With much of the UK covered in snow last week, one thing for certain is that it’s bitterly cold outside. To help keep the chill out this winter, below are some interior design ideas that not only look great, they also help to keep your home nice and warm.
Seal the skirting boards
Skirting boards are often neglected because we don’t tend to look down when we walk into a room. If yours are dirty or paint is chipping off them, winter is a great time to give them a makeover. While you’re there, use sealant to fill in any gaps between the top and bottom of your skirting boards because it will make a huge difference to the temperature of your house if a cold breeze is coming in through them.
Invest in some rugs
If you’re looking for a stylish way to make your house warmer, invest in a couple of rugs. Few people realise that our homes lose a lot of heat through the floor. We can in fact lose as much as 10% of the heat in our homes through the ground however which means a 10% increase on our energy bills.
A simple solution is to throw down some rugs. Not only can this really help to transform the room, it also stops any warm air escaping through gaps in the floorboards.
Cosy winter throws
Winter is the ideal time to decorate the place with soft, warm throws. Anything that incorporates wool, faux fur, cashmere or even velvet will help to keep you nice and toasty no matter how low the temperatures drop. You don’t have to confine them to the bedroom either. Decorative throws look great draped over the sofa and they’re perfect to snuggle under while you’re watching TV.
Install window shutters
If you’re looking for a truly fabulous way to transform the look of your house while keeping it nice and warm, you can’t go wrong with window shutters.
These stunning window dressings act as a barrier between the outside world and the inside of your home, thereby dramatically reducing the amount of heat lost through your windows.
Winter isn’t the only time window shutters come into their element however. They’re also great in the summer because they allow you to keep out direct sunlight while still allowing enough light to filter through so your house isn’t left in darkness.
Unless they’re brand new, most properties will have a draught coming from somewhere which is why it often feels like regardless of how long you have the heating on, the house still always seems a bit chilly.
Draught excluders are so simple but so effective at keeping your house warm. As well as stopping draughts from coming in through doors, they can also be a stylish new addition to your home.
For some more clever ways to insulate your home better, British Gas have put together a list of 10 easy tricks to keep your house warm this winter. Follow the link to find out more: www.britishgas.co.uk/the-source/your-home/improving/winter-warm-home-tip
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