After the holidays have passed, it’s easy for winter to become bleak and cold. But one of the best ways to stay cheery till spring, and arguably one of the best things about winter, is getting to be with loved ones in your cozy home. But if you stop to think about it, how do you create a cozy home? There are a few simple ways you can achieve this feeling all winter long. Take note of these five tips for keeping your house cozy this winter.
Tip #1: Keep Blankets on Hand
One of the best ways to keep your house cozy this winter it is have a stockpile of big fluffy blankets. Nothing says cozy like cuddling up with a big blanket on the couch!
Tip #2: Stoke the Fire
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, you’ll instantly up the cozy factor simply by having one in your home! And once you light that thing and get a fire going? You can just sit back and enjoy the coziness that is your home. It’s no wonder so many of the best and coziest Christmas songs make mention of open fires or fireplace! If you don’t have a fireplace, you can still get that same cozy feeling by lighting your favorite candle. Set it on your kitchen table or maybe on a mantle or shelf (far from flammable objects of course.)
Tip #3: Layer Light
Because winter can be so dreary, it’s important to take advantage of many different light sources. As mentioned above, fire is a very cozy form of light, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of your fireplace and candles. Avoid your typical overhead lights since those are what you use day to day. Instead, try stringing up some fairy lights or vintage light bulbs. It’s also important to take advantage of all the natural light you can. This is pretty easy to do in the upper and main levels of your home, but what about the basement? If you have window wells, it’s important to let as much light in as possible.
One way you can do this is by installing a window well cover. A window well cover, like the clear covers and standard grate covers offered from Windowell Expressions, will help keep your window well clear of snow and other debris. This will help let light in and keep your view obstructed. Both clear covers and standard grate covers protect your home and window well while letting in as much natural light as possible!
Tip #4: Throw down Some Rugs
Warm air rises so your floors are typically going to be pretty cool during the winter, especially if you have hard wood floors or tile. Putting down a few rugs in the main areas of your home will help your home feel warm and cozy this winter.
Tip #5: Use Drapes
Drapes are a good way to up the cozy factor simply by having them on the wall! The variety in texture adds an almost indescribable coziness, and when you pull them shut it can help keep out those cold winter drafts.