how to fake winter in warm climates
no sweat ways to cozy up your summery space.
Published Nov 19, 2015 5:00 AM
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by Liz Thompson
Feel you are missing out on comfy cold weather decor? There are simple ways to add a cozy feel to your home without the snow, wind, or sleet. Kick off those flip-flops and get ready to add serious snuggle factor to your space.
Green your scene
It may already be green outdoors, but don’t let that stop you from adding more. Lush wreaths and garlands fit in anywhere. You can never have too much of this good thing.
All warmth, no heat
When an actual fire is overkill, candles light up the room and add the feel of warmth without the heat. Cluster a variety of types and sizes in a fireplace, on a table, or windowsill. And you know what they say about candlelight being the most flattering…
Throw some shade
Where candles are unsuitable, try swapping out lamp shades for something warmer. Gold or even plaid spice up your scene and add natural glow.
All that glitters
If you dwell in a truly tropical enviro, you may want to (understandably) skip the cozy factor altogether. Think sparkle instead! Silver, gold, crystal, and mercury glass decorations usher in a holiday mood in uber cool style.
What says cozy like curling up on a sheepskin rug by the fire? Not just for freezing temps, this look totally works lake or beach side too.
Trim a tiny tree
Beachy vibe goes on holiday with nontraditional “trees”. Pine branches in large sea glass inspired bottles are ripe for the decorating.
Sweet sweater stuff
So maybe you aren’t wearing sweaters, but they can still cozy up your space. How heavenly do wooly pillows, throws, and poofs look adorning a room?
No flurries doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the beauty of snow-glazed branches. A flocked tree says winter and mixes beautifully with minimalist interiors.
Decorate with seasonal fruits for a fresh, festive vibe. Think pears, pomegranates, and citrus. Pair with gold or silver vases for autumn or holiday flair.
Fresh flowers aren’t only for spring and summer. Use seasonal flowers –paperwhites, poinsettias, and amaryllis—to add a touch of natural cheer.
Position autumnal or winter branches in large vases around your home to create a dramatic seasonal look. Magnolia and willow are perfect for fall. Try pine and winterberry for the holidays.
Forget lemonade and mojitos for the moment, and set up a hot chocolate bar for your next gathering. Make it kid and adult-friendly with flavored syrups, liqueurs, and fun accoutrements.
Low key mantel
Earthy colors and natural textures make for a light and breezy palette. Mix holiday decorations with simple pieces, like driftwood and seagrass.
Deck the floors
A super easy way to add a warm and comfy feel to your room is bylayering rugs
. Toss a fuzzy flokati on top of your everyday rug or bare floor.
To get your holiday vibe on with serious chill factor, display ice luminaries at your next party. Seasonal flowers, fruits, and greenery make for pretty table décor.
Plaid is the pattern of the season. Everything from pillows to dinnerware is adorned with the design. The perfect way to add instant coziness without piling it on too thick.
Pretty in pink
Get your holiday decor on in an all new way. Holiday decor in nontraditional colors take on a modern look.
Nothing says easy breezy like boho chic. Throw a lively serape blanket under your tree instead of a traditional skirt—and don’t skimp on the color.
Bring the festivities poolside? Absolutely! Go all out with the decorations in vibrant green and blue hues made to match your surroundings.