Believe it or not, there are less than fifty days until Christmas. Which also means that it’s nearly winter. Fall seems to be passing in the blink of an eye, and now that Halloween is out of the way, the temperature will be dropping quickly. Soon, there will be ice on the streets, frost on the grass and even the first snowfall of the year.
Of course, wintertime brings its disadvantages. Heating bills are more expensive, coughs and colds are rife, driving is more dangerous, pipes freeze and getting out of bed can be nothing short of torturous. But it also brings its positives. The holidays are a time for family, fun, and joy. There’s little better than curling up with a hot chocolate and a Christmas movie when you get in from work, and the decorations in the streets are magical. You might also enjoy fall/winter fashions, adding chunky knits, thick scarves and trendy boots to your wardrobe, and the chance to indulge in comforting, calorie-packed meals.
To make the most of the best that wintertime brings, it’s important to have a cozy home to come back to after a long day out in the cold. A cozy home gives you the perfect base to relax and unwind at the end of a long day, as well as a safe space, tucked away from the wind, rain, and snow. But, cozying up your home isn’t just about putting your heating on. There’s a lot more to it than that. Here are some ways that you can do it.
No amount of warming décor and home accessories can make your home feel cozy if it’s cold. You’ll also struggle to enjoy sitting at home if you know that you are wasting a fortune on heating which is just passing straight out of your house.
When it comes to insulation, it’s worth investing if you can. You lose around 25% of your heat through your roof and a further 35% through the walls. If you can invest in cavity wall insulation and loft insulation if you don’t already have it. Your house will be warmer, more comfortable and less damp. Your heating bills will also be considerably cheaper.
If you can’t afford to take such large measures, or you already have those kinds of insulation,
concentrate on smaller jobs, which can still make a big difference when it comes to warming your home. Check and repair any window and door seals that need it, add draught excluders to your external doors, and make sure you close the doors to rooms that aren’t in use to trap heat where it’s needed.
Change Your Seating
Comfort is a huge part of coziness. If you aren’t comfortable, you’ll never feel warm and relaxed, and you’ll never be comfortable without the right seating options. Firstly, there should be options. Dining chairs, sofas, armchairs, benches, whatever you’ve got the room for. Look for more info on modern and comfortable sofas that will fit your décor, but make sure you focus on comfort and coziness over style.
Focus on Your Windows
Your windows let natural light into your home. In the winter, they can also let in the cold, and it can be tempting to keep them covered. But, when it’s sunny outside, throwing your curtains open and letting light into your home can increase the temperature.
Then, as soon as the sun goes down, close thick, textured curtains to keep the heat inside. If you’ve got a radiator underneath your window, tuck the curtain in if possible to prevent the heat escaping straight out of the window.
Texture is another important factor when it comes to creating a cozy home for you and your family. Texture adds depth and color, but perhaps more importantly, in this case, it adds warmth.
Add texture with cushions, throws and rugs, wall hangings and thick curtains. Add soft materials like velvet and wool. Plants and flowers can also be a great way to add texture and depth to a room, especially a large one. Stick to leafy greens and dark flowers, as well as dark, natural planters for the most effective results.
Give Yourself Lighting Options
Lighting is another fantastic way to add texture and depth to your home, while also making it feel cozy and warm. Even larger rooms can feel closer with the right lighting. Think about being sat at home watching a movie with your Christmas tree lights shining in all of their glory. Is there a cozier image? Recreate this all year around by giving yourself more lighting options. Focus on softer lighting, like candles, lamps and string lights, and add options to all of your rooms.
Treat Yourself to Some Loungewear
A cozy home is about more than the décor. When you get in from a cold commute home after a long day at work, you want to be able to get comfortable straight away. Treat yourself to some warm loungewear that you can put on as soon as you get in if you want to. This doesn’t need to be expensive or trendy, a baggy t-shirt and jogging bottoms will do if that’s what makes you feel the most comfortable. Just make sure that you’ve got some slippers or thick socks to go with it.
Rethink Your Flooring
There’s nothing worse than a cold floor. It’s uncomfortable, and it can make your home feel much colder than it actually is. If you can afford it, adding underfloor heating can make an amazing difference. Especially in the bathroom. Stepping out of a bath or shower on to a warm floor can help you to start your day in the right mood.
Even without underfloor heating, you can make you flooring warmer and more comfortable with thick carpets and woolen rugs.
Update Your Bedding
If you want to cozy up your home, there’s no better place to start than your bed. New, soft bedding, in dark and warming colors, will help you to relax and get a good night’s sleep, while making the atmosphere of your bedroom warm and comforting.