It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the weather’s getting colder. And, with a new season ushering in, there’s a whole host of things to get excited about, such as Halloween, Bonfire Night and cosy nights in. Are you ready? Check out our top 5 tips for keeping your home warm and cosy this winter…
Get your rads ready!
The key to a warm and cosy home? The temperature, of course! As the cold weather hits, it’s important to do your house hygiene checks. This includes making sure there aren’t any drafts coming through windows or doors, that your boiler’s in good working order, and that your radiators are heating up properly. Now’s the time to get your chimney ready if you’ve got one, too – you might need to call in a chimney cleaning company, for instance, before you can look forward to roaring fires. If you do come across any issues? You can get them sorted pronto. That way, you know you’ll be nice and toasty throughout the winter months.
Switch up your bedding
It’s handy to have a different duvet for the summer and the winter months. Look out for the tog rating when you’re shopping – the higher it is, the heavier and thicker it is. For winter, anything between 10 and 13 will keep you lovely and warm. Alternatively, go for a duvet that can unzip to half the size, and you only need to double it up for the colder months. New covers and pillows are also nice to invest in for a new season, as well as an extra blanket or throw.
Cook up a storm
They say that food warms the soul, and nothing says cosy winter night in like a steaming, hearty dish cooking on the stove or in the slow cooker. Meaty stews, thick soups and roast dinners – there’s so much to choose from when it comes to winter warmers. For the ultimate cosy feels, plan in an afternoon walk beforehand, and pair dinner with a nice bottle of red and a good movie.
Invest in some winter-appropriate accessories
It’s nice to have some items you take out when the weather changes, such as fleecey pyjamas, a candle that fills the house with autumnal scents like pumpkin spice, apple and sandalwood, or a furry throw for the living room. Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas, either – there are beautiful fall numbers to hang way before December. They’ll warm your cockles before you even get through the front door.
Get the lighting right
The trick with winter lighting is to create a soft glow. Steer clear of harsh spotlights and go for table lamps or standing lamps, complemented by candlelight. Dimmer lights are brilliant, too, as you can switch these up and down depending on your mood. Whatever you do, don’t strain your eyes, though! Ensure you’ve lit both sides of the room and ensure there’s enough light for reading a book, for instance.