Having a working heater is just one way to make your home warm in the winter. Keep reading to find out how you can be cozy with your decor.
Baby, it’s hot outside! Be patient. Cooler weather is right around the corner.
If you’re tired of the heat but not quite ready for the bleak months ahead, we have good news. You can be cozy inside your home even on the gloomiest days.
Read our tips on making your home feel warm by adding a few key elements to your décor.
Throw Down the Rugs
One of the most unpleasant things about winter is jumping out of bed onto a freezing cold floor. Bare floors aren’t just cold on your toes, they also make your rooms feel chilly and uninviting.
Banish cold floors for the entire winter by adding textured area rugs.
Layer rugs under coffee tables for added texture and warmth in your living room. Use runners in hallways and next to beds. Give the kitchen an instant warm-up with an area rug under the table.
Choose rugs with textures that you want to touch.
Rugs do double duty during the cold winter months. They add a feeling of coziness to a room. Rugs also literally warm a room by helping keep in the heat.
For more ideas on creating a warm home, visit experts in your area who can provide tips on maximizing warmth with your heating system.
Be Cozy in Bed
When it’s hot outside, you snuggle under cotton or percale sheets. Lighter thread count lets air circulate, which has a cooling effect on the body.
When cold weather arrives, you want the opposite effect.
Trade your lighter weight sheets for soft flannel or microfiber bed linens. Cotton or velvet flannel and heavyweight Egyptian cotton sheets warm the body and the bedroom.
Top your bed with a luxurious down comforter. Down (or a down alternative) holds body heat in and helps you sleep soundly. A folded quilt, sheepskin or fleece blanket over the foot of the bed adds another level of cozy.
Let There Be Light
When it’s dark and gloomy outside, turn on the warmth inside your home.
Turn off overhead and recessed lights. Turn on table and floor lamps. The point here is to avoid harsh or bright lighting.
Swap cool-toned light bulbs and enjoy the cozy glow of warm-toned LED lights.
For an added depth of warmth, transform the mood of your rooms with candles. Their soft light and fragrance offer another level of coziness to your décor.
Warm Up Your Windows
When finding ways to be cozy at home, don’t forget your windows! The right window treatments can help you unwind and settle in for a night sleeping peacefully under the covers. Choose curtains that keep out the light and visions of rain and snow.
During the summer it makes sense to use sheer curtains. They allow the most natural light in and don’t hamper the cool breeze when you open the windows in the evening.
Consider trading your billowy warm weather curtains for a heavier drape such as velvet or another heavy fabric with a thermal lining.
You’ll add insulation to your rooms because heavier curtains block drafts. Your space will also look and feel warm and cozy.
Ready for Cooler Weather?
Use these tips and make the long gray days of winter feel just a bit warmer inside your home.
A few thick rugs, warm, snuggly linens, and heavier curtains all work together to help you and your guests be cozy all winter long.
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