When cold weather hits, it can be hard to fight off those frigid winter chills. No matter how much hot chocolate or homemade beef stew one ingests, it just doesn’t seem to be enough to warm the spirit. Instead, try making the home cozier and more inviting; friends and family both will flock to the home to escape the freezing weather.
Adding Blankets and More Blankets
One of the most important tips is to add blankets, more blankets, and even more blankets! There should always be at least one blanket per family member in the main living area, plus one or two for potential guests. These are not the same blankets that the family sleeps with; these blankets are specifically for living room use, entertaining, or for guests who stay overnight. Another method for supplying blankets is to provide one blanket for each individual seat in the living room, including small corner chairs.
Placing Large Area Rugs
Large area rugs are great for keeping feet warm and away from cold floors, especially wooden floors. Arts and crafts style rugs are fun and funky, offering a splash of color and fun patterns. These are reminiscent of the beautiful quilts that many grandparents loved to make, as well. Try locating a large area rug that will span the length of the main seating. This will bring together the living room set nicely, while keeping all toes nice and warm!
Installing an Electric Fireplace
For homes that are not able to take advantage of a traditional wood burning fireplace, there are incredible, realistic electric fireplaces. These beautiful displays offer a realistic flame, and they put off heat, too! This extra heat is quite beneficial on the coldest nights, such as during blizzards or ice storms. It is also safer to use around small children than a true fireplace is, making it far more beneficial in special situations. Many electric fireplaces are styled as traditional fireplaces, offering mantles and storage space above the heater.
As a child, most people recall spending short winter days in their grandmothers’ homes. There, they always remembered feeling warm and cozy with a full belly, no matter how cold it was outdoors. Today, it’s possible few small changes that will bring back and recreate those fond memories that were once shared with the elders.