If you would like to create the best Christmas ever for yourself and your loved ones, it might be time to ask yourself how comfortable your home really is. Is it serving its purpose, or does it give you that sense of safety and togetherness that you are looking for? While you might think that time is running out, and you simply cannot start big projects and finish them before the festivities, you can still make some adjustments that will make your house feel warmer and more comfortable for many years to come, but definitely during the Christmas period. Find some suggestions below.
Improve the Lighting
One of the things you will have to think about is the lighting. Simply changing your sidelights and your ceiling fixtures will make a huge difference. However, if you have not done yet, you can also think about mood lighting in the living room and the bathroom, so you can spend a few relaxing hours in your home, making sure that you are in the right mood for Christmas and entertaining friends.
The floor we walk on has a lot to do with how we are connected with the world and how grounded we are. Get rid of those stained and old carpets and get new ones installed before Christmas. It only takes a professional a couple of hours to complete the job, and you will feel the difference immediately, especially if you take care of the old floor boards and get a luxury underlay installed at the same time. If you opt for hard flooring, you might even add underfloor hetaing, provided you have time and money to do so.
If you simply don’t want to start anything big, you can spruce up the look of your living room with some stylish area rugs. They will help you create a great contrast and a focal point in your room, and keep your floors and your feet warm at the same time. Change the sideboards and the coffee table to match the area rug, and you will be ready to show off your home to your friends and family members during the holiday season.
It is a good idea to improve the insulation of your home. If you haven’t had your floor, your loft, and your external walls insulated yet, it might be the perfect time to get it done. When you are replacing your flooring, you can get some insulation foam sheets under the laminate or real wood. This will reduce the temperature difference between your upstairs and downstairs areas, and save you money on your heating.
Windows and Doors
We all spend more time at home during the Christmas and New Year period, and this is the time when it is generally colder outside. It is not too late to order and get your windows replacement completed, so you can keep the heat in and save money on your heating during the winter. You will immediately feel the difference, especially if you are replacing single pane units.
If you want to add style and comfort to your home, and make it more cosy, you might want to start with the soft furnishing. Focus on the carpet and get matching curtains. It is always good to consider the colours and shades of your sofa as well as your walls as a starting point, so you can match the style, create contrast, and make your home feel more stylish. If you are installing new curtains, get some thermal ones that will help you keep the heat inside.
There is simply nothing nicer than sitting by the fireplace and reflecting on your day. If you don’t have one, or yours is outdated, not functioning well, you can visit your local home store and find one that fits your existing mantelpiece, so you don’t have to start the holiday preparations with creating a huge mess. Whether you are opting for an electric one or a gas, you will have to consider the running cost.
If you have kids or pets, you might already know how hard it is to keep your home smelling good. However, many people don’t consider the other aspect of bad odors; pollution and toxic materials that can make you feel unwell. While you might be opening the windows every morning and at night, you will have to find a way to filter out the bad odors as well as the indoor air pollution.
To get the temperature right every time in your home, you might want to invest in a smart thermostat that allows you to control the temperature in each room individually, even remotely from your home. You can measure how much energy your home is using, and how your home is performing when it comes to efficiency. Avoid placing the thermostat close to the door or the window, and set up timers that you can control on your phone, so you can avoid heating an empty home.
New Throws and Cushions
Once you have the carpets and the curtains sorted, it might be time to invest in some more soft furnishing. A drape will dress your windows and turn your living room into a luxurious space. However, – as you are likely to spend more time on the sofa – you will need to make your seats comfortable. Get some foot stools that will hide your throws, and invest some soft quality knitted blankets you can wrap yourself in during cold nights. Get festive cushion covers to embrace the holiday spirit in your home.
There are simply so many things we have to do before we are ready for Christmas. While you might not want to start a full home renovation just now, there are several small adjustments that will make your house feel like a cosy home. Focus on warm colours, insulation, and soft furnishing, and you will enjoy spending some quality time at home this holiday season.