As the pandemic continues, we’ll all be spending lots of time inside this winter. So, why not make your home a little more cosy during this cold winter period? In this article, we’ll be sharing our top 5 favourite ways to make your home cosier.
Candle Lit Evenings
What could be better than the warm, cosy glow of a candle? A beautifully scented candle, of course. Scented candles and wax melts are a great way to make a house feel like a home. Pick up your favourite fragrance to help relieve stress and put you in a relaxed mood for the rest of the evening. You can find lovely smelling candles and wax melts in any homeware store and most supermarkets. From floral fragrances to summery citrus scents, the choice is yours.
Wax melts can be a cheaper alternative to candles, coming in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and scents. Just make sure you have a wax burner and some tealights to hand. Finally, always remember to take care while using candles and wax melts as they can pose a fire hazard.
Before you reach for that thermostat, try getting cosy with a blanket or two. Adding new blankets and throws to your furniture can also be a fun way to give a room a whole new look. We’d recommend adding a cosy throw blanket to your sofa or keeping several blankets to hand in a pretty basket.
You can choose to style the blankets however you’d like. Pick patterns and colours that match your existing furniture or inject a pop of contrasting colour to change up your decor. Of course, festive reds and greens are always popular at this time of year. You might save some money on the heating bill too!
If you love your Christmas lights, this idea might be the perfect way to make your home cosy all year round. Fairly lights are an affordable and simple way to give you that lovely, cosy feeling. There are lots of different kinds of fairy lights. Lots are battery-operated, which gives you the freedom to place them anywhere you’d like without having to worry about reaching the plug socket. On the other hand, mains-powered lights will last longer and probably cost less in the long run. The only question then is where to display them. Here are our suggestions
- Table display – arrange your fairy lights on a dining table or coffee table for a cosy, inviting centrepiece.
- Staircase – wind some fairy lights around the banister to light the way upstairs. Make sure they’re securely attached so they don’t become a trip hazard.
- Glass jars – if you don’t want to hang fairy lights on the walls, pop them into a glass jar and display them anywhere you like.
Delicious Hot Drinks
Did you know that the average Irish person drinks between 4 and 6 cups of tea every day? Hot drinks are a great way to feel cosy at home – here are a few ways to take your hot drinks up a notch and get that cosy feeling this winter.
- Treat yourself to a new mug or teapot
- Froth up the milk for your coffee to recreate a coffee shop experience at home.
- Make a tasty hot chocolate with your favourite toppings – whipped cream, marshmallows, you name it.
- Whip up a batch of eggnog for the ultimate festive drink. You’ll need eggs, sugar, milk, and cream (plus a glug of rum or bourbon for the grown-ups).
- Make some mulled wine to enjoy over Christmas.
Keep Jack Frost At Bay
As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, keep your cosy feeling alive by turning up the heat. We often feel reluctant to turn the heating on in winter due to the cost, but the cold can be a real health hazard, especially for older people. Whether it be your central heating or