If you're trying to capture those elusive winter home shoppers, you'll want to do everything possible to make your place warm, cozy, and alluring during showings. Below are several options for creating warm atmospheres.

  • Add rugs to cold floors. Invest in new rugs to lay down just before guests arrive so they remain clean and fresh.
  • Create seating areas. Consider rearranging furniture to suggest a cozy conversation.
  • Try aromatherapy. Use diffusers, plug-in air fresheners, candles, or the tried-and-true baked goods in the oven to infuse your home with a comfy scent like apple pie, cinnamon, spice, or vanilla.
  • Create a fire. The effect will be charming, whether your fireplace is wood-burning or gas-lit.
  • Use soft lighting. Warm-light LED lights can go a long way toward making a space seem homier.
  • Decorate with pillows and throws. Place these on couches and chairs to give the impression of relaxation and warmth.
  • Cultivate plants. Greenery brightens spaces by suggesting life, sun, and the outdoors.
  • Choose drapes in a luxe fabric. Sheer, filmy curtains can make a room seem colder.
  • Introduce pops of color. If the lower light of winter makes your color scheme drab, brighten it with décor accents.
  • Invest in luxe bedding. Make your bedroom more appealing with heavy, quality fabrics like cotton flannel, velvet flannel, or heavyweight Egyptian.