I don’t know about you, but in my house we have a love, hate relationship with winter. My husband loves it because it means that it’s finally footy season, I hate that. I love it because I get to pile my house with comfy cushions and throws and light up my candles, my husband hates this
Battling the frosty winter means more than bundling up in coats and hats before you go out. You want your home to feel warm and welcoming, too. Let’s look at different ways to create that cosy environment, and maybe annoy your husband in the process!
A room’s colour palette can instantly warm up or cool down a room. If you’re looking for warmth, start with an inviting colour. That doesn’t necessarily mean red or yellow. Neutral colours come in warm and inviting tones, too. If you like blacks and greys, add warm tones with pillows, blankets, and rugs.
A cosy room needs ambient lighting. Use lampshades and dimmers for softening harsh light. If the light from the window bothers you, use window sheers beneath the drapes that filter the light. Lampshades in creamy white or pastel colours also warm up a room. You can also have some fun and try light bulbs in soft colours that give off a warm glow.
Drapes and Curtains
Heat from the sun is free so make the most of it. Open your curtains and let the sunlight in during the day to make use of this free heat. When it gets dark, shut your curtains, which will act as another layer of insulation and keep the warmth in your rooms. Heavy drapes will keep more cold air out than sheers, just as they will keep heat out in the summer months. If it’s in your budget, investing in good quality drapes will save you money in both heating and cooling in the long run
Rugs and Warm Feet
Keeping your feet warm helps you feel warmer. Using rugs underfoot warms up your room without increasing heating costs. Use a high-pile rug, one that invites you to sink your feet in. If the area needs a large rug and your budget’s a little tight, check with carpet stores. Buying a remnant and having the edges bound costs less than buying a large area rug.
Adding artwork or objects give a homey feel to any room. Use objects that drum up happy memories, such as holiday photos. Draw the eye to these touches by placing them in the centre of a table, on the fireplace mantle, or arranged artfully on the wall. Using books also brings added warmth to a room. Whether placed on the coffee table or on shelves, books create a quiet cosiness.
Light The Fire
A fire will make any room feel cosy. Log fires create a real sense of ambiance in any room, but if you want a more efficient source of heat, install a log look gas fireplace.
And if you don’t have the budget for a fire but you still have a fireplace, light some large candles. Large lit candles make a room feel nice and cosy. They can also make it smell gorgeous if you use scented candles.
Wrap Up On The Couch
Don’t shiver on the couch. Wrap up in soft throws. Mix and match blankets and throws to suit your décor. Add a few colourful cushions into the mix and your couch will soon begin to look cosy and inviting.
Soft throws look gorgeous and are nice and warm if it’s a bit chilly.
You don’t need to shiver in your living room, but if it’s still cold, wrap up in a few extra layers and drink plenty of hot drinks.
No matter your budget, you can create the cosy winter sanctuary that you crave and the home that you deserve.
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