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Maxine Brady, interior stylist and founder of lifestyle blog WeLoveHome, shares her top tips to transform your home into a warm and welcoming retreat.
There are so many reasons to be excited about winter. The weather outside may be frightful but that just means it’s time to turn your home into a cosy haven. There’s nothing better than coming in from the cold to a home that is warm and inviting.
Introduce warming aromas
Scents help to create a cosy atmosphere in your home.
1. Look out for candles with woody aromas, such as fir or eucalyptus, that sum up the warmth of winter. To avoid accidents, use a lantern – like these ones from Homebase – when burning candles.
2. Seasonal room sprays are an instant way to scent your home. Spritz your bedlinen, curtains and sofa cushions for an all-round aroma.
3. Kindlecone has natural pine cone firelighters that have a wax base and are filled with natural oils. When placed on the fire they will fill your home with a seasonal scent.
Add cosy texture
During winter evenings, you’ll always need layers to snuggle under. Here’s how.
4. In your bedroom swap your summer duvet for one with a higher tog rating. Finish with layers of throws and cushions for maximum warmth. Take a look at BHS’s range of cosy faux fur throws for inspiration.
5. Treat your home to a comfortable footstool in a bang-on-trend tartan print. I love this version from Matalan.
6. Get your sofa winter ready with throws and cushions in soft textures like wool, faux fur or velvet. This is the perfect time for a slanket – a blanket with sleeves, if you didn’t know – so indulge yourself.
7. Soften your floors with a deep pile rug. My go-to shop for unusual rugs is Homesense.
There are lots of simple tricks to keep the heat in your home.
8. Your external doors will benefit from an internal curtain that you can draw across to stop any chills. Pick up inexpensive curtains from Dunelm.
9. Simple excluders installed in gaps in window and doors will keep your home warm and help you cut heating bills.
10. When not using your fireplace pop a chimney balloon in your flu. It inflates to stop nasty draughts.
Light up your home
As the days get shorter and the night becomes longer, lighting is increasingly important to set the perfect atmosphere.
11. Add sparkle to night time with fairy lights and fire-safe LED lights. I like this range from BHS.
12. Flickering candles at dinner time will give meals an intimate feel.
13. Run a hot, steaming bath and arrange lit tea-lights for instant relaxation. I have lots of these candles from Oliver Bonas at home.
14. A fireplace will quickly become the heart of the home as you are naturally drawn towards it. Dress your mantle with candles and fairy lights and keep logs and kindling to hand in a stylish wicker log basket.
15. Make sure you have a few lamps dotted in living spaces. They provide relaxed low level lighting for your living spaces.
Heat your space
There are many ways to stylishly heat your home. Here are a few of my favourites.
16. As winter approaches, get your boiler serviced to make sure it’s in tip top condition.
17. Why not think about installing a log burner to create a focal point in your home? There are so many stylish (and affordable) ones on the market. There are even electric versions if you don’t have a working chimney. The throws and accessories you see here are all from House of Fraser.
18. Maybe it’s time to change your radiators? There are so many designer radiators out there which are efficient and stylish. Win win!
Flowers not only look beautiful but will also scent your home. There’s nothing wrong with the odd fake flower here and there too…
19. Hang up a garland of evergreens over your fireplace or hearth.
20. Dress your dining table with a vase filled with thistles, ferns and berries as a simple way to set the scene. Try House of Fraser for vases that have a handmade look.
21. A wreath is not just for Christmas – they look great on display in your home as soon as winter kicks in. I love this gold leaf version from M&S which I would keep out all winter.
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