Nothing blows the chilled, delicately iced breath of winter more than crisp whites, snug creams, and dainty pastels. Even with shorter days; dark, engulfing the world with only a few short hours of sunlight, methods can be used to capture the glow and add a blissful cheer to your own room. I was inspired by the glacial, snow-land just outside of my mountain house, 8,000 ft above sea level in Park City, Utah, a place where the powder is of an ample abundance and the evergreen trees not only pervade the mountain side, but the air, with its distinct, sweet smell. Inside my room, I shot the pictures below, finding that the afternoon light shining through my windows, created the pristine atmosphere.
- Adding glass entities of different shades and transparencies creates a winter glow, developing contrasting light reflections around the room. Transparent or even semitransparent perfume bottles can be used as added decor along with glass jars, mirror-like jewelry boxes (image above), beads, and even lose jewelry. When going for a color theme, it's more than okay to try various different shades, tints, and tones of the pallet your working with. In this case, I tried to stay with silver metallics, anywhere from white white to a warmed cream, and accent pastel colors of powder blue, a blushed pink, and pale, citrus-y green hue.
- This vintage, haute couture dress-form is a great accessory and focal point to add to a room and color play because of its coordination with not only the colors, but the style of the room. Although this particular piece will most likely not show up anywhere in the U.S. as for the fact that was made and bought in France, this is just an example after all, and different center pieces (not dress forms) can be added to your room in the manner of your style and own personal taste.
- Different paint finishes on the furniture can either make or break a room. I chose a white/cream crackle paint for this dresser to accentuate the hues and styles found among other pieces around the room. Crackle paint (when used well and sparingly) can add a retro aura without the feeling of being outdated or old.
- These ballerina shoes were received by me years ago when my dad asked one of the ballerinas at the end of The Nutcracker, for her used shoes. She didn't mind at all; being a ballerina, she rid of her heavily used shoes after every performance, granting me the opportunity to use them as added decor to my room. I used this country-French styled hanger with a simple flower print, and coordinating colors to display them. Adding a very much femme, delicate touch to this glowing, winter room.
- At night, with a lack of natural light, it seems like the very much obvious thing to get a bedside table with a lamp. The question is, what lamp? Along with the other objects around the room, its important to think of the lamp as being an important aspect of decor to be treated with thought and care. This happens to be my great grandmother's lamp and is bright enough to light the space around me as well as dimly, softly light the entire room, as yours should be. The silver rimming of the lamp reflects the surrounding light in the day, giving it the true distinctiveness of a piece of decor.
- To create the perfect winter atmosphere within your own room, a tip it to simply open the blinds and let the natural light in. Not only is natural light better for your eyes, but, in my opinion, has a better tone and feel to it.
- Lastly, to add to the cozy aspect of the room, a down comforter added with cotton sheets and pillow cases make you really just want to jump into bed whenever you see its potentially warm embrace. I loved the plush, baby blue color of the comforter, and the crisp whiteness of the sheets, taking this picture, I couldn't help but to think how I would love to take a dreamy, midday nap.