Creating a Winter Sanctuary: Top Tips for Bedroom Decor to Combat the Cold

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Written By Brad Smith

As the temperature drops and Winter sets in, we all crave a cosy and inviting retreat from the cold. Transforming your bedroom into a seasonal sanctuary not only adds warmth and comfort but also creates a soothing haven for those chilly nights. Let’s snuggle up and explore ways to adapt your bedroom decor to make your space a cosy and inviting escape from the cold. From warm colour palettes to layering bedding and incorporating winter-themed decor, let’s discover how to create a Winter sanctuary in your bedroom.

creating a winter sanctuary top tips for bedroom decor to combat the cold

Warm Colour Palette

One of the easiest and most effective ways to create a cosy atmosphere in your bedroom is by adopting the use of warm colours throughout. Opt for rich, earthy tones such as deep reds, warm oranges, or soothing browns. These colours evoke a sense of warmth and cosiness, instantly transforming your space into a Winter retreat. And you don’t have to go as far as painting the walls with the changing of the season – introduce these shades through your accessories such as artwork, bedding, and more.

Layered Bedding

And speaking of bedding, you can easily combat the cold by layering your bedding with extra blankets, throws, and plush pillows. Invest in high-quality, insulating bedding materials such as flannel, bamboo, or fleece to keep you warm and snug during the winter nights. Mix and match different textures and patterns to add visual interest and create a luxurious and inviting bed. Be sure to look into the best duvet for cold nights so you can wrap up properly and stay warm during those chilly bedtimes.

Textured Fabrics

Incorporate textured fabrics throughout your bedroom to add depth and warmth. Consider investing in a plush rug or draping a cosy blanket over a chair or ottoman. Velvet or chenille curtains not only add texture but also help to insulate the windows, reducing drafts and keeping the room cosy. All these different textures not only feel nice, but they add an interesting visual element to the room which is always a bonus!

Soft Lighting

Create an ambience of tranquillity and warmth by embracing soft lighting in your bedroom. Swap out bright, overhead lights for table lamps or string lights with warm-toned bulbs. Use dimmers to adjust the lighting to your preference, creating a soothing environment perfect for unwinding in the evenings. Candles also help with enhancing the atmosphere, especially if you opt for nice seasonal scents – just be extra careful to blow them out before bedtime…

Winter-Themed Decor

Seasonal decor is fun and can really get you into a happy mood – it can even make you feel organised and on top of things! Because of this, it’s a great idea to add some to your bedroom as you’re creating your Winter sanctuary. Think about Christmas decorations, snowflake patterns, rustic wooden elements, dark flowers, and so on. As Winter gets closer, the shops will be full of fun seasonal decor from prints to draught excluders to themed cushion covers; you can buy some now and then bring them out each year!

Insulated Curtains

It’s a great idea to invest in insulated curtains for the Winter; not only do they keep the cold out and the warmth in, but they can also provide an extra style element to the room especially if you match the curtains to your other decor. Wool is a great choice for insulated curtains, as the material is crimped and tightly bound so it keeps in the heat. Blackout curtains tend to be double-lined, meaning they offer more insulation, so they’re a good option to look at too. You want something heavy and thick that doesn’t look too dated.

Space Heaters

If your room is feeling really cold, it might be worth getting yourself a space heater. This is a small heater used for one specific area of a room, and it can easily be moved from place to place throughout your house. Using a space heater is more affordable than having your central heating on – it allows you to limit the heating to the room you’re in, without having to heat the whole house, so you’re naturally spending less. They are fairly safe, but be sure to turn them off before going to sleep, and don’t place anything flammable within 3 feet of the heater itself.

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Creating Your Winter Sanctuary

All of these ideas are fantastic ways to turn your bedroom into a lovely Winter sanctuary – choosing those warm shades, layering cosy blankets, incorporating new textures, and adding in some seasonal decor. When it’s cold and wet outside, the best thing ever is snuggling up in a cosy bed for an early night with a good book and a hot chocolate. If your room is something inviting, then you’re all set!

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Written by Brad Smith

CEO & Lead Interior Designer

Brad Smith is an experienced interior designer and the founder of With a Master's degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute and a passion for creating safe and healthy living spaces, Brad shares his expert insights and innovative design ideas with our readers. His work is driven by the belief that home is where every story begins.