Three Easy Ways to Warm Up Any Bedroom
NEW YORK (September 23, 2014)—As the weather cools down, people are preparing for cozy nights indoors. Perhaps nowhere is the desire for warm, comfortable living spaces more important than the bedroom. Fortunately, it only takes a few simple tricks to warm up any bedroom in just one weekend.
Switch to Down and Feather Bedding
According to a 2013 nationwide Harris survey conducted on behalf of the American Down and Feather Council (ADFC), down and feather users reported warmth as the main reason for purchasing down products, tied at 55% with softness and fluffiness.
“The down in down and feather bedding is a natural insulator that creates warmth, without the added weight that many synthetic fill materials have; and the lightness makes for a fluffier bedding product,” said Stephen Palmer, ADFC President.
That warmth even allows homeowners to turn down the thermostat and save some money on heating costs. In fact, according to the same Harris survey, 80% of users said down and feather products can save help save money on home heating bills.
Opt for a Warm Color Palette
Don’t underestimate the psychology of color. Warmer colors, such as shades of red, orange, and yellow, can heat up a room. Choose rich tones to create an inviting feel. Popular colors this year include a cayenne shade of red, deep oranges, and bright, botanical-inspired yellows.
Accent walls or warm, richly colored accessories are excellent options for those not ready to commit to such a bold color in the entire bedroom. Throw pillows and blankets, rugs, or even art can be easily changed with holidays or seasons.
Create an inviting living space with strategically placed lighting. When it comes to artificial light, avoid harsh bulbs that cast blue tones and select bulbs with yellow hues. Keep in mind that sometimes overheard lighting can be harsh, especially in a bedroom. Work table lamps into the room on bedside tables or add a standing lamp near a comfortable chair.
Candles are a simple and inexpensive way to add a warm glow. If desired, pick an inviting scent that compliments the season – apple cinnamon for fall or evergreen for winter. And don’t forget to take advantage of natural light by selecting window treatments that let in sunlight, such as transparent curtains. Just these few simple changes can warm up the bedroom during the cold days ahead.
About the American Down and Feather Council (ADFC)
The American Down and Feather Council (ADFC), a section of the Home Fashion Products Association (HFPA), is a voluntary association of manufacturers of natural fill bedding products, as well as dealers, buyers, sellers and processors of feathers and down for use in home fashion products. The goal of the ADFC is to further the common interests of the down and feather products industry and to maintain and improve product quality.