Tips for cosy win­ter dec­o­rat­ing

Lesotho Times - - Property -

THE chilly morn­ings and evenings are a pre­cur­sor for the colder win­ter ahead. And even though win­ter is not here just yet, it’s never too early to start plan­ning your win­ter dé­cor.

With all the rain that we’ve been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing around the coun­try, chances are we are in for a cold win­ter. With the high cost of elec­tric­ity and the pos­si­bil­ity of load shed­ding, home­own­ers can warm up their homes with­out us­ing a sin­gle watt of power.

It’s amaz­ing how dé­cor alone can make any room feel warmer. Home­own­ers can use as­sorted bold tex­tures, lay­ers of fab­ric, warm woods and cush­ions to warm up this win­ter.

Here’s how to keep your home warm…

Add lay­er­ing Lay­ers of tex­ture can add a level of warmth to an oth­er­wise ster­ile room. What’s important when lay­er­ing tex­tures is to look for a com­mon thread that will tie all the el­e­ments to­gether. This can be a colour, a pat­tern or the use of neu­tral colours to high­light colours that are al­ready in the room.

Make use of rugs Lay­ers of rugs not only de­fine the liv­ing space, but the vary­ing tex­tures can be used to tie fur­ni­ture and floor­ing to­gether. A mix of shaggy and woven rugs can lighten dark wood floors and cre­ate a warm, cosy seat­ing soften hard edges, home­own­ers can use woven rugs with tas­sels.

Ad­di­tion­ally, they can get neu­tral coloured rugs that provide a neu­tral back­drop. These go well with pale coloured up­hol­stery.

What’s nice about us­ing tex­tured rugs to add warmth dur­ing the colder months of the year is that they can be stored dur­ing sum­mer months, or put to good use else­where in a home.

You also have the op­tion to shop around for af­ford­able rugs that won’t wreak havoc on your bank ac­count. Stores such as Mr Price Home, Sheet Street and other home dé­cor stores stock a va­ri­ety of smaller rugs, and larger shop­ping malls have a rug shop or might not be a fan of real fur, but there are plenty of fab­ric stores that stock a va­ri­ety of plush faux fur fab­rics that you can use to repli­cate the look of fur­ni­ture. Let’s be hon­est, a sheep­skin does add a lux­u­ri­ously warm- ing ef­fect to a room.

In­su­late win­dows Leaky win­dows can make a room chilly un­less you have dou­ble glaz­ing. Ap­ply­ing weath­er­proof­ing strips around win­dow frames will cut down on draughts. Win­dows also let out a large amount of heat dur­ing the colder months so it’s al­ways a good idea to have a set of win­ter drapes on hand to keep

Opt for wood pieces Not only is wood a nat­u­ral in­su­la­tor but it also makes a room feel warmer. Nowa­days, you can find in­ex­pen­sive al­ter­na­tives to real wood if you don’t want to go through the has­sle of cladding walls. For ex­am­ple, now you can buy wood-look wall­pa­per or vinyl planks that look al­most as good as the real thing. These are

Ac­ces­sories are a must Ap­ply the lay­er­ing method to floors, walls and fur­ni­ture. Lay­ers can help you dec­o­rate your home and keep it warm through­out the colder months with­out switch­ing on the heater. Use throws and knit­ted rugs to keep warm when re­lax­ing in the evenings.

— Home-dzine.

leaky win­dows can make a room chilly un­less you have dou­ble glaz­ing.

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