The cooler months can be a physical and emotional challenge for everyone – commuting in freezing weather, compromised immunity and remembering to carry an umbrella everywhere leaves most people feeling a little low during chilly seasons.
This is why it’s so important to make sure your home is an inviting place to be as the cold sets in, because you’ll probably spend more time at home than anywhere else. There’s more to being cosy than just being warm though.
So we’ve come up with eight easy ways to make your home feel comfy and cosy when it’s cold outside.
1. Close the blinds
Closing the blinds will keep the warm air inside your home and will give you the feeling of ‘tucking’ yourself in for the night. Frosty, chilly glass windows are not very cosy at all so cover them up with blinds when you want to settle down for the evening.
2. Blanket up
Invest in a few throw rugs or blankets and keep them in your living room. Snuggling under a blanket after a cold day out is the perfect way to warm up of an evening. This tip will also save you money on your heating bill, as you won’t need to turn up the thermostat as high if you’re wrapped in a blanket.
3. Create nooks
Wide, open spaces can be cold and uninviting so make little nooks with your furniture to create a restful atmosphere. You could create a reading corner with a big comfortable chair, or perhaps make a little nest of couches and cushions for your living room. Even a few pillows and blankets on your living room floor can create a cosy little sanctuary for a chilly night at home.
4. Get into the spirit of the season
Go the extra mile to create a warm atmosphere by baking biscuits or making hot chocolate. If it’s autumn you can decorate your home with brightly coloured leaves and seasonal blooms. If it’s winter you can make soup or bake some bread.
5. Keep doors closed
This tip is pretty simple but sometimes we need a reminder that it’s much easier to heat one room than five. Keep doors closed to keep the heat in and use draft stoppers under the doors to stop the cold air seeping through.
6. Embrace soft furnishings
Hard leather couches, plastic chairs and glass tables are ‘cold’ furniture items so choose soft couches, cushions and throw rugs to get that cosy winter feeling. Soft curtains, rugs, drapery and fabric-covered ottomans will also add to the ambience.
7. Consider lighting
Candles create the most perfect warm and atmospheric light but it’s not always practical to have naked flames in your home. A good solution is to purchase light bulbs labelled ‘warm’ as they will provide a richer more soothing light source than ‘cold’ bulbs. You could also experiment with dimmer switches as low light is more comforting than harsh bright light.
8. Decorate with warm colours
Decorating your home in golds, browns, reds and oranges will create a feeling of comfort and warmth. Blues and greens are often used in homes that are close to the ocean as they’re cool, calm colours, but if you live in a colder climate, a warmer decorating palette might be just what you need to create the perfect winter ambience.
Carly Jacobs, Realestate.com.au, 9 April 2015