It certainly has been a snowy, icy, cold winter here in southwestern Ontario and by February, you’re probably ready to warm up a little. Nothing beats curling up in your favourite room of the house to enjoy a spellbinding book, a funny movie or great company. A chill in the air can take the joy right out of it though. Here are some great tips to warm up the interior of your home without touching the thermostat.

Cover up! The layered look works well for clothing, why not home décor? A few cozy throws and some big, fluffy pillows can add warmth and style to your home. Without cluttering, find ways to layer with warm, winter fabrics like wool, knits and faux fur.

Warm up your floors. An area rug is a great way to not only tie together the décor in your room, but also warm up a cool tile or hardwood floor. If you’re thinking of a remodel, consider heated tile floors for the ultimate in luxury.

Go bold and bright. The shorter days of winter can leave our homes feeling dark and dreary. The effect a warm, glowing lamp can have on a space is remarkable. Adding lamps with dimmer switches will give your room an intimate and inviting feel, while lighting a candle will create heat and add to the ambiance

Keep the cold out.  A set of heavy drapes will help keep the heat in and the cold out.

Colour. Introduce a new colour palette by changing up your accessories, or add a fresh coat of paint on a feature wall. Think rusts, golds, reds, browns and greens. Don’t be afraid to go dark because it can give your room a cozy feel.

Invest in a dehumidifier. Removing moisture from the air eliminates that damp cold effect found in some rooms, like the basement. The air coming out of the dehumidifier is slightly warmer than it was going in.