Creating warmth with more than a blanket

Throw rugs aren’t just for decoration, to be artfully strewn across the end of a bed, the side of a sofa or the back of a chair. Throw rugs and blankets in general are there to create warmth visually and also physically. Creating that visual and physical warmth doesn’t need to begin and end with a throw. There are many more ways to warm your home with the choices you make for inclusions in your spaces.

Flooring plays a big part in making your home warm and inviting.

The harder the flooring the colder it can be under foot, tiles for example are often particularly visually and physically cold, but there are options in combatting this. You can create a warm look with tiles by choosing natural or natural looking materials. Stone and wood being a perfect example of something physically hard but visually soft. The benefit too of using a tiled floor is underfloor heating, being particularly useful in bathrooms if not throughout the entire home.

Timber floors are a beautiful warm looking flooring option that classically is warmer and softer under foot than tiles. There are products on the market that allow for underfloor heating, but even without, a timber floor is more forgiving on your feet and creates a warm and natural look in any home. Vinyl planks and laminates come close to this look and feel but there is a lot to be said for the natural appeal of timber under foot.

Rugs play a great part in creating warmth.

A large rug under a bed where the room has hard flooring is the best way for your feet to be greeted each morning. Tumbling out of bed with your tootsies landing on something warm, soft and inviting just makes those cold mornings that much more bearable. It’s a lovely thing to be able to feel a soft rug under your feet before you turn in for the night too.

Rugs also are the perfect soft base for living spaces. Choosing a generously proportioned rug to sit under all of the furniture in your living space you can unite all of the elements in your room as well as giving yourself a soft and plush place to enjoy. Playing with neutrals or warm tones will just add to that sensation of warmth, large, chunky, woollen weaves upping the cosy factor to 100.

Working in lots of woollen, cotton and layered natural textures in your décor choices is a key way to create a warm and inviting look in your home. Chunky woollen weaves, layering in cotton, linen and velvet and using lots of natural fibres will give your rooms a physically and visually warm sensation. Using timbers or a warm metallic like gold or brass add to the feeling perfectly and will finish of your spaces elegantly to boot.

Warm colours are the way to go if you want to create a feeling of warmth in your spaces visually.

Avoiding cool blues and blue based greys as your predominant colour, favouring colours that have a red, yellow or orange base will create the right visual temperature. That doesn’t mean you have to stick to red, yellow or orange, but rather that your neutrals, greys, browns and blacks should have the warmer colours as their base. You can accent these warmer tones with something fresh like green or blue, but if your overarching palette is made up of warm based colours you’ll feel the difference.

Using warm coloured light globes will also create a sensation of being in a warmer space so be careful when choosing the colour temperature of light globes for pendants, sconces and lamp fittings.

By considering the feeling of your inclusions, physically, emotionally and visually will make it easy for you to see what pieces need to get stored away for summer and what gets to keep you warm on these cooler autumn/ winter nights.

Darren Palmer has a broad portfolio, having studied fine art & graphic design, originally working in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his own interior design studio and has been a judge on numerous seasons of The Block.