In the winter, we rely on our homes to provide us with warmth, comfort and entertainment. We want to come home to the coziness of a warm home, a hot cup of tea and a cuddly throw.
Here are 8 winter comfort tips for 2018 to create a cozy home that welcomes friends and family and make a long winter pass quickly.
- Nestle Close: Save on heating bills by rearranging your furniture so you sit near interior walls rather than exterior walls. Create a more intimate seating area for winter by pulling all the furniture in toward the center of the room.
- Lighting Options: We are more dependent on artificial lights during the long nights of winter. You can create a warm atmosphere and keep the electric bill down by choosing highly efficient, dimmable LED bulbs. Give yourself many lighting options—for example, a bright lamp near a favorite reading spot might eliminate the need to use overhead lights.
- Window Warmth: Heavy drapes made of thick material help provide an extra layer of nighttime insulation. In the day, open all shades so sunshine can pour into your home and help warm it.
- Winterize Your Entry: Organize your entry to make bundling up easier and to avoid tracking slush and mud through the house. Put an absorbent welcome mat and proper storage in your entryway, mud room or just inside the door, including a coat rack or hooks, shelves or cubbies for shoes, and baskets for hats, gloves and scarves. If you want to take off your coat and boots and immediately put on your fuzzy sweater and house slippers, keep those near the door, too.
- Sweaters: It's winter, so dress like it, even indoors. Every degree you drop your thermostat can lower your heating bill by up to 2 percent—meaning it’s cheaper to wear a wool sweater than a T-shirt around the house! (If you’ll be away for a weekend or more, turn down the temperature to 55 degrees—the lowest you can go without the risk of freezing your water pipes.)
Snuggle Down: Make your bedroom your winter haven — a calming, soothing place where you can rest and recharge. Start by clearing all clutter, then decorate with only the art you love most. Pile the bed with your favorite blankets and linens, and install a romantic chandelier on a dimmable switch. And there is nothing like a fluffy down comforter to keep you warm and cozy.
- Inside Hobby: Try taking up a new craft. Knitting, cross-stitching, learning an instrument or language, crocheting, painting, drawing, sewing, trying a new form of exercise, scrapbooking or a DIY home project.
Fireplace Heating: Curling up by the fire is the ultimate way to warm up and save on heating bills. Pull the family, a bunch of pillows and a pile of blankets together in front of the fire, or throw together an impromptu dining room and eat dinner by the hearth.