make your bed­room win­ter ready

With the nights draw­ing in, trans­form your space into a warm and cosy re­treat with our clever tips for keep­ing out the cold

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Layer up your bedlinen to keep warm when it’s cold out­side

Bed­rooms are safe havens in any home and a place to re­lax and un­wind in com­fort. How­ever, as the sea­sons change, lit­tle tweaks are needed here and there to make them a dream to be in all year round.

We’ve compiled a handy guide on how to pre­pare your space for win­ter with a few prac­ti­cal pointers, all with­out com­pro­mis­ing on style, of course.

Win­dow treatments

as the tem­per­a­ture drops out­side, it’s im­por­tant to keep out all draughts and give your win­dows some TLC. Fill in gaps or cracks around the panes with a good-qual­ity filler or sealant at the start of win­ter, and con­sider hang­ing thicker cur­tains for added warmth. Buy those with a ther­mal lin­ing or a de­tach­able one that you can put on your­self (try Next’s ther­mal cur­tain lin­ing, from £30). choose a fab­ric in a warm colour, too, to help make the space feel cosy and invit­ing.

Bright idea

Think about the light­ing you se­lect for your bed­room and how well it will il­lu­mi­nate the space in the darker, win­ter months. you may well be get­ting up and dressed in the morn­ing be­fore sun­rise, so make sure your main light source is ad­e­quate. Dim­mer switches are a good idea as you can al­ter the light lev­els to help you re­lax be­fore bed and wake you up in the morn­ing. Wrap a string of fairy lights over your head­board or along the cur­tain rail for a soft-glow­ing fin­ish­ing touch to your scheme.

On the sur­face

add a high-pile rug to your bed­room floor to give your feet some­thing warm to step onto in the morn­ings, par­tic­u­larly if you have ex­posed floor­boards. a shaggy faux-fur rug is per­fect for win­ter (try the Tejn rug, £10, ikea, for a bud­get-friendly up­date) or con­sider car­pet­ing the whole room if it’s a par­tic­u­larly cold house.

ri­ley du­vet cover set, £16.99; ca­sual cotton grey du­vet cover, £24.99, both dunelm

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