Thursday, September 30, 2010

Winter time in the Bedroom

loft convo areaImage by champagne.chic via Flickr

It’s starting to get cold outside, and the strong winds that you can hear whistling past your window can already be felt inside the house. It’s time to check your central heating and make sure that your home is warm enough for the winter.
When you go to bed at night in the winter, there is nothing more comforting than hearing the rain and storm winds outside, but knowing that you are cozy and warm indoors. You want your bedroom to feel and look warm and comfortable as well, adding to this feeling.
So how do you set up your bedroom for the winter?
The first thing you need to do is look for drafts. Make sure that your windows still fit into their frames and close properly. Check the draft excluders on all doors and windows (also around the rest of your house) and replace any that have worn away. This is important not only in terms of keeping out annoying drafts but also to lower the costs of your heating bills as you will not have to turn up the heat unnecessarily.
Take a look at your heating options. Are your radiators working properly? Which kind of heating works best for you in your home? Depending on where you are in the world and the prices that are offered, you may find either gas, electricity, or the heat setting on your air conditioner the most economical. Which kind of heater do you want to put on in your bedroom? A lot depends on space, the size of your room, and if you use it for anything else other than sleeping.
It’s time to bring out your warmest bedding. Here, you could build up a winter color scheme. For example, you may want to put up thick winter curtains that not only facilitate your privacy but also keep out cold air and condensation from the windows. These could, for example, be burgundy or navy blue. You could then use matching bedspreads, blankets, or quilt covers on your bed. To complete the look, buy a matching  area rug made from a warm material. A wool Flokati rug would probably be the best kind, as it is soft and warm and would add a luxurious touch to a cozy winter evening.
Change the kind of bedding material that you use for something thicker and warmer than you were using in the summer. Depending on how cold you are, you can change light cottons for thick flannels.
It’s also time to go through your cupboards, putting away your summer clothing and bringing out your winter sweaters. You will need more room for hanging coats and jackets than you did in the summer.
You may want to change some of the pictures on the wall to fit in with wintry themes, such as snowy or alpine scenes. On the other hand, you may want to stick with summery views as they will warm you up when you come in from the cold and the rain outside.
You can change your home with the seasons, but hopefully you will always feel comfortable indoors, no matter how extreme the temperatures are outside.

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