Now that winter is nearly upon us, you are likely to be spending more and more time indoors. When you have battled through the elements to get to your front door, you want your home to provide you with the biggest and best welcome possible. The Danish have a word for this cosy time spent indoors: hygge. And their winters plunge down way into the minus figures, so they know a thing or two about it! So, let’s take a look at a couple of ways that you can add a touch more hygge to your daily life.
You will be used to layering up whenever you head outdoors during the colder months, so you should do exactly the same to your home. It is time to bring out the extra blankets and cushions that have been sitting at the back of your closet. These accessories have an instant softening and warming effect. As well as this, you can literally improve the heat in your home with designer radiators and smart heating devices. This way, everything will be nice and toasty from the minute you step through the front door.
The type of lighting that you have indoors can make a big difference to how cosy and inviting it appears to be. Installing a dimmer switch is the best way of giving yourself maximum control over the lighting in your rooms. You also want to have multiple sources of lighting so you can adjust and change this whenever you want. Filament bulbs are perfect for giving off a soft glow if this is what you are looking for.
Cover Up Bare Floors
A lot of people have wooden floors in many rooms of their house, but the simple act of putting a large rug in the centre can completely transform the feel of the room. To add an extra layer of texture and underfoot softness, you could go for a thick-pile option. Before you choose a rug, make sure it fits in with the colour, pattern and grain of the wood.
Select Cosy Textiles
Using certain textiles will make your home both look and feel more inviting, so you should stock up on some of these to get you through the winter months. A few nice soft furnishing materials include faux fur, wool and velvet. Mix and match to create the perfect look and style that you want to go for.
You Can’t Beat a Fireplace
If you are looking to undertake a big job that will make a significant impact this winter, putting a fireplace into your home is something that you should certainly consider. If you don’t want to tear down half your home to put in a chimney, a stove is the simpler option. You can even create a feature with logs which gives off the right visual impression as well.
So, there are five jobs that you can get on with to prepare your home for the coming winter months.