Make your home warm and cosy this winter
When the nights draw in and the temperature drops, there’s nothing better than retreating to a warm and cosy home. But you don’t need to spend a fortune to get your home ready for those chilly evenings. Here are our top tips for transforming your living space into a welcoming sanctuary this winter – just don’t blame us if you never want to leave!
Soft furnishings are a must-have if you want to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Layer sofas and armchairs with cushions and throws in a variety of colours and textures. Chunky knits like this Moss chunky knitted throw will bring instant warmth to your living space and are perfect for Scandi-themed interiors.
If you want to add a touch of luxury, opt for sumptuous fabrics such as faux fur and thick velvet. Or how about this super-soft cubic embossed sherpa throw. Available in ochre and charcoal, it will brighten up any home and is ideal for those cold winter nights.
Cover up cold floors
While wooden and tiled floors are stylish and practical, they can feel especially cold underfoot during the winter. If you want to emulate the cosiness of carpet, consider adding a rug for instant warmth. Rugs with a high pile, such as our Montana hand-tufted shaggy rug, are particularly good if you want to achieve a homely feel.
Or why not up the snug factor even more by scattering some soft floor cushions around the room? Not only will they cover bare floor space, but they’ll also provide extra seating for any Christmas guests.
Create ambient lighting
Ambient lighting can transform the look and feel of your home, helping it to appear warm and inviting. While ceiling lights are great for illuminating the whole room, if you want to create a more intimate feel then it’s important to have additional lighting sources.
Floor lamps and table lamps are perfect for adding warmth and lighting up dark corners. They’re also incredibly versatile as they can be moved to a different location if necessary. Wall lights are another excellent source of ambient lighting, especially when fitted in large open spaces such as living rooms. Not only do they provide a softer alternative to main ceiling lights, but they can also be used to highlight attractive focal features or artwork.
Invest in an electric blanket
Turn cold wintery nights into a toasty treat with an electric blanket or throw. An electric blanket is ideal for a guest bedroom, while electric throws add a pop of colour and are perfect for cosying under while watching TV.
Our electric blankets come in a range of sizes and include handy features such as variable dual controls and body responsive temperature sensors. Auto shut-off functions also minimise energy usage to help keep bills down.
Transform a cold or neglected corner into a cosy nook with an occasional or accent chair. Stylish and practical, they can bring warmth and texture to an otherwise uninviting dead space.
Laidback lounger chairs are ideal for unwinding after a long day, while plush velvet seats such as our Albie Cocktail chair are great for adding a splash of colour to smaller spaces. If space isn’t an issue, consider opting for a large snuggler chair for ultimate relaxation and comfort.
Style with complementary cushions, a throw and some task lighting, and you’ve got the perfect place to curl up with a good book on a cold winter’s day.
Serve up some heartwarming dishes
Whether it’s a steaming stew or delicious vegetable soup, there’s nothing quite like a winter warmer recipe to take off the chill. Short on time? Opt for a slow cooker and you’ll have a heartwarming meal ready and waiting when you walk through the door.
And don’t forget to kit out your kitchen with everything you need for those warming winter drinks. Convenient and versatile, pod machines allow you to prepare a huge range of barista-quality drinks at the touch of a button. From hot chocolates and cappuccinos to teas, coffees and lattes, they’re perfect when you want to indulge in your favourite hot beverage without leaving the house.
Plus, our popular Bosch Tassimo pod machines come in various stylish colours to complement your kitchen scheme.
Still in need of some extra warmth?
If you still find yourself feeling the chill, it might be worth investing in some additional heating for your home.
We sell a wide range of electric fires and heaters online and in-store. So whether you’re looking for a complete fireplace suite, a contemporary wall-hung fire or a freestanding electric stove, our expert team will be more than happy to talk you through the options available.
With just a few simple changes, you can turn your home into a cosy retreat this winter. Explore our range of furniture and decor for more inspiration and ideas.