As winter draws in, many of us will be spending more time indoors. Here are a few features that can make your living room cosier as the cold months draw in.
Thicken up your curtains
The time for delicate silk curtains is over. It’s time to buy some thick winter curtains that will help provide insulation against the cold. There are many thermal insulated curtains on the market that can be just as effective as double glazing. You may even be able to leave the window open to let some air in whilst keeping the drafts out. Make sure to look for machine washable winter curtains, otherwise they can be costly to clean.
Keep your toes warm
If you’ve got wooden or ceramic floors, it could be time to lay down a rug or two. These can make getting off the sofa less of a chore, giving your feet a warm surface to sink into. You could even replace your flooring entirely for something more insulated. The likes of Carpet One home flooring have a great selection to choose from. Be careful of thick rugs and carpets – whilst they may be cosier on the feet, they can be harder to clean. Materials such as timberfoil can be added below wooden and ceramic flooring to keep it warmer in winter.
Use sofa throws
Sofa throws can help to warm up your seat in winter. They’re especially useful if you have leather sofas. The Sofa Throw Company have one of the best selections when it comes to these items. There are all kinds of colours and patterns available – it could be worth buying a few to swap and change.
Add some aromas
Natural scents can help to make a living room more relaxing. Many can even help improve sleep quality. These could include incense sticks, oil diffusers, scented candles or even something as simple as fabric freshener. There are also home-made aromas to consider, which you can easily produce by boiling a pan of hot water with some spices and citrus peels in. This mixture can then be placed in a bowl and left in the living room where it can freshen up the room.
Fire things ups
The sight of fire psychologically brings a sense of warmth. If you don’t have a fireplace, you could consider buying an electric imitation one. Some of these can be combined with radiators so that they also generate heat. Candles can also bring a sense of warmth to your home, making it feel cosier.
Use ambient lighting
Ambient lighting is great for creating a tranquil mood. There are lots of different types of ambient lighting that you can consider for your living room from natural lights such as sat rock lamps to electric lighting. You can even consider lighting that slowly changes colour. Companies such as Plumen have all kinds of ambient lighting to choose from.