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Winter Home Essentials

Winter Home Essentials

As the nights get shorter, the wind gets nippier and the mornings make it more difficult to get out of bed, you’d be forgiven for feeling a little grey and downhearted. But that’s not to say that there aren’t ways you can revamp your home a little to make it a little more inviting when you fall through the door after a long day at work.

Considering that British weather is infamously miserable around this time, the likelihood is that you’ll be spending more time in your home than anywhere else. A few easy and cost-efficient changes can quickly turn a bare room into a snug den you’ll want to hole yourself up in until March!

Bring Life into Your Home

Winter is great for getting cosy, and streets lined with frostbitten, naked trees do make for a beautiful sight. However, an absence of any greenery in the home can leave it looking a little… plain.

Tare lots of vibrant, low maintenance options to add a splash of colour to the home during the cooler months. But there’s no need to break out the Christmassy poinsettia just yet…

Over the past few years, succulent plants have boomed in popularity, but not only because they look great- they are also incredibly easy to look after, meaning they’re a must for those of us who haven’t got a green thumb:

  • Aloe Vera: this is a classic, and has the added bonus that the gel inside the leaves has a multitude of medicinal properties.
  • Dieffenbachia: this one has stunning, large stripy leaves, and it grows relatively big. Better still, you need only water it once a week!
  • Cacti: On a much smaller scale, terrariums filled with small cacti have populated social media profiles regularly for the past few years. They come in flowering and none flowering types, and no two are the same!

Quilts, Throws and Cushions

Cosying up on the sofa after a long day at work is made all the more comfier when you have a big pile of throws and cushions to bury yourself under with your favourite mug full of hot chocolate. The best part about these are that as well as being functional, they add to the current décor of the room if you choose carefully!

Throws are brilliant for just wrapping around yourself like a human burrito whilst you watch your favourite trash tv show, and come in an assortment of colours and materials that make them perfect for tailoring to your own tastes. Jewel tones are favoured during the cooler months, but don’t shy away from some daring brights paired with more traditional neutrals. The same goes with cushions (and you can never have too many of these!). Mix and match either complimentary or clashing hues to work with the rest of the room.

The Importance of Cosy Lighting

An abundance of candles is an easy remedy for a cold winters night- extra points if you can find any that are seasonally scented! They also add an ethereal glow to the room you choose to bunker down in for the evening. Whether tealights or larger potted candles, no home is complete without a multitude of these on every available surface you have.

Another great way to add comforting lighting to a room is to change the lightbulbs you’re using. We love Edison bulbs (you know, the industrial looking ones that have been dominating interiors blogs for a while now?). The filament inside the bulb emits a gorgeous orangey glow

Yellow-white bulbs are great for the way that they provide a warmer atmosphere than blue-white bulbs; and you’d be amazed how much of a difference this small change makes! Replace the bulbs in your lamps and main lighting sockets and see the mood of the room change drastically.

Fireplace

If you’re lucky enough to have a traditional built-in fireplace and chimney in your home, we don’t doubt be utilizing that nearly every day during the chilly months. Other than just providing heat, they also give off a beautiful, dancing light.

However, if you’re not one of these lucky few who already have a fireplace, it’s not all doom and gloom! Electric fireplaces are commonplace in new homes, and while they can be a little on the pricey side, they’re a worthwhile investment.

Alternatively, if you’re not looking to commit on this level, electrical stove heaters can be bought relatively cheaply, and are a brilliant option for space conscious rooms. They are small, but can really kick out some heat. The clever design work even looks like a real old fashioned stove!

In conclusion, a few simple changes can make the world of difference to your home especially when it gets chilly outside. While it can make it more difficult to venture out into the world, we do love an excuse to curl up like we’re preparing for hibernation!

 

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Phoebe Skinner

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