The cold weather is upon us, but it’s safe to say that although it’s cold right now, it will soon be getting even colder. Bearing that in mind, it’s important to ensure that your home is going to be as warm and welcoming as possible when the cold weather hits.
Not sure how you can ensure that your home is toasty and warm and wonderfully welcoming? Don’t worry; you are not alone – a lot of people struggle to ensure that their homes are as warm and welcoming as possible in the colder winter months.
With that in mind, below is a list of a few simple ways that you can ensure your home is wonderfully warm and welcoming this winter.
Set your heating
Obviously, the number one thing that is necessary for a warm and welcoming home is effective heating. Whatever heating system you have in place, be it boiler-operated, electronic, or solar powered heating, it’s worth setting it to intermittent, so that it comes on at certain times of the day. If you set your heating to constant, it uses too much energy and cost too higher price. But by setting it to intermittent, you can keep your home warm without getting a high energy bill in the process. The most important thing to do pre-winter weather is get your boiler check over, just in case, a boiler repair is necessary. After all, the last thing that you want when the temperature drops is to find out that your boiler is not in good working order.
Layer your lighting
When you step into a room and feel instantly warm, what is it that gives you a sense of coziness and comfort? Usually, it’s the lighting of the room – it’s amazing how much impact lighting can have on a room, isn’t it? A few well thought out lighting choices can be all it takes to ensure that your home feels wonderfully comfortable and cozy. Layering your lighting, such as by combining table lamps, fairy lights, and candles – LED candles can work as well as real candles – can help to create a sense of comfort, coziness, and warmth. What you want to do is create a yellow-hue, as it’s this hue that is responsible for making your home feel welcoming.
All of the most welcoming homes are the places that have a sense of ‘softness’ to them – AKA lots of comfortable soft furnishings all over the place. In the colder winter months, you can never have too many soft furnishings laying around. Think faux fur rugs and throws, throw cushions, heavy curtains – basically, anything that adds an additional sense of comfort and luxury is ideal. Nothing beats a buffalo plaid throw blanket draped over a couch. It just screams winter coziness!
Did you know that scents have a big impact on how cozy and comfortable a space feels? If you want to give your home that added sense of coziness, invest in some scented candles or wax melts that have a festive smell to them – think orange, spices, and berries.
The fact is that in the winter months, a toasty home is a happy home. No one wants to spend time somewhere that is cold and uncomfortable, do they? Which is why taking the time to ensure that your home life is as warm and welcoming as possible is important.