Coming home after work during the winter months should be a treat. Being able to bundle in through the door and spend a night on the couch watching TV should be a comforting activity. However, if your home is feeling a little threadbare, then coming home might not feel so comfy and reassuring. Doing a little bit of renovation might be just the spruce your home needs to feel warm and comfortable when the weather starts to dip.
In terms of practical ways to keep your home feeling warm, double-glazing should be the foundation for keeping the heat in. It’s all well and good having a vintage-style log burner, or your central heating on full-blast, but if you don’t have secure windows and doors the heat will escape. Choosing in high-quality glass, such as UPVC windows, will ensure that your investment doesn’t go to waste.
Living room retreat
A good way to decide where to put your money is to ask yourself where you spend the most time. If you spend all your time in the living room, then put all your focus and energy into giving this particular room a renovation. Here are some ways to make your living room into a retreat:
- Add a scent diffuser: choosing essential oils to evaporate at regular intervals will give your living room a soothing natural scent. It also avoids the use of a naked flame; ideal if you have small children running about the place.
- If you have a hardwood floor, add a heavy rug. This will not only keep out draughts but also feel much kinder on bare feet. If you’re feeling adventurous, then why not opt for a rug with a fluffy texture?
- Stack your throws: getting different throws in multiple colors can make your home feel extra welcoming. Stacking them on the end of a corner sofa or on a little stool will put them within helpful grabbing-reach.
- Frame your fireplace with copper utensils or decorations (be careful, though, to make sure those decorations aren’t flammable). If your fireplace is purely decorative then fill it with tall, elegant wax candles.
Make use of windows
When it comes to staying sane in the winter, you will need to absorb as much Vitamin D and natural light as you can. In fact, many people suffer from SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. This means that the dark mornings and overcast days can make many people feel low. Placing your desk and study chair next to a window is a great way to ensure that you are absorbing all that natural light.
If you’re going to give your home a winter makeover, make sure that it is interchangeable for the summer months. Add a few choice items that can add a wow factor in the frosty months but can be stored away as the days start to get longer. Remember to ensure, too, that all that heat you put in isn’t escaping through the windows and doors.