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If your home looks bare and feels uncomfortable, you likely need a design shake-up to transform it into an inviting hideout. When winter arrives, you’ll inevitably have to spend many evenings inside, whether you’re hibernating until summer returns or you want to make the most of it with movie nights. So, to make the colder months as enjoyable as they can be, ensure your home is somewhere you’re excited to spend your time.
Here are five ways to give your home a seasonal update and make it a cosy haven.
Cosy Soft Textures
The appearance of soft furnishings can make a room feel more inviting, but most importantly, they enhance comfort. When choosing sofas and chairs, consider plush velvet materials over cold, stiff leather and layer it with throws and cushions for ultimate relaxation.
Carpet is the best type of flooring for insulating a room, but rugs can imitate this effect if you have hardwood flooring. To add luxury, you could look into installing underfloor heating, so you don’t have to walk across cold floors in the morning.
To truly make a home cosy during winter, you need to protect it from the cold and keep it toasty. If your radiators struggle to heat up, they may need bleeding or balancing. However, if you have a temperamental boiler that doesn’t function efficiently, it may be time to invest in a replacement boiler.
For guidance on the type of boiler you need, BOXT offers a ‘find a boiler’ tool that advises you on the most suitable boiler after asking you a few simple questions about your property. On top of this, the online service can arrange the entire installation process for you.
If your boiler is at least 15 years old or is causing your energy bills to surge, tackle this task now before you’re relying on your hot running water and heating more through winter.
Lighting is the most effective way to create a cosy ambience in a room. Avoid bright white lightbulbs as they induce alertness and can feel quite clinical. Instead, opt for romantic warm white lighting to create a relaxed atmosphere.
Turn the overhead lighting off until you need to concentrate and give the room a soothing glow with stylish lamps, fairy lights, and candles. A light dimmer can also help you adjust the lighting to the desired mood.
As they represent fire, red, orange, and yellow are considered warm colours. There are several different shades in each colour to match your style.
For a more subtle approach, opt for softer hues such as golden yellow, peach, and pastel red and incorporate them through accessories. If you’re feeling bold, choose rich autumnal tones such as burgundy, burnt orange, and mustard yellow to paint some of the walls. Accompany these colours with neutral tones to keep the room light and airy. Add a rustic flair to this aesthetic with wood accents.
Empty walls and shelves eliminate any chance of creating cosy vibes. You need a house to look lived-in for it to feel like a home. An effective way to inject personality into a space is with a selection of artwork which can be found from places such as Etsy. Whether you scatter a few prints across your home, or you create a statement gallery wall filled with black and white photographs and abstract paintings, you’ll undoubtedly give the room character.
For ultimate cosiness, you need to address the functionality of the property, the aesthetic, and the comfort levels. After following all these steps, you’ll never want to leave your snug sanctuary.