As the weather is getting colder, we often start to think of ways that we can make our indoor space more comfortable and pleasing. We want to stay indoors more and drink hot cocoa and snuggle up in front of our favorite movies. But what are some easy ways of getting that warm snuggly feeling at home? Read on to find out.
In the den
If you have a room or man cave where you hang out, you'll want to make some small adjustments to make it snug and warm for the colder weather.
Lined curtains can help keep the heat in a room, without using up extra fuel. Choose a thick fabric like tweed available for stores such as Home Depot, it is not only energy efficient but will also look stylish too.
If you are going for tweed fabric, then why not decorate the rest of the room in keeping with that? A man cave feel can be achieved by adding leather chairs and fun oversized beans bags in dark colors. Try one like this crazy 8 footers.
Accessorize with old books and taxidermy for a gentlemen's club look. If a real taxidermy is a bit much for you, then there fake options available like the ones here. They can be made from anything from plastic and paper to fabric, that you can display in the room instead of the real thing.
In the bedroom
The bedroom is one of the most important places to get ready for the colder seasons. If you are not comfortable getting to sleep, or when you are asleep then, you are not going to feel you at your best.
Brushed cotton sheets are perfect for keeping you toasty warm in the cold weather. The long fibers of the bedding help to hold in an extra layer of warmth that can make your hot water bottle all but redundant.
Extra blankets never go a miss during the colder snaps either. Of course, you don't have to stop at that, you can even get some gorgeous electric heated blankets now in fabrics like fake fur. Which are much more stylish than they use to be in the old days.
Remember to provide a soft rug too. So your feet are warm as soon as you step out of bed in the morning.
In the lounge
We spend a fair bit of time in our lounges and front rooms, especially when it gets colder. They are the place we relax in the evenings and on weekends. They also tend to be where we entertain guests when they come over.
There are plenty of alterations you can make in the front room to make it the perfect of the winter. Provide blankets and cushions in soft, warm fabrics, and scented candles relevant to the season.
It is also worth looking at the heat source you have. Many people find an open fire, a warm and relaxing addition to a room come winter time. However, they do take a lot to put in if you haven't already got a working chimney. Then you have to feed them with logs and get the chimney regularly cleaned, which can be a bit of a pain.
A good alternative to a real fire is a fake gas fire. It looks like the real thing but doesn't need all the maintenance. Of course, they are safer too as there is no chance of any sparks catching on the carpet or furniture. Some even offer a stay cool screen, which is perfect if you have kids or pets that you want to protect.
Another option is an electric fire, which doesn't have a real flame, but a flame effect. This works particularly well in a fake log burner style, which is very fashionable right now. They look just like the real thing, they even have a fake flue pipe so you can't tell the difference. You can also get a faux fire surround for them. So you will have a mantle piece to hang stockings and wreaths on come Christmas time.
In the hall
The other area of the home that needs to be got ready for the cold weather is the hallway.
When the weather is bad, the hall is the place that you put on your outdoor clothes. Also, it's the place that you need to take it all off again, before going into the rest of the house.
This stops you tracking mud, debris, and dirt into the rest of your home. So that means the hall need to be organized to store all these items in a practical and attractive way.
Make sure you have high pegs on the wheel that will be long enough to hang your winter coats so they can dry overnight. Provide mats for shoes and boots, so they don't dirty the floor.
You can also keep a box for every member of the household where they can store their scarves, gloves, and hat. Then they will always know where they are. Which should make that morning rush easier, if nothing else.
A stand for umbrella is a good idea too. Pick one that catches the water as it drips off, else it can soak into your floor or carpet and produce mold.
In the kitchen
Making your kitchen winter ready, depends on the space you have available. If you live in an older building with wooden doors and windows, it can be a good idea to get some draft excluders to keep as much heat in as possible.
Winter is also the perfect time to get a range cooker, as the heat they produce goes a long way to heating to the whole house. It will certainly make the room above the kitchen warm and toasty, that’s for sure.
Of course, there are little touches that you can do in the kitchen to make it perfect for autumn and winter too. A swag of dried flowers hanging from the ceiling always looks very festive. Or you can match your tablecloths and tea towels in with the theme of the season.
, by Jessica Wong