in a country that has four distinct seasons is fantastic, but it does mean that
you’ll have to adjust to snap changes in temperature over the course of the
year. While you want your home to feel fresh and breezy in the summer, you’ll
need a nice warm space for when the winter comes around.
When temperatures start to plummet, you’ll need to keep
your home well insulated and heated throughout. So, pull on your slippers and a
hot chocolate and enjoy this list of five essentials to make your home cosy
1. Upgrade your radiators
The most effective way to warm up your home is with
effective radiators. If they’ve been off for months, you’ll need to ensure they
are still in good working order. If not, it may be time for an upgrade. You can
get different sizes and shapes to suit all the rooms in your home, including
vertical column radiators for
those smaller spaces.
2. Pull out the fuzzy textiles
Throw blankets, and soft carpets are your best friend
during the winter season. Even if you’ve got the heat cranked up, there’s
nothing like wrapping up in a warm blanket and snuggling in for the night.
Choose thick, woven fabrics
that will keep in the heat and opt for warmer colors like deep reds, browns and
oranges. Consider adding warmth underfoot by including an area rug during this
3. Soft lighting
While harsh, bright light may be great on a summer’s day,
during the winter, it’s all about the soft lighting.
Consider installing dimmer switches so you can adjust your room lighting to a
lower level. Use free-standing floor or table lamps as the primary source of
light rather than harsh overhead bulbs. You can even change out your
fluorescent light bulbs during the winter for warmer, orange or yellow
tones. Lighting is crucial to set a mood, so ensure that you’ve chosen a
series of lamps, and candles won’t go amiss either – just be careful if you
have small children.
4. Change your curtains
If they’re not doubled glazed, then windows will allow
heat to escape. Choosing a thick material for your curtains will help to keep
out any extra cold and in the warmer months, it’s nice to have some sheer
curtains up to allow the light in and a soft breeze to circulate when you open
the window. You’ll likely not be opening your windows in the winter, and
therefore a heavy, lush material is the better option. Plus, it will help the
room feel more intimate and cozy.
5. Scented candles and oils
There are certain smells that people associate with
winter, like cinnamon, pine and gingerbread, and these scents have the power to
make you feel cozy and nostalgic. Light candles or burn essential oils in
different rooms in your house throughout the winter season. Beyond just the
smell, the light from candles is exceptionally soothing and makes you feel at
ease. Many homes no longer have the luxury of a wood-burning fireplace and
candles are a great option in these cases.