Brrrr it’s cold but winter doesn’t have to be so bad with these tips
Our homes have become workplaces, gyms and social hubs for the last year. So making your space feel cozy, warm and a place you enjoy spending time in is of the utmost importance.
Updating your space doesn't mean spending a lot of money to turn it into a photo-worthy spread from the glossy pages of Architectural Digest either. Here are our tips that can increase the warmth in your home and make this rocky period a bit easier to cope with:
1. Create a reading nook
If you have the space and the furniture, create a little corner for yourself to escape to and curl up in. You don't need much, just a comfy chair, some pillows, a blanket, and maybe a solid surface to rest drinks and snacks. The nook can be your area to read and rest when things become too much or you want to dive into another world with a good book.
2. Re-arrange the furniture
It’s time to get strategic on where your room’s furniture sits to avoid cold air from windows and walls, and enjoy the few days of warm sun. If you work from home during the day, place your desk near a sunny window to take in the sun’s heat. Move your sofa, armchair or bed away from a cold, drafty window or poorly insulated wall to keep yourself warmer and cozier.
3. Deal with drafts
Doors, windows and cracks can leak cold air into your home. To keep your house as warm as possible, you’ll need to isolate the gaps that let the cold air in. The most common drafty culprits are windows and doors – start there. You can also place a draft stopper or rolled up towel at the base of your door to keep a draft out.
4. Add soft furnishings
Place cozy throws and blankets near your chairs, sofas and beds. Be sure to choose beautiful throws of high-quality with colours and prints that complement the furniture in your space. Throws will add to the aesthetics of your room, while being close at hand when you or your family need them. If you don’t require blankets and throws to form part of your decor, you can lay down folded blankets into a basket and place it anywhere in the house.
5. Bedroom basics
Make your bedroom a calming, soothing place where you can retreat and recharge after a long day. Start by changing your linen. Pack away the thin cotton linen and replace it with warmer cotton flannel linen. Secondly, get throws for your bed, and keep your slippers and gown near your bed to keep the warmth in as soon as you get out of bed. Lastly, remember to open your windows for at least 10-20 minutes every day to get some fresh air and be sure to open the curtains for some sunlight, which is said to increase happiness.
Bonus tip: Light it up
A quick and affordable way to add warmth and intimacy to your space is by lighting scented candles in warm wintery scents like apple, cinnamon, pine and vanilla.