As the holidays come around and winter’s bite gets ever colder, it’s time to snuggle back into that cozy cocoon you call home. But what if your home is not giving you those warm and toasty feelings you need and crave this holiday season? Have no fear, read on for plenty of our Ciao approved tips to help you turn up the fuzzy factor.
1. Add a Rug
Floorboards are chic, no doubt about it, but when the mercury drops you could use a little warmth underfoot. Different textures in your home also combine to add a feeling of coziness to the literal warmth of natural fibers. A few options to consider — a fluffy, white shag rug for retro cool, a classic Persian style, or cowhide for a rustic touch.
2. Hang Drapes
Drapes help block the cold from creeping in through the glass of your windows. The rule for winter is the thicker the better, so look for something in wool or with a thermal lining. Some of our favorites, Lee Industries and Vanguard Furniture are great places to start your search for the perfect cozy curtains. We also love Casa Fiora for their inexpensive, but beautifully designed drapes.
3. Throw Blankets
There’s nothing more welcoming than the look of a warm, stylish throw blanket draped across a comfy couch, ready for you to dive in and curl up with a good book. Because they’re so interchangeable, throw blankets are a way to get creative with your decorating and add in some color and pattern in a low-commitment way. Try a bright fuchsia mohair or a bold chevron pattern – whatever fits your already beautifully decorated home. We absolutely love the ones from Pine Cone Hill.
4. Find and Fix Drafts
If your home is feeling a bit drafty, your secret weapons are a candle and a tube of caulk. Light the candle near the window you suspect of letting a draft in. If it flickers or bends, you know you have some caulking to do! Check for cracks and gaps in old caulk and fill them, or replace the caulk completely. After 12 hours, do another candle test to see if you’ve solved the problem.
5. Warm Lighting
Cold lights (such as fluorescent ceiling lights) will make your home feel less inviting. Adding lamps and pendant lights to the corners of the room and fitting them with bulbs that emit a warm light will make a room feel aglow. We love the range at Light & Living — lights of all colors, textures and styles to suit every style of decor.
After these tips, the only thing left to do to really get the warm and fuzzies flowing in your home this winter is to fill your place with the people you love!