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Winter is a time to take stock of decorating needs from floors to ceilings

February 17, 2014

Antique Walk Hardwood FlooringWintertime is a good season to to take stock of your home decorating needs and focus on projects that can be done entirely indoors. Installing hickory wood flooring from Anderson's Antique Walk collection, for instance, may be just the change your home needs to give it a huge design lift.

Whatever improvements are planned, large or small, Kari Henshaw of the Insight Design Group recommended that homeowners take a long-range view by coming up with an overall concept for their home design, then work in the details.

"This goes back to my whole philosophy on design - have a vision and stick to it," Henshaw told the Ottawa Citizen. "When there's some continuity to your whole house, that's what makes it more successful."

Outline your ideas
A good place to start is with a concept outlined on a board with clippings from magazines and swatches of fabrics. Whether they are intended to make over a room or just update it for the cooler seasons, the process is the same.

It's also a good chance to review whether big-ticket items like sofa and chair upholstery is worn and needs replacing or if chipped paint warrants a fresh coat. Once that's decided, new accessories, lighting, rugs and other secondary items can be put in place.

Consider the color plan
Homeowners can easily "deconstruct" their existing color scheme to isolate an accent color that's been used sparingly, but would lend itself beautifully as the main shade in a new room design. That color will now become the anchor hue, surrounded by a selection of neutrals that will allow it to dominate.

Philadelphia interior designer Donna Hoffman suggested clearing away furniture so homeowners can see the new palette clearly, in the same way a new space is defined when a mound of clutter is moved aside.

"This includes removing area rugs, throw pillows, accessories - anything that sings too loudly in the old color palette," she advised.

Warm up a room with fabrics
If only a seasonal change is planned, use fall and wintry colors and more textured fabrics to take the place of lighter materials used during spring and summer. This approach is particularly effective in bedrooms where the natural inclination is to burrow under warmer covers during fall and winter.

Adding a new bed ensemble, area rug or a selection of decorative pillows in coordinated colors and patterns can create a warmer atmosphere in any room.