Warm Textiles For
Those Chilly Days
The winter season is definitely the coldest of the year, with many things going into hibernation, including us in our homes. Although we often look to our heaters for solace, there are some additional choices we can make to stay warm. Here are the best types of winter textiles to use around the abode that will keep you toasty.
If you truly want to stay warm this season, you are going to need a bit of fleece in your life. Many people incorporate fleece into their existing bedding sets or around the home for extra warmth. Fleece blankets are common go-to items that you can place throughout various rooms should you get chilly (Land's End, $20).
Sometimes we need to feel warmth not just physically, but also visually. Mohair — or faux fur, for those who want an alternative — is a gorgeous textile for the winter season. Although typically in blanket form, you can create a textured wonderland with complementing accent pillows on your bed or in living areas (Restoration Hardware, $29-$49). A set makes for a great gift idea.
If you find that you aren't getting the necessary warmth with your current bedding, exchange it for velvet flannel bedding - it looks and feels glorious. However as velvet can get a bit pricey, for a more affordable option, choose a bedding set with a velvet-like feel to achieve a similar look and warmth (The Company Store, $79-$139).
Not all textiles have to come in the form of bedding, and leather is one of them. Notorious for its textural appeal, leather is a fun material to include in your decorating mix. Use leather (or faux leather) as accent pillows or even for your serveware, like trays and coasters (Mark & Graham, $45 for set of six). This is a fantastic way to introduce something modern and stylish.
Want to evoke the coziness of a rustic cabin retreat? Add animal skin. This is a great option for the design savvy to use in their current homes for winter style. You can place an animal skin over your existing floor textiles (it creates a wonderful layering effect) for enhanced visual warmth (Ikea, $199).
This is one of the main go-to winter textiles that everyone should consider for their abode. Flannel provides instant warmth and will truly keep you toasty during those blustery winter days. Add a flannel bedding set or throw you can place around your home (The Land of Nod, $69-$109).
There certainly is nothing wrong with transitioning cotton into the winter season — just make sure you up the texture. It's no secret that thicker knits give us an extra layer of protection when the weather turns chilly, so be sure to add a cotton knit blanket or two around your interior (Target, $40-$61).
Another component of the wool family is cashmere, a luxe textile commonly present during the cooler months. Lightweight and super soft in feel, this textile, here in the form of a hot-water bottle cover, adds much-needed warmth without heavy or excessive layers (Restoration Hardware, $59).
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