With the holidays behind us, the longest weeks of winter lie ahead. Sometimes the most comfortable way to stay warm is to curl up in bed with a book. But what if your bedroom is anything but cozy? All you need is a little layering of warmth-enhancing elements to create a warm, dreamy retreat.
Take advantage of sales
Post-holiday sales are a terrific way to load up on flannel, fleece or jersey sheet sets that will feel delicious at the end of a cold day. There are several types of fleece and microfleece, or try microplush sheets. Soft, sumptuous and toasty, they caress your skin in a way flannel can’t touch ( cozyfleecesheets.com).
When it comes to patterns, you’re no longer stuck with snowflakes, penguins and polar bears. Many winter sheets are available in smart-looking paisleys, plaids and solids.
Warm, warmer, warmest
Creating a luxurious bedroom retreat is about having plenty of options for warmth. Large plush blankets are great for topping the bed when you want to relax. Add some fluffy European square pillows in a soft texture, like alpaca, to lean against while watching TV or reading. For a warm glow, add a candle garden on top of a dresser. Fill a large plate or platter with small stones or glass pebbles and add pillar candles in varied heights.
On the floor, put sheepskin or fluffy rugs, such as shag ( Target.com) so you have a warm spot to step when you get up in the morning.
To bring more warmth directly to you, put a tray in the bedroom with coffee mugs, an electric kettle or pod machine and an assortment of soothing herbal teas or cocoas. These warm drinks will help you end evenings on a warm note or start the morning with something toasty.
Add a coat rack in the bedroom to hang fluffy bathrobes of varying thicknesses for changing temperatures. If the windows are not completely sealed, pick up some chenille or velvet at a fabric store or order online ( fabric.com) to create a thick extra curtain. With clip-on rings, you have an instant remedy for drafty windows.