There’s nothing worse than coming home to a cold house in the winter months. The purpose of the home is to provide a relaxing, comfortable haven where we can escape from the rest of the world.
As the weather turns colder it can create a rather dull, unpleasant atmosphere. The good news is there are things you can do to make your home warm and inviting.
Rugs and hardwood flooring
Hardwood flooring tends to be one of the most popular features in modern homes. There’s no denying it can look extremely impressive. Unfortunately however, it’s not very practical in the winter months.
Anybody who has ever woken up and walked across their hardwood floor in bare feet on a cold winter’s morning will testify it’s a pretty unpleasant experience! To solve this problem you can invest in area rugs.
One of the best types of rugs to invest in is created with fake fur material. Fluffy and soft, these are really warm and can create a romantic atmosphere when placed in front of a fireplace.
If you haven’t yet invested in double glazing, now is the time to do so. Not only does it keep you warmer, but it also makes the home more energy efficient.
You’ll waste less fuel as your heaters won’t have to work as hard to keep the place warm. If you have traditional windows, don’t worry as double glazing isn’t just for new windows, you can get double glazed sash windows too.
A feature fireplace can make a room appear cosier. Ideally an open fire would be the best option. However, there are some fantastic electric modern style fires that can add a lot of warmth to the room while looking stylish and welcoming. Imagine lying on the sofa in front of an attractively decorated fireplace, sipping on a cup of hot chocolate…pure heaven!
Make use of warm scents and colours
Of course it isn’t just physical warmth that you can introduce into a room. Certain scents can really indulge your senses and create a warmer environment. Popular fragrances you’ll find in the winter months include cranberry and cinnamon.
Similarly, colours can make a huge difference to the room. Paint the walls in warm yellow or pastel tones to create a more relaxing, cosier feel.