Decorating the Bedroom for Winter

  • 01 of 08

    Decorating the Bedroom for Winter

    Heavy-gauge knit comforter
    Apartment Therapy

    When the weather turns blustery, your bedroom should be a warm cocoon of comfort. But that doesn’t mean you need an entire room makeover with every change of the season – all it really takes is a few touches to harmonize your space with the time of year. The eight bedrooms featured here show you how to do winter right… cozy, warm and full of style.

    Continue to 2 of 8 below.
  • 02 of 08

    Texture is Key

    Luxury throw, chenille throw pillows
    Better Homes and Gardens

    It’s easy to ward off winter chill when your bedroom has as much cozy texture as the one shown here. Nubby knits layered on the bed, a rustic basket to hold odds and ends, a living plant – even better when it’s a fragrant herb like the lavender grown here – and floors covered up with a thick area rug if the room doesn’t have carpet all add up to a warm welcome. Switch out your smooth cotton duvet cover or comforter for a heavy knit blanket and add extra warmth to your toes with a fuzzy throw blanket folded across the foot of the bed. Finish the scene with shams covered in velvet or another thick fabric. The idea is to add a variety of heavy textures -- which create a warm vibe -- rather than the smooth surfaces that cool you down in the summer.

    Continue to 3 of 8 below.
  • 03 of 08

    Just a Touch of Holiday Magic

    Mood lighting

    Along with frozen noses and toes, winter brings the holidays. While the living room generally gets most of the festive flair, there’s no reason not to add a touch of magic to your bedroom décor as well. And what could be more enchanting than drifting off to sleep under a collection of pretty glass and metallic ornaments suspended from the ceiling with lengths of satin ribbon? Easy, elegant and suitable even for the tiniest bedrooms…. perfect.

    Continue to 4 of 8 below.
  • 04 of 08

    Mad for Plaid

    Plaid is rad

    It’s classic, yet never boring. It’s festive, but not holiday-specific. It’s colorful, but not too wild. It’s plaid, and it’s a great way to warm up the winter bedroom. Traditional red, green or blue plaids are all equally suitable; their deep jewel tones do the best job of chasing away gloom during the dark days of winter. A plaid blanket or throw pillow adds just enough warmth or go all-out with a plaid headboard like the one shown here. Old-school elegant: yes. Stodgy: not a bit.

    Continue to 5 of 8 below.
  • 05 of 08

    Pile on the Layers

    Fuzzy-warm flannel

    Lying in bed listening to the wind howling outside your bedroom windows can be cozy, but not if you’re shivering beneath the sheets. When the thermometer bottoms out, it’s time to build up the warmth with multiple layers of fabric on your bed. Start with flannel sheets, then a cozy comforter or quilt. Add a folded blanket or two to the foot of the bed, and then go even further with a throw tossed across the footboard. Now pile on a couple of extra decorative pillows for a luxuriously comfy finish. Even your dreams will be warm.

    Continue to 6 of 8 below.
  • 06 of 08

    Add Some Jewel Tones

    Rich hues
    Rose Uniacke

    You might assume that fiery colors from the warm side of the spectrum are most suited to the winter bedroom, but actually, it’s the deeper, cooler colors that look their best when the sun’s rays are lower in the sky. Saturated jewel tones of emerald, sapphire, amethyst, and ruby are strong enough to hold their own on overcast winter days, adding rich color that wakes up the bedroom without washing out to dispirited gray the way softer tints might. As always, when you are decorating with dramatic or dark hues, remember that a little bit goes a long way. A throw blanket, toss pillows or window treatment in a gorgeous jewel tone is all it takes.

    Continue to 7 of 8 below.
  • 07 of 08

    Winter White is Right

    Winter whites
    Zara Home

    Pure white is cool and serene in the summer months, but when the wind is howling outside your window, it’s the creamier tones of winter white that chase away the chill. A palette of cream and softest neutrals is always gorgeous, but it’s extra-cozy in the wintertime. To avoid a bland look, however, make sure to add at least one splash of color, like the pretty purple flowers shown here.

    Continue to 8 of 8 below.
  • 08 of 08

    Molten Metal

    Copper lighting
    Style Your Senses

    Cool silver, chrome, and pewter keep you comfortable through the dog days of summer, but when the calendar is down to its last page, it’s the warm metals that bring cozy comfort to the bedroom. Like all metallic surfaces, copper, gold, brass and bronze bounce light around the space, eliminating winter gloom, but it’s their warm tones that really chase away the chill. If you don’t want to add a gorgeous copper ceiling fixture like the one shown here, consider adding warm metal in the form of a dresser-top tray, bedside lamp or metallic accents on a throw blanket or pillow.