It’s that time of year when the nights start closing in and we look out our knitwear to see us through the winter months. As a man, I like to let my beard get that little bit longer as every bit of extra insulation and I also am more averse to a dose of soup than any other time of year.
It’s important to remember if you live in a part of the world that is particularly averse to a cold winter (I’m from Scotland), that it’s not just the way you dress that should change with the seasons, it’s also the space you inhabit. Bearing this in mind, here are four ideas you can take advantage of to give your home a festive feel as the temperature plunges.
- Lighting Is Key
As natural light becomes more limited, and you’re eating ten oranges a day to stave of the onset of scurvy, you might want to take a look at the lighting in your humble abode. Waking up in the morning to a harsh light is unforgiving on the corneas, so try investing in a couple of new lamps to give a cosier feel. There’s so much available, you can be really creative on any budget.
- You’re never too old for a blanket
Peanuts is a deep well of life knowledge, though one underrated character is Linus. Never seen without his trusty blue security blanket, there is plenty to be taken from his trust in fabrics. When you were a child, you might have curled up in a blanket of a cold evening to watch your cartoons. Why not pick the habit again in the comfort (and privacy) of your own home. Perfect with a large bowl of your favourite soup.
- A time for comfort
If you feel like giving your digs a serious new look for the winter months, it might be a good idea to think about the second most important piece of furniture in any home. After the bed, the sofa is arguably the relaxation of any home. And nothing can upset your cosy vibe more than a sad, tired looking couch. A quick look online reveals a plethora of stylish sofas for any living room. Get your throne sorted ASAP!
- Love is the rug
If The Big Lebowski taught us anything, it’s that a nice rug can tie any room together, no matter how many posters of Richard Nixon bowling might be on the wall. If you live in a house or apartment with an uncarpeted floor, rugs help to insulate whilst adding a bit of stylistic flair. Not to mention the satisfaction that comes with putting your feet straight onto a warm rug instead of a cold unforgiving floor. There are a number of approaches you could take with this, whether it’s classic Moroccan or thoroughly modern. Find the warmth that works for you!
Your home becomes more of a sanctuary than ever when winter closes in. Horizontal rain, snow and hail is enough to drive anyone a bit mad, so make sure you’re ready to move into semi-hibernation with a home that’s cosy warm when the snow starts falling!