Cosy up your place
Don’t shiver through winter. Heat up your style.
WITH winter officially here, our attention naturally turns to feathering our nests as we prepare our homes for cosy comfort in the cooler months. Following are some basic suggestions to warm you and your home both effectively and economically.
While this may seem obvious, by dressing appropriately for the weather, whether you’re out and about or lounging in your home, the degree that we need to warm our homes becomes far less and costs also go down.
Blocking out the cold
One of the most economical and effective ways to warm our homes is to ensure that all our windows and doorways are draft free. A simple, inexpensive door snake can effectively keep the cool air from creeping under doors and into your home.
Target the heating
Trying to heat an entire home is both impractical and expensive. Ideally, you will want to warm only the rooms where you spend most your time.
New heated throws are an excellent way to heat your personal space,as are old-fashioned mohair throws and hot water bottles. If you want to spend time on your deck in the winter months, the latest outdoor heaters are both effectiveand inexpensive.
A cosy bed
Beds that feature a bedhead are increasingly popular as we spend more time in our beds reading on our laptops or watching Netflix on our tablets. Most of the large retailers now include a selection of stylish beds that come with a bedhead. Choose a bedhead upholstered in a soft, welcoming material such as velvet.
When it comes to cosy bed linen, you can opt for soft flannelette sheets or an electric blanket. In reality, you will only need one of these options, but if you do choose to use an electric blanket, turn it on half an hour before you retire to bed, then turn it off once you are under the warmed covers as overheating can lead to poor quality sleep.
Cover your floors
While polished floorboards are visually fabulous, bare floors can lose more than 10 per cent of a room’s heat. Even if it’s only for the winter months, place rugs around your living rooms and bedrooms for a dramatic and instantly warming effect.
◆ Attach timers to all heating devices. This ensures your space is only heated when required.
◆ Choose natural fibres for your soft furnishings. Throws and cushions in pure wool, cotton, linen and silk all insulate naturally while keeping you snug.
◆ Draw curtains to keep the warmth in at night and open in the day to allow the sun in.
◆ Winter is perfect for baking, with your oven doubling as a heater.
◆ When making your bed, use the heaviest blankets closest to you and layer the duvet on top to prevent heat loss.