Winter is upon us, and it’s officially the season of staying in and snuggling up. As temperatures continue to tumble, it’s crucial to make sure that your home is ready. Here are some wonderful ways you can turn your home into a heavenly, cosy haven this winter.
Insulation and warmth
When there’s frost on the ground, and you can see your own breath, there’s nothing better than getting home and stepping into the warmth. If your house isn’t quite the snug retreat you crave, and it’s draughty and airy, there are steps you can take to improve heat retention and make your home more energy-efficient. If you have old windows and doors, these features may look beautiful, but they can be a major source of heat loss. Consider replacing traditional windows with new sliding sash windows and either hanging new doors or using insulation tape to plug gaps between the door and the frame. If you don’t already have loft and cavity wall insulation, it’s also a good idea to explore this avenue. In some cases, funding may be available to help with the cost of insulation, and insulating your home will help to cut energy bills in the future. Other ways of keeping your home warm include closing internal doors, plugging any holes and gaps in walls and window frames and fitting secondary glazing sheets inside single-glazed windows. If you don’t want to rely heavily on your radiators all winter, you could also consider investing in a modern gas fire or fitting a wood-burner.
If you’re keen to inject that cosy feel into your home this winter, one of the simplest and most effective steps you can take is to buy soft furnishings, such as blankets, rugs, cushions, and throws. Opt for materials like wool and faux fur and mix and match textures. You can also add ambience with candles, indoor lanterns, and fairy lights. If you have a fireplace, angle your sofa and chairs towards the fire and get ready to cuddle up on those chilly nights. If you’re embracing a laid-back Scandinavian style, with simple colours and indulgent textures, you don’t need to worry about lining up your cushions perfectly or making sure your blankets are neatly arranged in a pile. More casual presentation works brilliantly for creating that lived-in look.
In the summer and spring, we tend to opt for light, fresh shades, but in the winter, deeper, richer tones work really well. You could channel the rustic trend with colours like red, burgundy or plum, go for a boutique hotel vibe with opulent jewel tones, or stick to minimalist simplicity and add splashes of black and charcoal grey. If you have compact rooms, it’s best to avoid covering every wall in paint or paper. Instead, opt for neutral tones and use accessories and soft furnishings to inject colour.
Winter is here, and it’s time to get ready for chilly days and cosy nights in. Hopefully, these tips will help you ensure your home is a heavenly haven this winter.
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