As the cold weather arrives, your thoughts might turn to all your favourite getaways where hot tubs, spa treatments, and the like await. Unfortunately, the pandemic has us all skipping those excursions in favour of staying home and staying safe. With that, it’s clear that you must do what it takes to transform your home into a cozy place to ride out the winter season. Although it might feel overwhelming, you likely only have to make a few changes to turn your home into somewhere you want to kick back and relax until spring. Here’s a few ideas to help you get started.
Let Shag Rugs Lead the Way
Shag carpets are back and better than ever, especially since they’re now available as easy-to-clean area rugs in all shapes and sizes. For the biggest impact, get yours in warm jewel tones that add a pop of colour and texture to the room. That way, they’ll not only feel amazing underfoot, but also make the space look warm and inviting at first glance.
Go All Out with Plush Seating
As you follow the shag rugs into your living room or other chill zone, they should lead you to plush seating that allows you to pop down and sink in at your leisure. There’s perhaps nothing better than an overstuffed couch when you want to settle down for the evening with a good book, soft blanket, and cup of tea, cocoa, or wine.
Carve Out Relaxation Nooks
Beyond your main seating area, it’s nice to have relaxation nooks at various points in your home for when you want to slink away for some quiet time. A window seat works well, but if you don’t have that, think about setting up a swing chair, hanging a luxe canopy from the ceiling, or just building a nest of pillows in the corner. Add all your favourite books or perhaps a tablet with a few fun apps and you’re good to go.
Set the Tone with Dancing Flames
Watching the flames dancing in the fireplace is a great way to clear your mind and let the stress melt away. If you don’t have a built-in fireplace, you can still set the tone with dancing flames by getting a freestanding unit. Barring that, you can go with a ventless tabletop firepit that sits right on the tabletop. Not only will that firepit look beautiful and alter the ambiance in the room, but it could also provide a bit of light during a power outage.
Fill the Air with Sensuous Scents
The way your home smells matters just as much as it looks and feels, so don’t forget to fill the air with delightful scents using:
- Scented candles
- Oil diffuser
If you really want to go all out, you could even bake up a batch of cookies to fill the air with the scent of vanilla, sugar, and chocolate.
Adjust Your Lighting to Match the Mood
While completing all your daily tasks, bright, cool lighting helps give you a clear view and keeps you feeling energized. But when it comes time to curl up on the couch and relax, you want low-key lighting on the warm end of the spectrum. To make that happen, just set up a few dimmable lamps on the end tables. As you settle down for the evening, you can switch off the cool overhead lights and turn on your lamps to instantly change gears.
Find Ways to Bring Everyone Together
One of the best ways to amp up the warmth of your home is by bringing your family together. Think of what everyone in your household likes to set up a space that speaks to you all. Bring out the board games, video games, or playing cards, for example, or set up a movie, soda, and popcorn station. Beyond that, make sure everyone has a comfy blanket to cuddle up in and a spot all their own for lounging around at their leisure.
By taking all these steps, you can transform your home into a cozy place to wait out the cold season. While you work, don’t forget to take a moment to reflect on how you can give back to your home with protective insurance coverage. Give us a call if it’s been a while since you’ve reviewed your policy or it’s time for renewal. We will help you dial in your coverage to ensure your home has the ideal level of protection.