Winter is a dark, cold time, both literally and sometimes figuratively too. It’s pretty depressing to wake up when it’s dark and have dinner after sunset, too. Not to mention the lack of vitamin D which sends many of us into a winter depression which can be difficult to crawl out of. So when you’re stuck at home, you really don’t want to be chilly and miserable.
The ideal situation for a winter-hater is on a tropical beach, but second best is cozying up at home and essentially hibernating. But what if your house is not hibernation material? We’re here to help. There are some important elements to a super cozy bedroom, so if you’re missing some and are in the mood to get into hibernation-mode, here’s what you should do.
Pile on the warm fuzzies
This is pretty straightforward – coziness begins with lots of warm fuzzy materials. Thick socks, slippers, carpets, dressing gowns, throws, you name it. Whatever is covered in fuzz and is made in a thick warm material: you have to have it. This is not the time to be vain (although there are some very stylish warm materials you can choose), it’s time to wrap up and make sure you stay as warm and wrapped up as possible.
Many people keep some separate winter accessories to bring out during these cold and dark months, which is a good idea. Extra throws, carpets and a different set of curtains make all the difference. You can store these in the same place as your winter clothes so you can easily make the transition in spring and autumn.
Add glowing light
One of the hallmarks of a cozy space is candle-like lighting. You don’t really want candles everywhere though, especially with fuzzy carpets (fire hazard, anyone?), so how can you re-create the feel of a candle-lit hibernation haven without the wax and fire? Fairy lights are a super popular option – if you set them up properly and get quality ones. Bad quality ones won’t last, and if you’re installing them for the whole season you want them to last.
You can put them in jars, make them run along skirting boards, hang them from the ceiling, put them under your bed: there are a million possibilities, so it’s really down to your creativity to figure out where to put them! There are also some other adorable lighting options like Himalayan pink salt lamps that supposedly also purify your air as they warm up. Whatever you choose, place your lighting carefully and enjoy the warm glow.
Winter-proof your windows
Keeping warm is of crucial importance in your cozy bedroom. Often we get cold draughts from the outdoors coming through, and it’s not fun at all. Windows are the main culprit. Yes, they are lovely to look through, but they let in the cold. To counter this, you can winter-proof you windows by applying a temporary covering (though they aren’t always very aesthetically pleasing…)
On the other hand if your windows are in need of replacing, you’ll need to contact a professional for expert advice. To find the right one, use a site like www.getawindow.co.uk, because you don’t really want to choose the first company you come across. A window purchase is like a car or a house purchase – not to be taken lightly.
Crack out the smellies
During the winter months we tend to stop taking care of our home as much. It’s cold and you have little energy so what’s the point? It’s okay to let everything hang a little but it’s still important to look after your space and yourself. If nothing else, to feel good in your home and happy in general. This starts with smellies. And I don’t just mean the bath kind (though they are important).
Incense, candles (when used in a safe way, of course) and sweet smelling pot pourris can transform your underloved space into a paradise. The French like to pop little bags of dried herbs like lavender and chamomile in their clothes drawers – you can do the same but with decorative bowls in your bedroom. A nice-smelling place will make you feel good about yourself.