Nothing says winter like snuggling into a cozy bed with extra layers to keep out the cold. While it isn’t practical — or affordable — to completely change up your bedroom for the winter, there are simple changes you can make to create a more inviting space during those cold winter months.
Bring in the blue
Photo credit: Martha O’Hara Interiors
Think winter shades are all about dark plaids and holiday reds? Think blue — soothing, serene shades that coordinate well with colors from earth tones to cream. This bedroom makeover by Martha O’Hara Interiors of Minneapolis pulls in subtle shades of blue with the existing bedding, making a small change with big impact.
Get the look: The lodge duvet cover (Pottery Barn, $89-$129) captures the wintry image of a log cabin lodge from a vintage wrapping paper design and brings in the cool blues we love. Toss this ultra-plush down throw in foggy blue (L.L. Bean, $70) at the foot of the bed for an extra layer on the coldest nights. Add in a set of the alpine blue flannel houndstooth sheets (Lands’ End, $164-$244) and you just might stay in bed an extra 15 minutes.
White feels right
Photo credit: Peter A. Sellar
Winter white is a color that ranges in shades from the bright white of a snowdrift to the warmer, toned-down white of a sheepskin rug. Many people feel that white in winter is against the rules — but the rules have changed. This beautiful bedroom captured by architectural photographer Peter A. Sellar of Toronto not only captures the cool beauty of winter whites but also incorporates the blues we love.
Get the look: For a dramatic winter effect, go all white with the INC International Concepts Incline Collection queen-size duvet cover (Macy’s, $150). You can’t be cold with this Dream chenille throw in cream (Lands’ End, $70) to add an extra layer. Top it all off with Portuguese flannel sheets (Lands’ End, $69-$129) and you’ve got a stunning and cozy place to hunker down no matter how cold it is outside.
Invite nature inside
Photo credit: Liz Marie
Chilly air keeping you inside? Bring a touch or two of nature into your bedroom so you don’t feel lost indoors. This master bedroom makeover by lifestyle blogger Liz Marie uses several touches of nature to add a warm, cozy feel to the space. She chose a DIY pallet headboard for warm wood tones and chose bedding that features owls for a subtle touch of the woods. Warm mustard accents are reminiscent of fields of mustard, and the DIY boxwood wreath adds a great finishing touch.
Get the look: The Tweet Tweet flannel duvet cover (The Company Store, $69-$129) brings a touch of nature in with the cute bird print. You won’t feel the cold with the cabled fleece throw (L.L. Bean, $79) as an extra layer. Top off the nature vibe with a cute snow owl pillow (Pier 1, $30).
When those chilly nights hit and even your ears are cold, nothing feels better than hunkering down under heavy blankets, throws and down duvets. No matter what your color scheme, more layers at night means everyone can stay more comfortable.
Get the look: Whether you favor wintry whites or soft blues — or want to go all-traditional holiday red — you’ll love one of these cozy cable knit throws (Pottery Barn, $99) to toss on the bed. This bronze popcorn throw (Pier 1, $40) is nubby and cozy and mixes in nicely with almost any bedding you choose. Add a layer with this oversize down throw blanket (Eddie Bauer, $65) and you’ve just found a reason to stay in bed longer.
Whimsy for the wee ones
Photo credit: Anita Roll Murals
If your little ones love a wintry feel, why not take the whole bedroom in that direction? This beautiful and whimsical wintertime mural by Anita Roll Murals of Georgia changes the whole feel of this bedroom. Blues and whites play a role, as well as big, huggable stuffed animals.
Get the look: Nothing is cuter than this woodland comforter cover (Company Kids, $69) to bring some winter color and cuteness into your kid’s room. Toss on this Bear Lodge reversible pillow (Target, $25) for a woodsy feel. Add this adorable moose throw (Land of Nod, $99) and your little creature will be comfortable all winter long.