We’re well in the midst of winter now and the cold temperatures and bad weather are showing no signs of mercy. We brave the chill to get to work in the morning or do the school run and other chores and we shiver our way through the bulk of the day. Regardless of your reason for heading out, the same steadfast rule should apply to anyone on their return at the end of a long, hard day: your house should be a toasty haven for you to settle back down in once you’ve checked everything off your to-do list. So, how do you go about feeling snug as bug as soon as you step foot through the front door in the evening? Well, here are a few ideas to get your imagination going.
Choosing a Sofa
Where you do you spend most of your time lounging about? On the sofa, of course. Besides your bed (where you, hopefully, get your eight hours kip each night), the sofa is where you will spend the most time in one space for extended periods. So you want to make sure that the one you opt for is hardwearing and durable as well as being the highest quality fabric and filling that you can find. Your best bet when it comes to checking these boxes of practicality and comfort is probably a Chesterfield. This is a traditional sofa that can be found from specialist suppliers such as the Chesterfield Sofa Company. The Chesterfield is a classic design and so deserves the precision and craftsmanship that it so often comes hand in hand with. They should be hand built and finished by professionals, using only the finest quality materials. They may cost a little more but they’re worth the investment. So say goodbye to cheap, mass produced sofas that have springs popping out after a matter of months and indulge in something special.
Not all of us have carpets. After all, there are several benefits to having wooden floors. Perhaps you have little ones or pets traipsing in and out of your living spaces, bringing a trail of mud with them as they come and go. Perhaps the same little ones spill drinks, drop food, and dribble or slobber over the floor frequently too. Wooden floors are, at the end of the day, much easier to clean thoroughly and regularly than carpet. But does that mean you have to face planting your feet down on a chilly floor each time you get out of bed and roam the house? Not at all! A rug is the answer to all of your problems. While a rug has the same properties as carpet, it can be kept away from particular problem areas, such as near the backdoor where dirt frequently builds up. However, they can also offer a squishy, warm haven for your feet when they’re feeling a little chilly.
Layering Up With Blankets and Throws
As warm as any given room in your home may be, you’re still going to want a little extra something to snuggle up in. There’s a reason that babies have comfort blankets: because an extra layer of soft material can’t help but make you feel a little more comfortable and content! So, make sure that you have plenty of blankets and throws around in areas that you usually relax in! This will generally be your living space or bedroom. Thick chunky knits are great for insulation and keeping warmth in. Teddy bear fleece materials are soft to the touch. However, you don’t just have to be practical with these things. They can be decorative in their own right! Nowadays there are so many options available out there that there will almost certainly be something that suits your aesthetic down to a tee. Blankets and throws come in every colour of the rainbow. Then there are patterns: geometric, animal print, polka dot… you name it and it’ll be out there. If you’ve joined in with 2017’s mermaid trend and have pastel coloured locks, there will even be a special mermaid tail knit blanket out there in a shade to match your tresses.
Heated Towel Rail
Okay, this one is definitely a luxury. But if it’s within your reach, grasp it. Heated towel rails not only offer you a practical way to hang and dry damp towels once they’ve been used, but they can also be used to warm up already dry and clean towels, ready for you to grab when you get out of the shower. This way, once the steam evaporates, you’re not left shivering in an icy bathroom chamber. Instead, you can wrap yourself up in a soft, warm towel and dry yourself in the most pleasant manner in next to no time. They can be fitted relatively easily and will serve as a saviour when you’re really dreading getting ready for work in the mornings.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. Examine your home and your budget and decide which are best for you!