Being wrapped up in a snug scarf and rubbing your hands together vigorously to keep warm is always a reminder that winter has settled in. With rain, ice cold temperatures and snow across South Africa you’ll need to ensure your home is a toasty oasis from the outside chill.
Make the most of sipping hot chocolate in the living room with your family this season, and be sure to follow our five tips to keep your home warm:
A cosy couch space
winter comes around layer it in machine washable pillows and throws. Velvet adds a lush touch of luxury to your décor. Add a few velvet scatter cushions to your living space for a beautiful style update.
*Tip – ensure your couch is a few feet away from your heater or fire place so the heat can circulate through the room.
Warm up the walls
If you live in an open plan apartment or home then there is no doubt that your walls are cold and quite a bit of your household heat is escaping. Fabric wall art is an easy fix that will warm up the walls in no time. If you can’t find the perfect tapestry to suit your space then we suggest investing in a stylish thick wallpaper or if you don’t want something so permanent then a canvas print will do the trick.
Dress up drafty windows
A lot of heat escapes through windows, so it’s important to find yourself a thick block out curtain to keep the warm air in for the colder months. A casual and classic white block out curtain will suit any space and it’s perfect to create an intimate living room setting. If you have a wide enough windowsill then place scatter cushions against your window to create extra seating and keep out the draft.
Layer up the bedroom
Create a winter sleep sanctuary you can’t resist withlayers of fluffy blankets. Enjoy the feeling of getting in to a warm, soft bed on the coldest of winter
nights. Don’t just survive winter; enjoy it with a plush, brushed cotton flat sheet.
The next step to create your winter nest is spoiling yourself with a Granny Goose down duvet inner. Cold nights will be a distant memory once you are sleeping under a goose down duvet. Then find yourself a comfy, good quality and stylish duvet cover to suit your bedroom space. Finish it off with a few scatter cushions, and then you’re ready to dive in.
A rug(ged) floor
If your home has tiled or wooden floors then a rug will provide you with the perfect insulation for the room. Layering a few over each other can create a stylish solution to keep your feet warm throughout winter. A luxurious shaggy rug adds modest luxury and warmth, where a rustic nobility rug offers a natural hue to complement an elegant setting.
If you’re looking at splurging, then an Nguni hide carpet will add a touch of sophistication and heat to the room.
Now all that’s left to do is create your perfect winter home, light a fire and enjoy a glass of fine red wine.