The one thing that is positive about winter isn’t that it is cold, it’s that the décor for keeping your home warm isn’t always the prettiest! Chunky draught excluders, bulky radiator covers and heavy, thick curtains are usually some of the additions you’ll see around a home getting ready for the colder weather. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way at all!

Sitting in front of a fireplace with cosy socks on and a mug of marshmallow-laden hot chocolate is a lovely image, but behind the scenes is a steep energy bill and some of the least stylish equipment possible for keeping the home warm. With a few adjustments and some clever design ideas, you can keep your home stylish for the colder season and keep your energy bill low!

Insulation is a big factor when it comes to keeping the home warm and almost a quarter of the heat in your home escapes through the roof! Thin windows, hidden cracks low or high where you can’t see them and a roof with missing tiles that is not insulated are all the reasons for a home that is chillier than the norm. You don’t have to worry though, as there are ways around these issues. You can buy carpet like this, which is thin but perfect for loft insulation. You can also follow tutorials like this so your draught excluders fit the season. Unleash a little creativity and you can stay toasty and stylish.

Draughty windows are a big deal in a cold house, and here you will find some really stylish fabrics to make your curtains look gorgeous while keeping those draughts out. Thicker curtains to keep the heat out need to be floor length if possible, or at least to the bottom of the window ledge. Leave them open during the sunnier days – even though it’s cool out – as the natural light and heat will do your home some good.

Dressing your floors is so important. Parquet, laminate and wooden flooring may look stylish through the year, but those floors tend to get pretty chilly in the early morning and late evening in winter. Use hall runners and wool rugs in the main rooms to keep those toes a lot less frozen and give the home a little more heat. Sheepskin is so in right now, so rugs like this are perfect for the cold months.

You may not have a fireplace in your home but that doesn’t mean you have to be without a fire. Fake fireplaces such as these are a fab way to add some heat, style and a focal point to the living room. Plus, you get to sit and stare into the flames while you sip that cocoa and storms rage outside! However if you don’t have the space for a fireplace what about a designer radiator? Something a little bit different to the normal white ones you see in most houses.

You don’t have to be behind the times with your décor. With a little tweak here and there, you can have a winter that works your personal style while keeping you warm!

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