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Winter Warm-up

Here in the Kawartha Lakes we are lucky enough to experience a true winter wonderland during the colder months of the calendar year. Although it can get quite chilly and dim outdoors, us Canadians know just how to keep our indoors bright, cozy and curated with the right inspiration. Featuring our recently completed Midcentury Hills project, we have outlined a few of our best Birchview Design Inc. tips for achieving this vibe during the long winter months, and beyond!


Let the light in

BEFORE: The kitchen, dining and living room were all separated by multiple walls, leaving a dark hallway and small spaces









If you are in the process of building a new home, or plotting out an exciting renovation for your existing abode, one of the most efficient ways to provide an abundance of light and perfect inside temperatures all year round is to plan for more of an open concept design. If your current space has walls that are blocking natural light sources and air flow, wall removal may be your best bet for a major transformation.

When thinking about a reduction in walls, it is important to map out what the use of each space is, and how to define it, as you no longer will have a traditional separation. Millwork, area rugs, furniture placement, lighting, art, wall treatments or paint colours are all examples of ways to accomplish this.

Bring on the colour

One of the simplest (and fun!) ways to add visual warmth into your home is to integrate colour & pattern into your space. Rich jewel tones, warm hues and playful pops of pattern will add instant brightness and joy. This can be done specifically for the season; with fresh fruit, greenery, flowers, toss pillows or throws. Or, if you are adventurous enough, more permanent features are the way to go. Geometric drapery designs, colourful cabinets or tile with patterns and colour are some of our favourite details to incorporate. Just keep in mind that with bolder design selections, you’ll want to ensure there is good flow between the details.

Storage made pretty

We can likely all agree that there is no shortage of storage needed for our spaces, so why not store in style? Open shelving is a great addition to any design and, as long as it’s well thought out, it doesn’t have to equal any less practical use (plus, it creates an airy, fresh feel!).  Try layering in a variety of items that are useful and aesthetically appealing; making sure to vary heights and textures to keep things interesting.  Finally, add in a few easy-to-care-for plants, and your shelves will shine all year long.

Warmth with wood

Incorporating wooden accents into your design is a perfect way to bring more warm and cozy vibes to the table (no pun intended!). Furniture, open shelving, stools, lighting, cabinetry or décor such as boards, baskets, bowls or frames are easy swaps to layer in. We love bringing in a few vintage pieces to really make the space feel curated and personalized.

Birchview Design Inc. is an award-winning interior design team serving clientele in the Kawartha Lakes, GTA, and beyond. As a full service studio, the firm offers an all-inclusive, simplified experience with elevated design expertise.