As our lifestyles naturally change with the seasons, so should our homes. With autumn upon us and the cooler weather fast-approaching, it’s time to bring out the winter woollies and start looking forward to cosy nights in.
To make your home as warm and inviting as possible and ward off those winter blues, here are 10 simple tasks and style updates to transform your home into a cosy haven.
1. COOL-WEATHER WINDOW COVERINGS
Sheer curtains are right on-trend and perfect for balmy summer weather but they’re not so good at keeping the heat in and the cool out. If your windows are lacking in the window-covering department consider investing in some layered or insulated curtains or roller blinds. If you’re adamant on sheers you can pick up window insulation kits from a hardware stores or online.
2. INTRODUCE LAYERS OF TEXTURE
Think plush velvet, cosy knitted throws and warming hints of timber or brass if you’re planning on redecorating this winter. Even just a few new cushions can make all the difference when you’re trying to create a snug space to cuddle up in.
3. CHANGE YOUR COLOUR PALETTE
In summer, it’s common to pare back the décor in your home and use neutral tones and pops of vibrant colour to reflect the season. As winter approaches, it’s time to say goodbye to the whites and brights and embrace rich and warming hues, like terracotta, olive green and dusty pinks, to create a cosy and inviting retreat from the cold.
Electric heaters are a cheap and portable option – perfect for renters and if they are not being used to heat large spaces or for long periods.
Gas heaters are best for larger spaces and for those wishing to heat their homes for longer periods of time.
Reverse-cycle air conditioners are much more costly to begin with but can end up being worth it in the long run as they are fairly economical for the amount of heat they generate.
5. COVER UP HARD FLOORS
If you have tiles, hardwood or concrete floors, rugs are an easy and effective way to cosy-up your home in winter. Hardwood floors are not only chilly underfoot in winter; they don’t help hold in any heat, so unless you have underfloor heating, it’s time to invest in a rug or two.
6. CLEAN AND SERVICE AIR-CONDITIONING
According to Energy.gov you should clean or replace your air conditioning system’s filter or filters every month or two during each season. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, is subjected to dusty conditions, or you have fur-bearing pets in the house.
Keeping the filter clean or replacing old filters can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.
7. STOCK UP ON FIREWOOD
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, stocking up now on firewood and keeping it dry with the right storage solution, will save you the panic if winter arrives earlier than expected.
8. IF YOU’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT CARPET, NOW’S THE TIME TO DO IT
No one wants to be stepping onto a cold floor as they jump out of bed in winter! If you’ve been thinking of carpeting your home, or even just the bedrooms, now is the time! Your toes will thank you for it.
9. IS YOUR DOONA WARM ENOUGH?
We all know your doona is your best friend in winter so it pays to pick a good one! Whether or not you have carpet, heating, and even another body in the bed, will determine the kind of coverage you need. Wool and feather quilts are generally the best options for those seeking maximum warmth, where cotton or microfibre quilts provide lighter insulation.
10. REPLACED TIME-WORN LINEN AND TOWELS
A change in seasons is the perfect time to give the linen cupboard a clean-out! Soft fluffy towels and cosy flannelette or linen sheets are a must in the cooler months, so replace the old with the new for some extra added comfort!
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