Get Your Cosy on with these Warming Winter Decorating Tips

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Winter is no longer coming; winter is – unfortunately for all of us – well and truly here. Yes, it’s getting dark; yes, it’s getting cold; yes, it’s getting wet and horrible already. But there is not yet any need to panic, as it’s not all doom and gloom!

In fact, we’re here to bring a bit of light and warmth to you and your home. Here are a few ways you can make sure your home is all warm and snuggly, right the way through the chilly winter months.

Get Close, Cosy and Comfortable

When the temperatures outside start dropping, you need to huddle together to keep the warmth inside with you. Pull your various bits of furniture towards each other, nestling nice and close together in the centre of the living room.

If you have a fireplace, then you’re in an even better position. Rearrange everything so that it’s close, with every piece facing in towards the hearth. You can even create a little warmth nook by popping some big cushions in front of the fire.

Make Sure You’re Basked in Colour

What is a good way of getting over the winter blues? Investing in some summer yellows or autumn reds, of course! That’s right, we’re talking about adding bursts of happy and bright colour to your rooms.

You don’t have to repaint any of your walls – although this might help a bit – instead, get some bright and cheery cushion covers or throws to pop on the sofa, or a nice, warmly coloured rug to sit in the middle of the living room. Just get happy!

Maximise Your Light

With the days being shorter than usual, you should be doing everything you can to make the most of what few hours of daylight we actually get! And what better way of maximising natural light within the home than by adding a mirror or two?

A large mirror placed on a stretch of wall opposite a window can work wonders for the light levels of a room. And the mirror doesn’t have to be boring, either – why not combine it with the above tip by painting it in bold colours?

Bedroom Brilliance

There’s no worse room in which to be chilly than the bedroom. Waking up in the morning and feeling too cold to get out of bed? Not much fun in our books, so no thank you! So instead, give your bedroom a makeover to kill two birds with one stone – bird one: getting you nice and cosy; bird two: making your bedroom up to date with the latest design trends.

Get a big, chunky rug to keep your feet warm on a frosty morning, and pair it with layers of textured bed clothes and throws. We like a nice cashmere throw for an extra bit of luxury, with some super soft velvet pillows to take the decadence to the next level. Warm and stylish!

6 Things You Need to Do for Your Home Each Winter

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In the words of the Stark house, winter is coming. We can feel it already – the nights are drawing in ever sooner, the weather is getting wetter and more miserable, and it’s definitely rather cooler than it was just a few short weeks ago.

Just as you need to ensure that your wardrobe and your immune system are ready for the winter months, it is equally important to make sure that your home is well prepared for this cold and grey time of the year.

To help keep you and your home both safe and warm, we have put together some wintery household tips for you. Make sure you do these every year and you’ll see the winter through in comfort.

1. Get a Winter Check-up

While autumn is still around, you should ensure to phone up your gas and electric providers and get them to send someone out for a winter check-up. Get your boiler tested for its efficiency and given a boost if possible, and if applicable get any air vents and air conditioner units cleaned up.

2. Have Your Chimney Swept

Obviously, this tip won’t be of much use to you if you’ve not got a chimney, but if you have – you’re in luck! If it’s been a while since you last had your chimney cleaned, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so get it done this year. This will ensure it’s properly drawing up the smoke. You don’t want it clogging up the living room.

3. Tend to Your Gardens

Got any dead or dying trees on your property or any branches hanging over your roof? Then you’ll want to sort them out. When the temperatures start to dip below freezing, they can start posing real problems.

4. Start an Emergency Kit

It might be worthwhile to put together a small emergency kit, just in case the power goes out while the temperatures are sub-zero. Of course this is only applicable for worst case scenarios, but as always it is better to be safe than sorry, especially when it’s chilly. Grab things like non-perishables, blankets, torches (with spare batteries), and some bottled water, and squirrel them away in a safe place.

5. Cover the Patio Furniture

There’s not really much to elaborate on here: your patio furniture has to be covered or put away, unless you want it to succumb to the cold and the wet.

6. Check Your Roof

Either check your roof yourself or hire a professional to do it for you if you’re uncomfortable with heights. Check for any loose or broken tiles or shingles – heat can escape through the gaps here. Also ensure that your gutters and downspouts are free of leaves and debris; wet leaves can become very heavy very quickly, and they pose a real risk of damage when the temperature drops. Because of the water, they expand upon freezing, so you can say goodbye to your pipes.

Nesting: How To Make Your Home Cosy For Winter

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When the weather turns cold, who doesn’t get that nesting feeling? We all want to huddle up in a warm home, after a long day at work – with a generous glass of wine – and look forward to Christmas. Here’s how to make sure that you get a head-start on making your house feel like a home, this festive season.

Make Your Own Draught Excluder

You don’t even need to be able to use a sewing machine to make your very own draught excluder at home. It’s incredibly simple, and it means that you can select whichever design you like best, based on which fabric is at the haberdashery. Take a look here for the full instructions. A draught excluder not only makes your home look cosier, but it also actively keeps the warmth in, and reduces bill costs.

Cover Exposed Floors With Rugs

Even if you like how your exposed floors look, they are cold to the touch, and will make a room seem less welcoming. A few rugs here and there can still show off your flooring, while keeping your feet toasty.

FIRE

If you have a fireplace, make the most of it. Otherwise, set up a number of candles around your home, to provide soft light and a warm, soothing ambience.

Line Your Curtains

Not only does lining your curtains make them appear thicker and plusher, but it also helps to keep the heat in. If you struggle with the temperature around your home, doubling up on fabric really helps.

Good Smells

Your home should be a positive, sensory experience. Good smells are a part of this picture. This includes warming scents, such as cinnamon candles, but it can also be regular baking within the home, filling the house with the smell of fresh bread.

Blankets, Throws, And Pillows

Make your home more inviting, by creating a nest for your family and guests. Lay out pillows and throws, so everyone can snuggle up on the sofas or chairs. Throws and pillows can also add different textures to a room, generally increasing how cosy it appears.

Crafts

Invest in a range of knitting needles or crochet hooks, and a bag full of yarn; it’s time to get crafty! With a little practice, you will soon be making anything from scarves to blankets, to tea cosies. It’s really therapeutic, and you can make simple patterns, while watching the TV.

Pimp Your Bath

Your bath is a winter haven. Make sure that it’s decked out with a range of decadent products. Hang up fluffy towels on towel warmers and treat yourself to some post-dip creams too, to soothe dry, winter skin. Always make sure that your bathroom is heated, as a priority. Other rooms are not as important, except maybe the main living space! No-one wants to get their kit off in a freezing room.

How do you like to make your home feel cosier over the festive period? Let us know in the comments below.