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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Autumnal Updating: Simple Ways To Create Comfort and Coziness At Home

Is there anything nicer than a cozy night in when the weather is bad outside? Movies, hot chocolate, and cozy pajamas, now that the summer has come to an end it’s all about being as warm and comfortable as possible again. When you’re spending less time outdoors, and more time in your home, you of course want it to be as inviting and pleasant to spend time in as possible. So if you’re hoping to make some updates before the colder weather really sets in, here are a few things to consider. 

Sort Your Heating

Chances are your heating won’t have been used since the start of the year. But now that the summer is coming to a close and the nights are getting colder it’s time to fire it up. Since it’s not been used in a while, it’s worth putting it on and doing a test run, go around the house and make sure all radiators and things like heated towel rails are warming up properly. If radiators aren’t hot all the way up, there might be air trapped in the system. This is a simple fix, you can ‘bleed’ them which removes this and will ensure they work correctly again. Any issues you can call a heating repair company now and get it up and running again before the cold weather really sets in. If you have a wood burning stove, now is the time to start stocking up on wood. If you have a shed or somewhere to store it, you could start stockpiling now to spread the cost meaning you have less to buy later in the year. 


Get Rid of Drafts

There’s nothing worse than feeling a big chill or gust of cold air come through the home when the weather cools down. Old houses are particularly bad when it comes to drafts. Two things you can do from a home improvement perspective are to get new windows fitted and have the walls and loft insulated. Not only is this better for the environment since you’re wasting less heat but it will also save you money in the long run and mean you’re much more comfortable at home. Companies like Renewal by Andersen windows specialize in energy efficient windows and patio doors which will be a welcome upgrade if you’ve been dealing with drafty windows for a while. Cavity wall and loft insulation will provide your property with almost a thermal jacket, heat stays trapped in instead of escaping keeping you far more warm and cozy. Other things you can do is ensure that doors fit right in the frames. If for example you once had a thick carpet but replaced this with wooden floors, you might now have a gap along the bottom where drafts can get through. Also, houses can settle and shift over the years meaning doors don’t fit as well as they once did. Having all new internal doors fitted will not only look nice but keep the heat trapped in the rooms more efficiently. At the very least, use draft excluders along the bottom of doors to keep the cold out. 

Refresh The Beds

There’s no cozier place to be than in bed, and when the colder months roll back around there’s plenty you can do to make this the loveliest, comfiest place in the world. First, if your mattress is over seven years old, it’s time to buy a replacement, since after this time it will no longer be supporting your body properly. Plus it can harbor dust mites and their waste, which can set off allergies. Replace duvets after five years and pillows after one or two for the same reason- plus new bedding feels extra plush and cozy. For bedding, brushed cotton or flannel will be extra soft and cozy, and you could pile up your bed with throws and a bedspread for added warmth. An electric blanket is useful for those really chilly evenings, pop it on for a few minutes before you get into bed. Whether you spend your evenings curled up with a book or watching Netflix, a comfortable bed is a perfect way to relax and unwind at home. 


Make The Sofa Cosy

Another way you can get cozy at home is by making the sitting area a warm and comfortable place to be. If your furniture is leather, we all know how cold and unpleasant this can be to sit on! One way you can get around this is by using throws. You can get large throws big enough to cover a kingsize bed on places like eBay. Pop one underneath you and then a couple for over the top. Perfect for snuggling up within your pajamas after a hot bath on a chilly autumn or winter’s evening. If you buy a basket or a storage ottoman to go in your living room, it’s easy to put the blankets away when they’re not in use. Otherwise, you could just fold them up and hang them over the back of the sofa or armchairs. Plenty of plush cushions too will make everything extra comfortable. 

Work On The Bathroom

Cold nights are all about long soaks in a hot bubble bath, but if your surroundings in the bathroom are lacking you might not feel like luxuriating in there for long! If you can’t afford a full bathroom refit, there are a few things that can make all the difference. First, remove any moldy sealant from around the bath, and re-do this, so it looks nice and clean. Next, using a grout tool scrape some of the grout from between the tiles and fill it again. This gives you the look of a freshly tiled bathroom for a fraction of the cost! Replace your shower curtain if yours has gone moldy, and bring in some new accessories. A new bath mat, some soft fluffy towels, and a new soap dispenser are all practical while making your bathroom look nice. Another important thing to get right in the bathroom is storage. Instead of being surrounded by products and kids toys, these can all be neatly put away. Then when you run your bath, you have clean and tidy surroundings so you can properly relax. Buy some bath bombs or oils and light a candle. 

Make it Look Nice

A cozy home isn’t just about it being warm, although that is important. It should look pleasant and inviting too. Plenty of soft textiles like cozy rugs, throws, cushions and sumptuous curtains will make it feel cozy. Display some personal touches like art and photographs, along with some plants and decorative accessories. Rooms that look homely and personal tend to have a cozy feel, so don’t overlook the decor if you want to feel as comfortable as possible over the colder months. If your home is decorated in neutral colors, bringing in an accent color is a good way to update it. Choose an accent shade, brown, terracotta, gold, navy, deep purple- all of these shades work well for the autumn. Buy your accessories and soft furnishings in this color to bring depth and dimension to space and update it for the season ahead. Generally decluttering and keeping everywhere tidy helps too, people go crazy for spring cleaning at the start of the year, but really this is worth getting on board with at the start of every season. Have carpets professionally cleaned, wash windows, curtains, vacuum behind large pieces of furniture and organize cupboards. Basically, tackle the jobs that would usually get left (or don’t need doing) during a normal clean. Lighting is another element to get right when it comes to the look and ambiance of the home. If you go with LED smart bulbs, you can easily tailor how dim or bright you want them meaning you can perfectly set the scene for whatever you’re doing. If you’re crafting or kids are doing homework, for example, you could have them brighter, if you’re relaxing with a movie you could dim them. If you have a voice-controlled speaker, you can change up the lighting mood using this. Otherwise, it’s from an app on your phone. It’s a useful way to make the room feel cozy. 


Think About Fragrance 

Another way to bring a homely ambiance for the colder months is to fragrance your home. Plug in air fresheners, fabric sprays, reed diffusers, wax burners, candles, potpourri- there are tonnes of ways you can do this. Opt for seasonal scents such as autumn fruits, vanilla, and spices like cinnamon and gingerbread. It’s another way to add a level of coziness to your home and make it a space that you love spending time in. 

A few updates to your home can really make the difference, and when you’re spending more time indoors you want it to be as nice as possible. Whether you’re looking to renovate or just make some simple changes you can set yourself up for a much cozier autumn and winter.