We all recognize fall as a season of change. The leaves around us change their colors, the warmth and humidity of the summer give way to drier days and cooler nights, and our activities shift from outdoor to indoor pursuits, like snuggling up under a warm blanket with a good book and some hot cocoa. Fall is certainly a time to appreciate on its own merits, but it’s also a time to get ready for what comes next. That’s why, when the leaves begin their gentle cascade to the ground, it’s usually a sure signal that even colder weather isn’t too far behind. By now, you’ve probably brought out your comfiest sweaters, scarves and mittens, but have you prepared your bedroom for the winter season? The pleasures of a warm and cozy home can’t be underrated, and that’s especially true when it comes to your bed. Fortunately, it’s never too late to transition your bed for winter. Here’s how to do it:
Find and Mind the Gaps
One important way to get ready for cooler seasons is to check your bedroom (not to mention the rest of your home) for drafts. It’s amazing how even the smallest of drafts can make a space feel cold, even when you have the heat on. One good tip for locating drafts is to walk around each window and door slowly with a lit candle in hand. If you see the flame flicker at any point, that’s a good sign you’ve located a draft. Replace your weather stripping or add some extra foam strips in those locations. You might also consider placing some draft excluders around places that have larger gaps, including the base of your bedroom door. On the coldest of nights, you may find that the best option is to heat your bedroom and shut the door to keep the warmth in.
A Sweater for Your Windows
Another smart tip for improving heat insulation around your windows is to hang some thicker, heavier curtains for the winter season instead of the lighter curtains you may have enjoyed during the summer. When closed, they’ll help to block out external light, which is important for creating an optimal sleep environment. They’ll also trap more warmth inside, which creates a cozier space and may even cut down some on your heating costs.
Change Out Your Sheets
The first step towards making your bed toasty warm is to switch out your bed sheets for those that will provide the best insulation. Some people enjoy flannel sheets, but they can become uncomfortably hot. Cotton is a great material for winter sheets as it has both insulating and temperature regulating abilities. Bamboo is another great option for a cozy sleep. Whichever fabric you choose, be sure to use both a fitted sheet and top sheet in order to stay snug.
Layer with Blankets and Coverlets
A simple, yet effective option is to layer on a warm quilt or coverlet for extra warmth on colder nights. The right blanket also makes a nice finishing statement of visual style when used as a top layer. It even makes a great addition when simply folded as an accessory at the foot of your bed!
Our quilted blankets and coverlets are the ideal finishing touch for your bed. One option is the Diamond Blanket Collection – with a clean, diamond-stitched pattern and a light look and feel, this premium performance blanket adds both warmth and modern, stylish texture to any bedroom. There’s also our Madison Quilted Blanket, made of extra-finely woven microfiber, which can be used as a comforter or coverlet. Or, for the ultimate in winter comfort, there’s our luxuriously plush Cloud Blanket. It really is as delightful as it sounds! To complete the layered look, many of our quilts and coverlet collections have matching pillow shams available, too!
Warm Up Your Bedroom Palette
Texture and layers aren’t the only way you can make your bed and bedroom feel extra cozy. Use a bit of color psychology by adding warm colors to your space and your bedding. This might mean rich, deep hues or simply wintery neutrals like blues and grays. Texture and patterns can also add warmth.
Add a Throw to Warm Up and Set Apart Any Space
Our throw blankets embody functional luxury. They are timeless in style and can easily be used anywhere in your home. Choose from a Velvet Faux Fur Throw, a deliciously soft Cloud Throw, or one of our handmade signature throws. Each throw is a unique work of art that will elevate the warmth and style of your home. Our throws also make beautiful gifts for birthdays, Christmas, or any special occasion!
New this season, there’s also our Embrace Throw, which combines the look of faux fur with the ease of being machine washable!
Put a Rug Down
There’s nothing worse on a winter morning than stepping out of the cocoon of your bed and onto a cold floor! Make sure that you avoid this by laying down a beautiful rug in your bedroom. The best place to place it is at the foot of the bed so that it frames the end and integrates well with the décor of the room.
Pets Appreciate Layers Too!
Don’t forget your four-legged friends – while they may carry their own fur coats, they still love to feel cozy too! Stylish pet blankets also make functional protectors for when your pet joins you on the sofa, bed, or in the car. After all, nothing’s cozier on a winter night than cuddles with your best furry friend!
Layering is all about options, and here at Jennifer Adams we’re all about providing you with the best layering options that combine both warmth and comfort for your bed and your home during the cooler seasons!