Nobody likes to pay inflated heating bills and in the colder months, if your home isn’t great at keeping the heat in, you can find yourself turning the heating up on a regular basis. A lot of people think that you can’t mix style with practical items that will keep your home warmer.
If you are looking for some ideas for keeping your home warm without compromising on your style, here are a few:
Interior doors – A lot of heat can be lost through your interior doors if you are sitting in one room and the door isn’t closed properly. If you are trying to heat your living room, make sure that you are not leaving the door open for the heat to escape around the house. Have you ever thought about having solid wooden doors from companies such as oakwooddoors.co.uk? Not only will they compliment the look and feel of a modern room, they are great at insulating and keeping the heat in the room. They are also great for reducing the noise of televisions etc. being heard in other parts of the house.
Curtains – Another way that heat can easily be lost is around windows. If you have large windows, or you can feel some cold air around your window frames, you are probably losing huge amounts of heat through your windows. By investing in some stylish, yet thick curtains you can massively reduce the rate of losing heat. You can buy all kinds of designs these days that won’t mean that you have to settle for boring, thick curtains. It is also important to get the measurements right as if you have a gap at the bottom of the curtains; you will be losing heat that way. If you have window sills, you can even tuck your curtains up onto the window sill when it is really cold to remove any gaps.
Rugs – Wooden floors look beautiful and it is hard to go back to having carpeted floors when wood looks so much nicer. However, wooden floors can make your room feel a whole lot colder, especially in winter months. A good balance between carpet and wood is to get a nice rug to both insulate the floor and add something extra to the look of the room. You can get a rug that goes well with your sofa/suite so it doesn’t look out of place in the room.
Real fire – A real wooden fire can look amazing in your home and can work out a lot cheaper than energy bills for your heating. It can also be very relaxing and therapeutic to watch a roaring fire after a hard day at work. It is even linked to lowering blood pressure!
Making your home more practical doesn’t have to mean that you have to be boring. There are lots of ways to make your home more energy efficient and give it a refreshed look at the same time.
Images from Highland Park Residence by Beth Dotolo