Design choices to make your home feel cosier in winter

With the chilliest season upon us, we’ve rounded up the best design elements to incorporate in your new build, ensuring you hibernate in style and comfort.

Here in Queensland, we’re lucky to have weather that is beautiful one day, perfect the next. While we have quite mild winters in comparison to the southern states, it’s nice to lean into the cosy vibes that the cooler months bring.


The last thing you want in winter is to come home to a house that feels dark, cold or uninviting. The good news is you don’t need to spend big on fireplaces or winter-specific décor to make your home feel cosier in winter. Consider these five tips before building to ensure your dream home feels like a warm sanctuary in the chilly months.

1. Make your master bedroom a retreat.

Lisbon 30 by Coral Homes

Lisbon 30 by Coral Homes

For those weekends when it’s cold outside and you want to keep warm with a sleep in or breakfast in bed, it’s important to create a master bedroom that feels like retreat from the outside world. The Lisbon 30 home by Coral Homes has the master retreat purposefully placed at the back of the home for the ultimate sanctuary! 

2. Opt for an open plan design to maximise light.

Grande 359 – Nest Range by Hallmark Homes

Grande 359 – Nest Range by Hallmark Homes

In winter when the sun rises later and sets earlier, you want to make the most of the sunshine. An open plan home allows you to maximise natural light without having to feel like you need to turn all the lights on in your home.

A great example of a home in the Shoreline display village that makes the most of Queensland’s climate is the Grande 359 – Nest Range by Hallmark Homes. The open-plan living and dining areas flow through to an entertainer’s alfresco, making the most of the home’s natural light.

3. Choose a colour palette that works all year round.

Hydeaway 36 by Neptune Homes

Hydeaway 36 by Neptune Homes

Warmer colours have the ability to make your home feel cosy – even on a brisk winter’s day! The Hydeaway 36 by Neptune Homes is a great example that you don’t need to paint the walls a shade of brown to add warmth – instead, the addition of warm wood on the balustrade, railing, windows and kitchen is an easy way to fold these tones in among the neutral tones of the walls and carpet.

4. Create cosy nooks throughout the home.

Cove by Antech HomesCove by Antech Homes

Whether it’s a book nook or theatre room, it’s safe to say that most of us would love to incorporate a space to curl up and enjoy a warm drink and a good book. We love this cosy space in the Cove by Antech Homes that allows you to shut off from the world with its double barn doors – making it the perfect place to get under a blanket and throw on your favourite movie for those days when it’s too cold to venture outside!

The Stradbroke by Ownit Homes

5. Make décor choices that warm up the space

Similar to point three about colour palettes, you can incorporate warm décor to make the space feel cosier in winter, but still light and fresh in summer. Incorporating light timber furniture like coffee tables, a dining table or even a buffet cupboard is an easy way to achieve the appearance of warmth in the home. Floor rugs are another way to add an element of warmth and texture to a space, while also taking the edge off cool tiles or floorboards when walking barefoot throughout the home in the colder months. 

You can find more design inspiration at the Shoreline Display Village at 9 Jingeri Street, Redland Bay. To find out more, call our friendly sales team on 1800 889 984.