Giving your home a sense of warmth is a more cost effective and creative way to make your house feel cosy, than just turning up the heating is. As we approach December, the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder. The one place you want to feel warm and cosy during the winter months is in your home.
Rooms in your house that once felt light and airy during the bright, summer months may not work quite as well once the darkness sweeps in and the air turns cold. Those wooden floors and floaty curtains may not give your home quite the cosy feeling you’re after once the temperature really drops.
Luckily it’s not that hard or costly to create a warm and cosy haven to come home to after a long and tiring day:
If you have carpets, then your floor should already feel suitably prepped for winter, but if you have wooden floorboards or vinyl flooring then you may want to make a few changes to given them a wintery covering.
Rugs are a fantastic way to warm up your floors, and they don’t need to be that expensive. You can buy simple mats and fabric rugs for a fairly good price, and faux fur rugs and sheepskins will give your floors an extra touch of luxury.
Flimsy curtains will do nothing to keep your rooms feeling warm and cosy, so it’s worth investing in a set of thick, insulating winter curtains. Once you have purchased a good set of winter curtains, you can rotate them each year with more summery ones.
Make sure you choose curtains that are made from a heavy material such as velvet or pure cotton, and get the insides lined for an extra layer of protection. Have a look on eBay for some second hand curtains, as you should be able to find some great deals and they will easy to adjust to fit your windows.
Psychology has shown that colours can really affect your mood, and this is no different in the home. The colour of your walls can drastically change the atmosphere in any property.
When winter rolls around, choose deep, rich colours for your walls, or if you don’t fancy painting the whole house, choose just one feature wall. The darker colours may make the room feel smaller, but this will in turn create a cosy, cocoon effect allowing you to feel warm and safe throughout the winter.
Period properties with visible floorboards and older doors and windows can really let draughts in, making your home feel cold and driving up your energy bills when the heating needs turning up.
Beat the breeze by placing draught excluders at the bottom of all your doors, keep your letterbox closed or blocked up with material and seal any gaps around your windows.
The smells in your house are often overlooked when it comes to changing the décor and creating a different atmosphere. A warm and wintery aroma can actually go a long way in making you feel cosy in your home.
Scented candles come in a range of different flavours, so choose something earthy, such as cinnamon, sandalwood or mulled wine. You can also get flavoured essential oils and air fresheners to really give your home a warm and cosy smell.
Bright spotlights are brilliant in the spring and summer months, but during the winter it’s nicer to have low lighting to match the darker days of winter and to create a soft and warming atmosphere.
Dimmer switches are actually fairly inexpensive to buy and quite straight forward to install. They work on spotlights, floor lamps and ceiling lights, and give you full control over how bright each room is.
Your sitting room can become instantly more cosy with the addition of some throws on the sofas and chairs. They look great and they also give you something to snuggle up with during the colder evenings.
Candles are another extra that give you a lovely flickering light and give off a cosy, warm vibe. Group some pillar candles near your fire place or scatter some tea lights along your mantelpiece – both will help create a warm and cosy atmosphere.
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