For me, January is all about hibernation.
With the excesses and parties of Christmas and New Year out of the way, I tend to like to stay huddled up with a cuppa and avoid leaving the house unless absolutely necessary. While many of us may see this time of year as a bit of a let-down after the fanfare of the end of year frivolities, there’s no reason not to rejoice in having a very good excuse to stay under the duvet for just five minutes longer.
With shorter days and longer nights and a drop in temperature, you may actually find sleeping is a little easier at this time of year. There is no blaring sun to wake you up at 4 in the morning and you might actually appreciate the steady sound of rain to lull you to sleep. So, really, there’s actually no better time to consider making a few small changes in the bedroom to ensure it’s a cosy haven for you when evening falls.
Choose your space
If your bedroom ends up being a bit of a dumping ground for laundry to be put away or you have yesterday’s mail taking up precious space on your nightstands, it may be time for a bit of a declutter to clear both the room and your head. I find this is a great time of year to purge - in with the old and out with the new, right? - so your first step might be to get ruthless with editing down anything you have. Whether it’s clothing, bedding and linens or the menagerie of clutter that seems to accumulate on any surface – purge what you don’t actually need or use any longer.
Once your surfaces are clear, a good deep clean is always a great start to making any room look better – yes, that might mean hoovering under the bed or steam cleaning the floor and don’t forget to clean your windows to give whatever light we do have a fair chance to shine in – but it’ll make for a much better base when it’s time to add a few cosy elements to create a blissful night’s sleep.
Light up your life
I find lighting is one of the most important elements to creating a really cosy space. While a large overhead light may be required for getting yourself ready to face the day, in the evenings, you’ll want your eyes to relax and so consider installing a dimmer switch to create a softer ambiance. Contemplate using table lamps on your chest of drawers and a pair to flank the bed as well to cast small pools of light around the space. If you like to wind down with a good book before turning in, consider installing wall lights that can be angled to your reading surface and then switched off without having to get up!
While Christmas may have passed, there’s no reason to pack away the fairy lights. They can create a lovely soft glow draped around the bed or a mirror for a playful touch. A soft-scented candle - lavender is the perfect relaxation scent - near the bed can also add warmth and ambiance to a room; just be sensible with them and be sure to snuff it out before you fall asleep!
As the temperature drops, consider adding a cosy wool or knitted throw to the end of your bed; perfect when you are feeling a little chilly. Choose colours that marry with the rest of your space for a chic look that’s also perfectly practical.
I have to admit, I do like a good few extra cushions on the bed as well to create that perfect little nest for Netflix marathons. Faux furs add a luxurious touch whilst soft woven fabrics go far to add a textural element that will make climbing into the bed extra inviting. If you don’t like the fussiness of additional cushions, the latest look is for just a single extra long lumbar cushion across your normal pillows – less to be moving around and it makes things easier when making the bed the next morning.
And finally, be sure to invest in the highest quality linens you can. Anything that touches your skin should be a careful consideration in the home and it’s worth splurging a little to ensure they are the softest and most luxurious, which is why the best hotels always have the most incredible sheets. Look out for higher thread counts as this will indicate the best quality and will only get softer the more they are washed. If you often get chilly at night, then consider soft flannel sheets or linen for a more casual approach.
The most important thing is that your bedroom in winter should appeal to your senses – soft light, textural accessories and sleep-inducing scents will, when combined, make for the perfect space to hibernate until spring arrives.
Kimberly Duran is an award-winning Interior Design blogger who chronicles her decorating journey in her blog, Swoon Worthy. Her style is unashamedly eclectic, bohemian and glamorous and when she's not helplessly drooling over design websites and adding things to the imaginary 'shopping basket' in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects, stalk eBay for bargains, take Instagram pictures of her cats and invest time in her on-going love affair with gold spray paint.