Now that the evenings are drawing in, the days are getting shorter, and the cooler days are upon us, it’s time to start thinking about how we can make our homes welcoming and cozy for the winter months. This doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Here are some budget friendly ways to make your house a super cozy home this winter.
Add Texture to Your Home
By adding texture to your home, you are adding warmth and interest, whether that’s a rug under your feet, a soft blanket on the chair where you read, or different textured cushions on the couch or bed. By adding these layers of depth to your furniture, bedding and more, you help to create a cozy feel in the home. You want to feel snuggly and warm wherever you sit down at the end of the day, so make sure you are surrounded by comfy blankets and throw cushions.
Set the mood with candles. A flickering flame on a candle can help set the mood in the evening. Choose scented candles to create a welcoming vibe — perhaps a smell that reminds you of Christmas at home or walks in the snow. Have side lamps or table lamps on instead of spotlights overhead. This subtle lighting helps create a cozy feel and doesn’t create harsh, stark lighting. This is perfect for curling up with a book or playing a board game with the family.
Draw Your Curtains
If you only have blinds up at a window, now is the time to invest in some thermal curtains. Keep them drawn in the evenings to keep in warmth and add to the cozy feel of the room. Again, they add texture and depth to a room, which also helps make it feel homely and welcoming. Thermal curtains can also help with your heating bill as they will help keep the heat in during winter.
Start to rearrange your furniture to accommodate family gatherings, especially for entertaining during the holidays. Have a designated area for board games, as well as an area you can escape to for reading or alone time. Move the couch and chairs to positions that encourage conversation and welcome entertaining. Make sure you have enough seating for everyone. You can always add floor cushions or bean bags for the kids if need be.
Start a Fire
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace at home, then winter is when it really comes into its own. Not only is it a great heat source for you, but it is a lovely feature of the room and creates a focal point other than the television. There’s something very relaxing about staring into a roaring fire on a cold winter’s night. It is a great way to gather the family in one room and be together, and it is the ultimate in winter coziness. If you don’t have a fire in the home, pop it on the TV instead! The sounds of a crackling fire rather than the drone of the television can be a great background noise to your family game night.
Another great way to get cozy at home is to bake. Not only will you be getting warm from the heat of the oven, but it is a great way to get the family together to bake some Christmas cookies. You will also fill your home with the scent of freshly baked goods. Homemade baked goods make a great Christmas gift, so get baking and save yourself some money on Christmas gifts too.
In conclusion, there are some easy and budget friendly ways to make sure your home is cozy and welcoming this winter. By doing just two or three of these ideas, you can create a cozy home without breaking the bank.