My master bedroom, including natural colors and a warm wood shade.
Throughout my quest to find peace with the place we live and things we’re surrounded by, I’ve spent a lot of time evaluating the decor in our home and the items that we really need. I’ve come to find that while I love completely minimal decor, I love it more when there is a certain warmth to it. Here’s a few ways to add more warmth to what seems like an empty space.
Envision your space.
It always helps me to first try to envision how I want the space to feel. I am not drawn to bright colors or patterns, so a space that is neutral, natural, and peaceful is generally what I aim for. I may pull a photo or two into design software to see how changes I want to make may look as well. If you’re a little lost, it helps to browse online and save rooms that you like (Pinterest is great for this). What about those rooms makes them feel warm to you. Is it the colors, textures, or simply an item that reminds you of a special moment? Once you identify this, you’re ready to move on.
Make a checklist.
Now that you have those special feelings narrowed down to something tangible, make a checklist of what you need to do to apply those to your own home. I love very natural decor, so adding warm wood and woven elements to my room was important to me.
Choose your palette.
Once you’ve decided how you’re going to add warmth, make an actionable plan to add that feeling to your room. Choose paint colors that aren’t too overwhelming for the space and other textures that might add the feeling you’re looking for. I love to add texture and objects with muted color to keep that natural feel that I love so much.
Add your decor.
Now that you’ve got the big items under control, add your decor. This can be items that are personal to you, or items that really resonate with what you feel brings warmth. I love to incorporate plants, favorite books, and items from our travels into the decor of our home. Sometimes I come across a soft blanket with a nice texture that just feels warm and fuzzy to me. Naturally it needs to come home (I might be a blanket hoarder), which leads me to…
Know when to stop.
Now that you’ve added your items to bring warmth to the space, be sure to take a step back and evaluate how the space feels. Edit if you need to. Remember that even though you want the space to feel warm, less is still more.
My entryway, including plants and favorite magazines.
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How do you like to add warmth to your space?