Give win­ter the cold shoul­der

Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - with Tracey Hordern

WHILE our win­ters are mild com­par­a­tively, the cooler months can catch us un­pre­pared if we don’t take some ac­tion to warm our houses. Homes with in­ad­e­quate in­su­la­tion, ex­posed win­dows, cold floors and open-plan lay­outs can re­ally make for a mis­er­able win­ter.

Here are some ba­sic tips to en­sure your home is cosy with­out spik­ing your en­ergy bills.

CRE­ATE COSY COR­NERS: Lit­tle things such as mov­ing so­fas and chairs closer make a real dif­fer­ence, as does shut­ting off rooms that you are not us­ing and con­sol­i­dat­ing your ac­tiv­i­ties at home into two or three rooms that you need to heat.

WARM­ING UP YOUR FLOORS: Bare floor­boards and tiles are great in the sum­mer months, but mis­er­able in win­ter. If you have ex­panses of bare floors then con­sider adding a few ex­tra rugs in the cooler months, es­pe­cially in the liv­ing ar­eas, bed­rooms and bath­rooms.

WORK­ING WITH YOUR WIN­DOWS: Up to a quar­ter of heat is lost through your win­dows, so if you have cur­tains, draw them closed at night to keep the warmth in.

THE BATHROOM: Usu­ally the cold­est room in the house, bath­rooms can be­come frigid and un­wel­com­ing. Con­sider adding a five-fin spot heater.

THROW SOME THROWS AROUND: The whole Home of Thrones look is go­ing nowhere, so throw some throws on so­fas, liv­ing room chairs and on your beds.

WEL­COM­ING BEDS: I’ve worked out over the years that it’s ei­ther flan­nel sheets or electric blan­kets, you re­ally don’t need both.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

The Home of Thrones look is go­ing nowhere. Add some in­stant glam­our and warmth by adding throws to your liv­ing space this win­ter. OPEN SHADES DUR­ING THE DAY SO SUN­SHINE WARMS THE HOME

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