atgstores.com/home-decor/textiles/blankets-throws/" target="_blank">Blankets and throws</a> warm up rooms as well as they do cold feet.</br></br>Drape them over furniture, stack them on the floor or just leaving them lying around; blankets in cold rooms don’t need to be folded.</br></br><strong>5. Focus flow through the warmest areas of your home.</strong></br></br>In places where it’s really cold it’s not uncommon to close off sections of a house to save on heating. The same thing can be accomplished with a little intentional interior design.</br></br>One way to work this into your design is to seal off leaky doors and then move furniture in front of them to fill out the room; to make it look like the natural flow of things. You can do the same with drafty windows and stairwells, too, if you won’t be using them in the winter months.</br></br>Stay warm this winter, and enjoy using these tips to keep things cozy.
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