With winter in full swing and summer seeming a lifetime away, there’s no better way to get through the months than with cosy nights spent by the fire. But as disruptive storms continue to blow across the UK, keeping the chill outside can be a challenge.
Whether you live in a contemporary city apartment or a farmhouse in the highlands, keeping cosy is key to getting you through the season – and in today’s post, we’re giving you some hints and tips for bringing a touch of warmth to your home this winter.
1. Ambient Lighting
From wall lights to lampshades, your choice of lighting is a huge factor in nurturing the atmosphere in your home. If you’re in search of ambience, energy efficient light bulbs and wall mounted lamps can help to create a more mellow mood.
Whether it’s dinner by the fire or a film with the family, softer lighting can alter the appearance of a room – providing a more welcoming living space for both you and your guests. Try switching out ultra-bright or blue-hued light bulbs for warmer tones and lower wattages to bathe your living room in a golden glow.
2. Warm Flooring
Flooring is a key factor in helping to create a cosier home – and from warm wooden shades to fluffy carpets underfoot, it’s important you find your perfect fit. While stylish tiles and laminate floors can be visually appealing, they’re often not as insulated as carpets and cold underfoot. If you want to avoid the expense of dramatically overhauling your interior, a large and fluffy fireside rug can provide all the warmth you’re looking for at very little extra cost.
3. Cosy Throws
During the winter months, your living room becomes your place of sanctuary – and with a touch of TLC and some stylish tartan home accessories, you needn’t suffer from the winter blues (or chills)!
Investing in some thick throws, tweed fleece blankets and cosy cushions for those winter nights can be all the comfort you need to see you through the season – not to mention keeping your heating bills under control. If you’re a fan of hibernating indoors when winter hits, there’s no better way to spend an evening than snuggled up in an armchair with a knitted throw and a great book!
4. Closed Curtains
If you’re looking for ways to keep the heat in, investing in some thick and heavy curtains (or liners) will reduce any draft coming from your windows and create a cosy, homely feel to your living room.
Colour is major a factor when it comes to heating your home, and if you’re a fan of tartan, opting for rich reds and fiery oranges will add instant warmth to your room. Drawing the curtains when night falls and tucking them behind radiators will create the perfect setting for a comfy night in – and with your thick curtains keeping the cold outside, you can nestle away in your very own hideaway.
Related – Find out how Anglian windows can make your home warmer, quieter & safer.
5. Scented Candles
Candles can be the perfect accessory to any home – no matter what the weather. But with winter billowing around us, there’s no better time to bathe your home in light – and some tempting scents.
Whether it’s tea lights or tapers, candles create a sense of intimacy that electric lights can’t match – and on evenings when the sun sets early, there’s no better way to relax than by plunging your living room into darkness and letting your candles flicker away.
Cosy doesn’t have to mean cluttered and winter needn’t mean doom and gloom. Armed with these handy hints and tips, you can set about shaking up your interior and creating a living room you love.