101 Ideas: Dress your house for winter

Lana Kole

By bringing heavier, more luxurious textiles into your space, you can dress your home for the colder weather:

- Textile designer Khristian Howell says, "Put your feet first. A dramatic and easy way to change things up in a room is by bringing in a great rug. Sheepskin rugs are so wonderful for the winter months. They feel good underfoot, and bring warmth into the room, while keeping a light airy feeling."

- Howell believes you can't go wrong with textiles that have a high pile and texture. She suggests decorating with furs, chenille, velour and wools.

- Winter is the perfect time to bring in heavier drapery to create a warm, insulated feeling and a bit of drama.

- Boston designer Ana Donohue suggests adding silk elements to your decor to create a warm and elegant atmosphere.

- What's not to love about using fabric in place of traditional wallpaper? All you need is your favorite fabric, cornstarch and water to create a homemade adhesive that won't harm your painted walls. The best part is, when you're ready for a change, all you have to do is peel the fabric away from the wall, wipe the walls clean and throw your fabric in the wash to be re-used in another project.

- Upholstered headboards are a fabulous way to add texture and depth to a bedroom.

- If your larger pieces of furniture are of a more neutral color palette, you can be bold with your choices in textile colors and patterns. Using textiles to bring in exciting pops of color will rejuvenate your space and bring a smile to your face on those gloomy winter afternoons.

Courtesy Lana Kole of Lana Kole Studio on Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service.