As the weather cools down outside we spend more time indoors enjoying our homes. You want your home to feel cozy and inviting in the fall and winter months and add some warmth into your home’s atmosphere. Read on to find out how to transition your home during the colder months, and how to make it inviting, relaxing, and cozy.
Add in Textiles
One way to make any room a little softer is by adding in some cozy blankets and throw pillows. While in the summertime you want your home to feel cool and airy, in the winter you want a sense of warmth in the rooms you use most. Adding in a thick wool blanket, a chunky cable knit throw, or a small quilt to your living room couch gives not only a great design element, but an easily accessible way to warm up while watching your favorite movies. Add in a warm blanket to the back of your reading chair to give you a cozy option when reading your favorite books. Adding in pillows can also soften up any room, and make it seem warmer and cozier. Choose a pillow that has a soft cover in deep rich colors to add visual warmth and soft depth. Even in the kitchen, where you won’t be using a blanket, changing the colors of your dish towels to red, deep green, or warm yellow can make the space have a softer, more inviting edge. Textiles are one great way to add some coziness to your house as the seasons change.
Have Great Lighting
The days are getting shorter, and the daylight is fading earlier, leaving your home in the dark. If you only have harsh, fluorescent overhead lighting, consider adding in some warm lamps around the rooms you use most. A gentle glow can warm up any room, and make you want to snuggle into those cozy blankets and pillows. String lights don’t just need to be for the holidays, and a strand of fairy lights in a large houseplant or string lights around your kitchen or living room can keep things looking warm and inviting. Use soft, warm lighting to counteract the longer nights and colder days.
Candles are a great way to make your home seem inviting this fall and winter. Lighting them on a mantle, on a coffee table, or as the centerpiece of any family dinner bathes the whole room in a soft glow and makes the space seem warmer and more intimate. Use a grouping of tea light candles, or larger candles on stands to add in height to a entry table or credenza. Candles in the bathroom can be a wonderful addition for a cozy home, and add in a special touch that guests are sure to appreciate. If you have young children or pets and are afraid of leaving candles burning, there are many flameless options available that use lights to mimic the soft glow—many of them even flicker!
Bake Up Some Treats
Your baking skills may be out of practice after a sweltering summer, but the cooler months are the time for cookies, muffins and fresh baked breads. Not only does turning on your oven add some tangible warmth to your kitchen, but the warm aroma that fills your home makes everything seem a little more cozy. Banana bread, chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin muffins, and brownies can all add sweetness into the air and are great to snack on right out of the oven! Keep the coffee on and bake up some goodies to make your home seem like a refuge from the wind and chill of the outdoors. If you just want a quick way to infuse your home with some good smells, simmering orange slices, cloves, star anise, and cinnamon sticks in apple juice can fill your home with good scents all day long.
Light a Fire
Okay, we’ve saved the best, coziest, tip for last—lighting up a crackling fire in your fireplace or wood stove! If you want a place to relax and warm up, being in front of a roaring fire is a great way to make the whole house warmer and more inviting. Rearranging your furniture during the winter to have more comfortable seating near your fireplace or wood stove makes a way for family and friends to enjoy the glow together. Do you have a living room that could be perfect if only it had a place for a fire?
A wood stove is a great solution, and Chimney Care Plus is your source for great wood stove installations that can add in that missing warmth to your home. If you have a fireplace already, you need to make sure that it is safe to have fires in. You need to have your chimney inspected annually to look for any signs of damage, creosote build up, critters, or other problems. Before you light that first fall or winter fire, call Chimney Care Plus in Frederick to have us inspect your chimney and give it a thorough cleaning to make sure you will have a full winter of great, cozy fires!
Count on us if you need chimney inspection or cleaning services, or a wood stove installation. We provide service throughout Western Maryland, including Frederick, Mt. Airy, Hagerstown, Myersville, and the surrounding areas — give us a call to get started!