Turn Your Bedroom Into a Cozy Winter Retreat

The bedroom is the most personal space in your home and should always be something you feel comfortable in. When those cold winter days and night roll around, it’s only natural that you want that room to feel as cozy as possible. When it comes down to it, it doesn’t necessarily take much to add warmth to the room. From the simple to the detailed, here are some decorating ideas on how to turn your bedroom into a cozy winter retreat.


Color Scheme

This is probably the simplest place to start. If you want a winter retreat look, avoid bright colors like pink and orange, as well as the traditional red and green theme. Instead, keep nature in mind and lean toward colors like black, white, silver, blue, gold and brown. Even a subtle hint of purple or other metallics would work well with a winter bedroom. A no-fail color scheme that can make any bedroom look beautiful is a charcoal and steel gray palette, complemented with touches of silver and icy blues.

In need of color inspiration? Check out Pantone’s seasonal palette. Twice a year, the color experts release a palette full of gorgeous colors to inspire both your wardrobe and your home. You’d be amazed at how non-traditional many of their seasonal choices are. This gives you so much more freedom in picking your colors–and many of them can stick around in your home all year long. It really is a wonderful resource, so take advantage of it!


Textiles are the secret ingredient to a beautiful room. There are so many to choose from, making it easy to find something suitable for every season. In regards to winter, there are certain textiles you just can’t go wrong with. Some textiles that will really warm up your room include:

  • Organza–A shiny and sheer lightweight fabric made from silk. Works beautifully for sheer drapes.  
  • Cashmere–A soft textile that comes from the wool of goats. Perfect for accent pillows, throws, and duvet covers.
  • Organdy–A textile very similar to organza, but made from cotton rather than silk. Another great choice for window treatments.
  • Velvet–A woven tufted fabric, luxe to the eye and soft to the touch. Versatile enough for a variety of things including drapes and upholstery fabric.  
  • Wool–A soft and luxurious textile produced from a special class of animal body hair. Ideal for throws and rugs.
  • Faux fur–A cozy textile fabric fashioned to simulate genuine animal fur. Perfect for pillow covers and rugs, without costing a fortune.
  • Flannel–A soft, woven fabric typically made from either wool, cotton, or synthetic fiber. Great for sheets, throws, and pillow covers.
  • Silk–A luxurious, comfortable and absorbent fabric produced by certain insect larvae. Makes a great addition to a bedroom as a duvet cover.

All of them have unique qualities that will add personality and warmth to your bedroom–and as you can see from above, there are so many ways to use them! In addition to pillows, drapery, blankets, and throws, consider using these fabrics as comforters, on accent furniture, and even on headboards. Many of the fabrics listed above are extremely versatile, so don’t limit your creativity when decorating your wintry retreat. Rugs are also a great way to bring in layers of warmth, so don’t forget to shop around for something that’ll keep your tootsies cozy.

How much time and money you want to put into your design will dictate in what ways you choose to use fabric. Some certainly cost more than others, but the great thing is, they can be mixed and matched any way you choose.

If you find yourself struggling, head over to your local fabric store and let a sales associate help you. We have a wide variety of fabrics and rugs that can help you pull together a successful winter retreat.

Furniture, Lighting, and Accessories

If you have additional space in your bedroom, consider adding an intimate seating area. Place a pair of custom-made chairs together near a window– or even a single chair with an ottoman. You could even add an upholstered bench at the foot of your bed. Drape a throw blanket across the back to make it look inviting. As far as colors go, painted white woods, dark woods, and dark leathers are a great way to make your bedroom feel like a wintry retreat. Another way to bring a wintry feel into the room is by bringing in mirrored furniture.

No matter what time of year it is, lighting is important. In this case, however, if cozy is what you want, then focus on table lamps will low-wattage bulbs. If possible, adding a dimmer to your overhead light is ideal. For a fancier design, think wall sconces. If ultra-simple is what you want, fill the room with candles. All of these can really enhance the look of your bedroom and heighten the sense of warmth within the space.

Accessories are a wonderful way to add personal touches and finish off a room. Next, to paint, accessories are one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to change the overall look and atmosphere of a room. Accessories such as vases filled with branches spray painted white, or wintry flowers, are great ways to keep in tune with nature. Adding fringe to the bottom of drapery panels can add a touch of sophistication. Keep those feet warm with a faux fur area rug. To break up the monotony of fabric, consider embellishments like nail-head trim.

These are just some of the ways you can finish off a winter retreat bedroom. Think about your overall goal and stick with what you can accomplish within your budget. Even the smallest touches can cozy up your bedroom when it’s cold outside.

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