It’s official: the cold dark days are back in our lives once again. But it doesn’t need to feel doom and gloom. This time of year, we all spend a lot more time indoors, cosying up under a blanket on the sofa watching our favourite films. There are lots of ways to keep your home feeling warm and cosy despite the weather this winter.
Cosy Curtains and Blinds
Good quality curtains and blinds are an effective way to keep the heat in and exclude and drafts. If you have a large window with plenty of space either side, opt for full length curtains and install some tie backs, they will add a sense of luxury to your living space. If you have a smaller window, for example in your bedroom, roman blinds are a great choice as they take up little space but will effectively keep the heat in. Companies such as Direct Blinds offer a huge variety of colours and patterns in high quality, thick materials which are guaranteed to keep you warm this winter.
Let There be Light
If you want to make your home feel warm and cosy, your choice of lighting will make all the difference. In winter when it’s cold and dark outside it’s important to get your light bulb colour temperature right. Avoid light bulbs which are ‘cool whites’ as they can make a room feel stark, opt for ‘warm whites’ instead that emit a golden glow to make your home feel super toasty. If your room is particularly dark with little natural light, try adding lamps to each corner of the room to make it feel lighter and brighter.
Create Warmth with Candles
Let’s be honest, we all love a candle. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever met another woman who doesn’t have a ridiculous amount of candles littering every spare inch of space in their home. But there’s a reason we all love them so much. They are perfect for creating a warm ambience in any space with their flickering flames. If you have the space, invest in a large lantern and pop a pillar candle in there – this will make your room look super stylish and cosy, too. To get in the festive spirit, try some scented candles with hints of orange, cinnamon, pumpkin and spices. They will fill your whole house with that beautiful Christmassy aroma.
Super Soft Furnishings
Pick soft cushions and throws for your living space and bedroom. Big cuddly throws are great for any room, particularly if you have a leather sofa which can get quite cold in winter. Go for suede, cotton or velvet options – all extremely soft and snuggly which is perfect for this time of year. Also, choose a warm colour such as burnt orange. It will make your interior look snug and stylish, as the colour is massively on trend this year.
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