Warm up your home for winter
The inevitable is coming… winter. What a terrible word. We can’t all jet off to somewhere warm or tropical for the next 6 months so why not make the best of it? There are so many ways to cozy up your home before the snow starts to fly, no matter what your budget.
The easiest, most useful and inexpensive way to instantly warm up your space is to add a throw over any surface. Faux sheepskin will add texture and style, while a fabric like chenille will add elegance and timelessness. You can add even more comfort and coziness by pairing a throw with a multitude of toss cushions in fabrics like corduroy or linen, or introducing thicker, floor length drapery panels around your windows.
When you imagine a cozy space in the dead of winter, what comes to mind? Personally, a fireplace with a nice, big, comfy area rug pops into my head. If you don’t have a fireplace to curl up in front of, try taking a corner of your home and turning it into a reading nook, even if only temporarily. A welcoming arm chair, charming end table, reading lamp and a few good books will turn any dull, unused corner into a serene retreat. Lampe Bergers are a great way to add another dimension to your nook by giving your sense of smell a treat. Not only does it include wintery scents like orange cinnamon, roasted chestnut or winterwood, it also takes 75% of the bacteria out of the air and comes in decorative burners to add sparkle or style to any small space.
One other trick to use around the house is to soften your lighting. Nothing is colder and more uninviting than bright white lighting that matches the bright white snow outside so try switching these out for the low glow of a more yellow light bulb. You can also purchase extension cords for your lamps with a built-in dimmer switch to change the ambiance of your room even more. If you enjoy your energy efficient bulbs and don’t want to switch them out, you could always use the most energy efficient lighting.. candles! What better way to spend a cold winter night than surrounding by the soft, flickering glow of candle light? Not to mention all the amazing smells they come in.
Although we can’t fully escape the seemingly never ending Saskatchewan winter, we can make it more bearable with some or all of these easy and inexpensive tips. As for one last word of advice, don’t forget the hot chocolate!