Winter has to be one of my favourite seasons of all, simply for the art of Hygge (or Coorie as we say in Scotland!). Nothing beats the roaring fireplace, the tactile blankets and warm lighting. Coupled with family cuddles and your favourite film and well that sounds like perfection to me!
But before I dive into ways to make your home cosy for winter, it’s worth mentioning that it’s important to fully understand the basics of winter-proofing your home. With tips such as bleeding radiators and checking insulation to ensure that your home stays cosy.
Having a worry free winter is always important. With the holiday season and family & friends descending upon you, you don’t want to get caught short on anything heating related (like we did with the oil… read on for that saga!) That’s why things like boiler finance is a life saver. With options from as little as £24 per month. It’s great peace of mind at this time of year.
The warmth at this time of year is more than just heat alone. It’s an all round experience, one with textures, aromas, feelings and light.
To get the most out of feeling cosy this winter, surround yourself with your favourite candles. My favourite smells for this time of year has to be fig or Christmas tree. Layer this up with the sound of crackling fire. If you don’t have a fireplace, then check out candles with wooden wicks that crackle as they burn. That warm glow is perfect for that added cosy vibe.
No one wants stark bright and harsh lighting at this time of year, so switch off the big light and reach for the lamps or fairy lights instead for that perfect level of ambiance.
Another must is soft fabrics and cushions. Think rich textures such as velvet, or wool. I personally don’t think you can ever have enough cushions for that added level of cosy on the sofa.
Layering rugs and blankets is something that is often overlooked, but gives that extra luxury and welcoming touch that will make your living room hard to stay away from.
Getting set for winter however, goes so much deeper than a few cushions and blankets. Being a grown up means there’s various tasks that needs undertaken to make sure the house itself is fit for the colder elements too.
A few things we also like to check for winter:
• Our boiler servicing is up to date.
• Oil in the tank – Being in rural Scotland it’s important to make sure that our oil central heating tank it topped up (we failed on this one this year, as I broke my leg and was in hospital and we ran out on the 27th December. Thankfully our local oil company stepped up!)
• Gutters are clear of leaves and keep an eye when there’s also snow or ice.
• Water system is serviced and filters are up to date (we aren’t on the mains water network) and that the insulation is good.
What tips do you have to keep your home cosy and inviting during the colder months? Let me know in the comments.
This post is in conjunction with Local Heroes but all thoughts are my own