The days are getting shorter and it’s starting to get cold outside, which can only mean one thing… it’s time to prepare our homes for winter.
We’ve put together our best tips to give your home that cosy feeling this season, from plush rugs to comfy cushions, and the ultimate in cosiness, a wood burning stove.
A mixture of bright throws is the perfect winter accessory to brighten up any living room during the dark months. It’s also the perfect way to add some warmth to your evenings at home. We love this navy blue herringbone blanket from Zara.
After a long day, there’s nothing better than sinking into a sofa surrounded by plump cushions. There are so many styles and textures to select, from faux fur to chunky cable knit. We particularly like this jacquard-weave cushion in pastel-pink from H&M.
3.The ultimate heat: a wood burning stove
The perfect way to make a room cosy is by installing a wood burning stove. Not only do they offer a beautiful focal point to your room and add a lot of warmth, they also help to save on those all-important energy bills during the winter months!
Our Avalon 5 Slimline would be the cosiest edition to your house this winter. It provides up to 6kW of heat, and its slimline design is perfect for hearths that are tight on space. Installing a wood burning stove is the ultimate way to heat-up your home for winter.
4.Warmth for the senses
Step in from the cold into the aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, spices or clementine with an array of scented candles and a well-placed diffuser. There are so many deliciously scented products at this time of year that it’s difficult to select one, but we particularly liked the Linea Winter Berries diffuser from House of Fraser.
They say heat is mostly lost through your hands and feet, so a plush rug should help to keep you warm and cosy. Rugs also make a room appear cosier and can be matched to your throws, cushions and other soft furnishings. As well as this, they also actively trap heat, meaning the extra boost of warmth generated by your wood burner won’t be escaping into bare wooden floors. Next Home has a beautiful range of rugs available, including this deep pile grey rug.
6.Draught proof your home
Now is the time to make sure any gaps in your windows or under your doors are sealed. Insulating tape and a draught excluder can help to cut your energy costs during the winter months, and they’re easy to fit too. Check out this National Trust guide on creating your own cosy draught excluder!
7.Bleed your radiators
Make sure your radiators are working at their best and if they’re not, it’s simple to have them bled. To work out if it needs doing, feel around the radiator near the top – if it feels cold it’s time to invest in a radiator bleed key! You can purchase them from any DIY shop and once completed you should notice a big difference in the effectiveness of your heating system.
8. Indulge in sumptuously hot beverages
Hot chocolate, Chai latte and spiced apples are on the menu this winter, the perfect addition to a cosy night in front of your wood-burner.