Comfort Zone

Keep your home cozy during the winter months using fabrics, color and fur for furnishings.
Armina Interiors - Living Room
Photograph courtesy of Jeff Garland Photography

When the weather outside turns frightful, rooms in a home still can exude warmth. Those who plan to hibernate this winter can do so cozily with pillows and throws that add an extra layer of luxury while taking the chill off the season.

Armina Kasprowicz with Armina Interiors in Rochester Hills ( created a comfy space for all seasons in the master bedroom of a waterfront home on Union Lake in West Bloomfield, “It’s always about the mood,” she said. “You can use cashmere pillows and wool throws to cozy up with a book by the fireplace.”

The personal retreat features a fireplace and a TV. “It’s a really cozy place for the owners to spend some time relaxing,” said Kasprowicz, who designed a custom upholstered bed with Vogue Furniture in Royal Oak that contributes to the sumptuous setting with its velvety fabric.

Color also can be used to create a cocoon effect. For example, light blue walls that provide a soothing backdrop, while the wall-to-wall carpeting keeps it cushy underfoot. Lightweight linen sheers added warmth to the windows without obstructing lakefront views.

“Another layer of fabric softens the look of a room,” added Kasprowicz, who also likes dimmers for lights to soften the mood and maintain that cozy feel. She chose a custom ottoman, too, covered in organic cut velvet with a subtle floral pattern that was inspired by nature. “It has soothing colors and comfort. You can put your feet up or use a tray to make it a table,” she said.

Gormans - Living Room
Photography Courtesy of Jeff Garland Photography

Cozy Quarters

Having neutral-colored furniture allows homeowners to change out pillows and other accents for the season, suggested Dawn Newkirk, director of fashion merchandising for Gorman’s Home Furnishings and Interior Design ( with locations in metro Detroit and Grand Rapids. In the winter, consider adding texture with faux fur rugs and pillows and throws that resemble cable knit sweaters. Or, have an old sweater made into a pillow. “When you think of that, you think of warm and cozy,” Newkirk said.

Having a faux fur ottoman in the bedroom provides a comfortable spot to sit and put on your shoes, while seasonal drapery panels can be switched from summer linen to velvet in the winter when homeowners might also swap a solid fabric with a pattern.

Another way to warm an interior is with the hottest hue, which happens to be blue, according to Newkirk. Pair that soothing shade with terracotta or yellow for an extra layer of warmth.

Chandeliers are a hot trend too, one that extends beyond the dining room. Newkirk suggested hanging three chandeliers or pendant lights across a cocktail table or a chandelier over a bed to make it romantic and cozy. She also likes battery-operated candles with a flickering flame. “They’re on a remote now, and you can set them to come on at night so you walk into a home with a warm glow,” Newkirk said.

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