Entering into the winter months, there’s nothing we want more than to come home to a toasty house which feels welcoming and cosy. How easily achievable this is depends on the house in question, with some being larger and more draughty, whereas other, smaller variants are more on the airtight and snug side already. Whilst a little extra effort is often required to cosy up larger spaces, either way we have some fantastic winter décor ideas to help you prepare your home for winter:
1. Layers are Key
When temperatures hit the single digits, or even worse, the minus digits, layers are going to become your home’s best friend. If you’re thinking about how to make a room feel warmer, the textiles and layers that you choose to introduce can make a huge difference. For living rooms and bedrooms, chucking in some faux fur throws can add considerable comfort and warmth, immediately taking your home from autumn to winter in a snap!
2. Use Stylish Draught Excluders
You can make a room look as cosy as possible, but you’ll always feel the cold by your feet if there are draughts creeping in. Draughts often enter from underneath doors, particularly in older houses, and in such cases draught excluders can be super effective in blocking these.
Don’t worry, we don’t mean placing unattractive sandbags at the bottom of your doors, but instead investing in some stylish draught excluders that do exactly what they say on the tin- all whilst looking chic at the same time! If you need some inspiration, Not On The High Street offer some great under-door draught solutions with their stylish excluders.
Your windows can produce draughts too, particularly if they’re old. In these cases, curtains and blinds are the best draught excluders you can utilise. If you have light curtains or none at all, installing heavy, thick curtains can considerably help prevent cold air from entering the room and warm air from escaping it. Plus, they look fabulous too! Opt for statement curtains with bold patterns and colours, or go full winter décor with warm earthy tones.
3. Use Rugs to Add Warmth to Your Floor
On the topic of comfort and warmth by your toes, it’s essential that your floor be well-equipped to keep you feeling snug when preparing your home for winter. Hardwood flooring and tiling may look nice, but can quickly contribute to making a room feel cold once the temperature drops. Luckily though, it’s nothing a cleverly-placed rug can’t fix!
Rugs can help you prepare for winter in several ways: they look good and can appear wonderfully cosy, they feel good and can add some much needed comfort during the winter months, and they can act as a fantastic flooring insulator to prevent any cool air from being transferred into the room from the floor.
4. Invest in Winter Bedding
It’s important to consider the comfort and warmth of your bedroom when preparing your home for winter. If you have cotton or linen bedding and a light duvet, you’re likely going to need more than this once the temperature lowers. We recommend investing in some flannel bedding that will insulate your bed, and making sure that your duvet is of a high tog to keep you nice and snug. As a general guide, a tog value of 13.5-15.0 is ideal for winter months.
Of course, soft and snug pillows and cushions are also a must-have for dressing up your bed and transforming your bedroom into a suitable winter abode.
5. Cosy Lighting
Lighting has a huge impact on the cosiness of a home and can be the difference between making a room feel welcoming or unwelcoming. Blue-toned bright lights can be harsh and make a space feel too clinical; something which definitely isn’t going to help your house to feel snugger in the winter! Instead, warm-toned, more subtle lighting can go a very long way in helping to increase your home’s cosiness levels. We recommend investing in plenty of fairy lights and candles too, to turn your home into a real winter retreat.
6. Check Your Radiators
More of a practical point than a decorative one, but checking your radiators is super important all the same when preparing your home for winter. After a surprisingly warm summer here in the UK, you will likely have had a long break from using your radiators. However, it’s now time for them to spring back into action and it’s important that you check that they are working to maximum efficiency. Many UK households have gas radiators which sometimes need bleeding to remove trapped air and promote heat circulation; to do so, check out this uSwitch guide on how to bleed your radiators. Fair warning; it’s best to do this sooner rather than later, so that your home is prepared when you need your radiators most!
Cosy lighting combined with soft textures and warm textiles will have your home prepared for winter in no time, both in terms of practicality and appearance.
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