Winter Ready Home Tips
Even though the first day of winter is 21st December according to astronomy, it feels like winter is already here with temperatures in Britain already reaching sub-zero. But winter nights are the perfect time of year to use the cold as an excuse to not go to that work thing, dress head-to-toe in miss-match pyjamas and watch mindless tv. So it's important to ensure that your home is prepared for winter and you're ready to 'Hygge' with these top tips...
Throws & Blankets
The quickest way to add some warmth to your home this winter and for many winters to come is with throws and blankets. You probably have a few comfort blankets lying around the house that are worse for wear. However, if you want something that's as 'cool' as it cosy then look no further than the Vitra Colour Block Blanket or the Muuto Loom Throw. The great thing about a good throw or blanket is it will never lose it softness and can also be used in the summer for picnics or stowed away until next winter.
Another way to add extra cosiness to your home is with a rug. Rugs with a high pile count (the density of fibres) are the best for winter and can help your home retain heat too! A thick wool rug can help create a cosy atmosphere and act as a centre point for a room for your furniture to gather around - much like a wood burning fire. We have a range of winter warming rugs from the wonderful Fabula Living. These Danes know a bit about the long winter nights too! Our top picks are the Thor rug in Ochre which is great if you fancy a splash of colour or the Gjall rug which is a thick woollen rug - your feet will thank you later!
How cosy does this Hay Peas rug look?
You can evoke a sense of warmth in your home by choosing colours that remind you of warmer climes. From yellows that remind you of the golden sands of sun scorched beaches to the browny-red terracottas that make you think of the burnt ceramics of Europe's historical cities - a warm colour scheme could be just what your home needs this winter. If you don't want to overhaul your whole home with expensive paint and furniture, just add splashes of colour with blankets, cushions and rugs.
A lovely splash of natural and warming tones has been achieved here with the use of a Hay 2 Dot Cushion.
Light It Up
As the dark nights are in full swing and daylight is fleeting, it's important you have the right lighting to create a cosy atmosphere. The key here is to have layers of lighting. There are three separate layers; Ambient Lighting, Mood lighting and Task Lighting.
An ambient light is usually your main source of light and illuminates the whole room when switched on and comes in the form of a pendant or ceiling light. However, it's mood and task lighting that really set the atmosphere in a home. Mood lighting can be used to add depth, charm and a personality to a room and usually comes in the form of well-positioned wall lights that highlight certain features of the room. And that finally brings us to task lighting - a bookworm's best friend! Task lighting can be achieved with table and floor lamps (even well positioned pendant lights). Most importantly, don't forget the dimmers for that extra bit of ambience too!
This interior has used Louis Poulsen AJ table and floor lamps to create the perfect task lighting.
Cosy with Candles
Make sure all your senses feel the warmth this winter by making use of scented candles. Not only do scented candles create a lovely flickering ambience and contribute to the mood lighting in your home, the aromatic smells of the candles can be comforting too. Skandinavisk have a lovely Winter gift set which is sure to warm up your cockles, but there are many scented candle brands with a range of enchanting fragrances like Meraki, True Grace & Broste Copenhagen.
Keep the Cold Out!
Stop the cold from creeping in the home in the first place by making sure you have blinds and curtains on your windows - especially the drafty ones! What's more is you can use blinds or curtains to add a splash of colour, and they can be used to block out any unwanted light when you're trying to create that perfect lighting ambience.
We love the hardware used to hang these chevron patterned curtains and although they may not be a warm colour, grey is a colour that works with any interior.
A room rearrangement may just be the finishing touch to your living room needs this winter. We advise that you arrange your room so that the furniture crowds around a focal point like a coffee table or even better, a fireplace! This will create a sense of 'cosiness' and 'togetherness' that's needed in those winter months. You'll be surprised how rearranging your living areas can change the whole look and feel of your home.
So that's our round up of tips for a winter ready home. We've also gone through the trouble of selecting a range of furniture, lighting and home accessories that will help you prepare for the looming winter nights.