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With the nights getting longer and the days getting colder, you will be spending more time in your house. With this in mind, you will want to ensure your home is as cosy as possible and somewhere that will make you feel relaxed and happy. The days of summer where you want minimalist accessories, light floral scents and to throw open the curtains are long gone, and it is time to prepare your home for the next few months. When you are out in the cold all day, all you want is to know you are going back home to somewhere that is homey, comfortable, and a sanctuary away from the outside world. If you are looking for ways to make your home cosier, we have put together some top tips below that are sure to help you out…
Add seasonal accessories
Add some seasonal accessories to your home, and soon it will feel like a truly cosy haven. There are many winter accessories out there, such as lanterns, wooden sculptures, tea lights and different artworks. Think carefully about your space and how this will work. If you had some summer accessories, swap these around for your winter ones and pack them away for when the weather gets warm again. You want your winter accessories to be nature orientated in darker colours or warm, berry tones.
Plan your lighting
Lighting is important in the winter months as you lose out on a lot of natural light from the outdoors. Because of this, invest in lots of lighting. It is best to get a few different lamps that you can arrange throughout your home and adjust depending on the light you are after. Dimmable lights are a good idea as you can adjust them depending on how bright you want the room to be, depending on what you are doing. If you are curled up reading a book for example, you will want it a lot dimmer than if you are cooking a meal. Whether you opt for floor lamps, table lamps or fairy lights, think of the aesthetic you are aiming for and choose that for your home for the most cosy finish.
Put rugs down
Rugs are so important to give your home a cosy vibe. If you are looking to add a real homey finish, particularly if you have a laminate floor or vinyl floor tiles, then a rug is a must. In summer you might choose a short pile fabric, but in order to make your home more winter-suited, opt for something that is long-pile, shaggy and fluffy. This way, even if your home is made cold due to the weather, you can ensure it will feel much warmer underfoot. There are so many patterns and designs out there; it is up to you to decide on which one is best for your home and design style. You can also use rugs as decor, such as to drape over a bench if you are after a nordic vibe.
Get some winter scents
There are many scents out there which are suited for winter, and if you are looking to make your home cosy, these are the way to do so. You can add scent to your home in many ways, from reed diffusers to candles or spray fabric scents, simply do your research and find which is the best suited for your home. If it is near to Christmas there are a myriad of festive scents such as mulled wine, winter berry or pine which are the ideal choice, but it is down to you and what your preferences are. Ideally, you want something designed for the designated season which is warm and festive.
Invest in some soft furnishings
There are many soft furnishings out there on the market, which are a guaranteed way to transform your home into a cosy winter escape. Be sure to invest in some thick, chunky knit throws and cushions which you can pop on your bed or your sofa as these will instantly make your home so much cosier. You can also put a different duvet on your bed which is better suited for the cold weather, as well as extra blankets or pillows.
Invest in a fireplace
When you think of a fireplace in your home, you probably think of a grand, brick affair that takes up lots of space. While this is true of some more traditional fireplaces, and they are absolutely beautiful, you can get one that is a lot smaller and more compact, while also having the same effect. You could opt for a wood burner or a fake fire that is easy to install, less expensive and doesn’t cause any structural disturbance or damage to your house. It will look super cosy and also help to fill a space in your room. If you get one with a mantelpiece, it is the perfect spot for housing any accessories you might own, as well as Christmas stockings when the festive season comes around!
Decorate your front door for the season
Don’t underestimate the power of the outside of your home when it comes to pulling the whole cosy aesthetic together. There are many ways you can make your home look inviting and seasonal simply from when you walk up the garden path. We recommend putting lanterns leading up to your front door – these will both look great and also help you see when the mornings and evenings are darker. You could put a wreath up on your door and decorate your garden with seasonal potted plants or garden accessories.
These are just a few of the ways that you can make your home cosy for the upcoming Autumn/ Winter season. By implementing these simple things, it will make a big difference and you will soon be living in a sanctuary of calm. We have covered everything from the big furnishings on the inside of your home, to the little accessories and tips for your garden. It is never too early to get ready for the colder months, so why not get looking today?