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How to Make Your Home Cozy and Inviting
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It seems like only yesterday that we were enjoying all the simple pleasures of the summer season. Those days have well and truly passed. For the next few months, we’ll wave goodbye to the outdoors, and hello to our homes.
We’re going to enter hibernation mode. Depending on where you live, this might be because the weather is so fiercely and bitingly cold, or it might just be because you want to build up your energy levels for when spring returns. But to enjoy this period properly, we need to get our homes into comfortable condition.
Below, we take a look at a few useful ways you can do this.
Comfort Over Style
When it comes to designing your home, take a bit of time to think about what you’re trying to achieve. It’s all good and well having a stylish home, but only to a point. It’ll look good in the photographs and when you have visitors, but how often does that happen? Most of the time, it’s just our families and us in the house. While it can be enjoyable to understand that your home looks beautiful, it’s no match for having a deeply comfortable space.
So when you’re getting your house in shape for the cold period, make sure you make comfort levels the priority, not style (though, of course, don’t ignore this aspect entirely).
What contributes to a cozy atmosphere in the home? There’s a lot that can go into it. But, one of the biggest factors is one that’s often overlooked by homeowners – the lighting. It’s dark outside early in the evening, so inside the house, you want to have that soft, warm lighting that just invites you to sink into the couch and spend a few hours in deep comfort.
If you’ve thus far been relying on a bright overhead light, it’s time to invest in a few sidelights. It’ll make your living spaces so much more inviting.
Feeding the Senses
We tend to focus on what we can see when it comes to our homes. But if we do that, we’re only focusing on one of our senses. We should give attention to the other ones too, especially our sense of smell.
You can get your home into a “neutral scent” by giving it a deep clean. From there, it’s about adding those winter scents, such as cinnamon, vanilla, and juniper. You can get them floating around your home by buying a diffuser, or you can cook them up the natural way and make your own.
Of all the rooms in your house, it’s the living room that’s going to be the most important. After all, where else do you think you’re going to be watching all those movies when you have a cozy family night in?
So let’s get your living area in shape. Here, it’s all about comfort, and lighting. Is your couch really up to scratch, or could it do with some treatment? Much can be achieved by simply adding a cover to your couch.
Beyond that, look at adding a few small lamps around the edges. Oh, and a blanket or two will always be appreciated, especially when the chilly really begins to kick in.
You’re going to have many months of being inside; you’ve got to make them interesting! If you’re constantly praying for the return of spring, then you’re only going to be torturing yourself.
Instead, take a look at making your house a place where you want to spend time by upping the entertainment levels. Upgrade your wifi, make sure your television is fit for 21st-century life, and make a list of some essential tv shows to watch.
If you’ve taken our advice above, then you’ll have maxed your home out with all the entertainment you need to have a good time during the winter season. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that while movies and television can help us to relax, too much of it can have the opposite effect.
Studies have shown that too much internet, for instance, is not good for us. So to sink into the deep comfort of the season, look at creating a tech-free zone, a place without wifi or screens.
It’s easy enough to do; just transform your spare room into a cozy, relaxing space by adding plenty of cushions, candles, and books. You’ll be able to spend long snowy days (or any variation of “stay indoors” weather) living a charmingly simple life.
If you don’t have a spare room that you can convert to a tech-free, pillow-laden room, then fear not, because you still have some options. All you need to do is one of the other methods of making your home more relaxing. You can add a hammock or a gigantic bean bag. Not only do both these options look cool in your home, but they’re also incredibly comfortable – once you sink in, you’re unlikely to get out any time soon.
You can find out here more information about adding a high-quality, large bean bag to your home. There’s more to being comfortable in the home than just your couch!
You can fill your home with as many blankets and the like as you want, but if the air is fundamentally cold, then you’re going to have a difficult time staying overly comfortable.
So figure out the best practices for your heating. We say this because there’s no problem with running it at high heat all the time, but you’ll pay for it!
Generally, it’s possible to drop the temperature of your thermostat a couple of degrees without losing any heat, but it will bring your gas bill down.
You’ll also want to check that it’s in good working condition before the chill really sets in. There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning, feeling unusually cold, and realizing that your heating isn’t working – it can be expensive to repair, and there’ll be no hot showers, either.
Focus on Main Rooms
You’re not going to be able to make your entire home comfortable. That’ll take up too much time, not to mention expense! As such, take a look at just upping the levels of the most important rooms. Which ones will you be spending most of your time, and the ones where a little bit of extra comfort? That is where your efforts will go a long way.
These are your living room, bathroom, and bedroom. Pay particular attention to the bathroom and bedroom (the living room is normally already comfortable); no-one likes to get out of the shower into a cold environment.
Rugs and Carpets
No one likes to walk along cold floors when it’s cold! So before the true chill sets in, look at adding rugs to your bare floor areas.
You may also want to treat your carpets if you have them, so they can “come back to life,” so to speak.
If you’re only going to buy one rug, your best bet would be putting it in your bedroom if it’s not carpeted.
On the Walls
Our walls don’t often get as much attention as they should. We focus on what’s going on on the floor and forget that there’s all this vertical space that’s looking pretty bare.
During spring and summer, it doesn’t really matter. When the weather outside is a little chilly, those bare walls will just make the home feel colder – and definitely less cozy, especially if it’s exposed wall, as bare walls vibrate sound around. So look at adding items to your wall area. It could be a work of art, or plants on a shelf, or anything else.
Comfort isn’t just about what we have in our home; it’s a state of mind. It can be difficult to feel truly at ease if we’re surrounded by clutter, or if our homes just aren’t as tidy as they could or should be. So just like you’d do a spring clean, think about doing a pre-winter clean.
Get rid of all the items that you know you really don’t need anymore, sweep those corners, and all-around get your house into livable condition. If you have the feeling that everything is in order, then you’ll find it easier to relax, especially if you’re one of those people who can get a little OCD about cleanliness. Take care of it in the early stages, and you won’t have to do it every weekend during the winter.
We’ve invested a lot of money in our homes. We may as well ensure that we enjoy being there and that they meet our needs. During spring and summer, these needs are small, mostly, but when the weather turns, we look to our homes to protect us from the elements and ensure we’re kept happy and having fun, even when we can’t go outside. Take the advice above, and your house will be able to do just that.
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Michele is a Family Life Educator with her degree in marriage and family studies. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!