Just like the weather and fashion, home décor changes with the seasons—you learn to swap out your spring decorations for beach-themed summer décor, or you bring in heavy fleece blankets as the weather gets colder, it’s all a part of life.
And, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 34% of adults report that they sleep more in the winter months, which means having a winter-ready bedroom is even more important than usual during this time. In other words, you’ll want your bedroom optimized for winter. Here’s how to do that.
Winter is a cold time of year, and nothing sounds better than snuggling up underneath some throw blankets while watching snow fall outside. To get your bedroom winter-ready, you can add some blankets to your set up—you can fold one in a color that compliments the décor in your room at the end of the bed, lay one over the back of a chair, or fill seagrass baskets with an assortment of blankets that you can easily grab on a cold day.
Yes, twinkling lights may usually go on your Christmas tree or around your home’s outdoor railing, but you can also put up some pretty string lights for a glimmering winter setting. You can really put them anywhere, but they’d look particularly good around your bedroom windows or around your headboard (just make sure they don’t interfere with your sleep!).
For less of a statement but still a cozy addition, you can get mini string lights and place them in a few glass mason jars throughout your bedroom. How’s that for a touch of whimsy?
Flannel sheets are one of the easiest swaps to make during the winter months—and one of the most necessary, too. Your tried-and-true cotton sheets probably aren’t keeping you toasty warm on snowy, dark winter nights, which is not ideal for anyone hoping to get in a good night’s rest. You can simply swap in flannel sheets for your cotton sheets for a classic and practical winter bedroom tune-up.
Sherpa is a quintessential winter fabric that keeps you warm and adds a touch of winter comfort to any item, whether clothes, outerwear or home accessories. This winter, get yourself some Sherpa throw pillows, a Sherpa blanket or even a full-on Sherpa chair to add some classic winter texture to your bedroom in time for the cold-weather months.
Not only will your bedroom be cozy and warm for the winter, but it will be trendy, too. A recent Vogue article stated that fuzzy fabrics are all over runways and in-person and online stores. So, you can’t go wrong with this decision—plus, even if this trend goes out of style, who doesn’t love some fuzzy home décor options in the winter months whether they’re trending or not.
Yes, holiday décor typically is meant for the living room or den, but there’s no reason why you can’t bring the holiday cheer to your bedroom by getting yourself a mini-Christmas tree for a bedroom corner, a pretty menorah for your bedside table or some sparkly decorations to ring in the New Year. This will add an instant jolt of happiness to your day as soon as you wake up. In fact, according to an article on Today.com, decorating for holidays can make you happier. The article states seasonal decorations bring up feelings of nostalgia, make the space feel special and out of the ordinary and even boost levels of dopamine, a happy hormone your body creates.
Beyond the holiday season, you can also try decorating for upcoming winter holidays like Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. This way, you can keep the fun going all the way to spring.
Candles evoke an instant sense of calm, warmth, and happiness, and who wouldn't want those three emotions brought up for the winter months? Buy yourself candles in your favorite scents and place them throughout your room for the winter. You can even create a winter wind-down routine for yourself where you light the candles before bed and spend some time reading or watching TV. This way, you’ll feel cozied up on a cold night.
Having a bedroom that is a welcoming respite from the winter cold is what you need for a more pleasant season—you’ll be warmer and cozier and will probably even get better sleep throughout.