Decorate for warmth

The days are getting shorter and winter will soon be upon us. We offer some tips on creating a welcoming, warm home without totally overhauling your living spaces.


Over the past few years we have experienced the effects of climate change. Summers are hotter and winters can be colder than what we are used to. For South Africans, winter is a brief period in our annual calendar, and we don't go out of our way to decorate for the colder months, but there are a few ways to add warmth to a home without doing a total overhaul.

Depending on your location, our winters can be dry or wet. But one thing all areas have in common in the drop in temperature. When it's cold outside, you want your home to be warm and cosy, and the easiest and most affordable way to do this is to add texture, whether in the form of throws and cushions, layered window treatments, or area rugs.



Layer Windows, French and Sliding Doors

With the exception of doors, windows are the main culprits responsible for poor insulation in a home. This is easily remedied by adding curtains, whether a single drop or a layered treatment, to keep drafts at bay.

If you can’t find the perfect window treatment on the shelf - Finishing Touches Made to Measure service allows you to order curtains made to your exact measurements. Plus, they offer  Ready Made curtain rods, finials and tie backs for a professional window treatment in every room in the home. Click here to find your nearest Finishing Touches outlet..

Colour is also an essential element when creating mood and atmosphere, and for upping the heat in a room. Warm colours in all the many hues of red, are a wonderful way to add warmth to a cool room. You can easily do this with cushions and throws in dusky pinks, burgundy, burnt orange, deep yellow - and the endless colours that incorporate red.