Sunday, November 24, 2013

Transforming Your Home into a Winter Wonderland

Image from Homes and Gardens

Christmas is just around the corner, so you’ve probably started thinking about the way you’ll decorate your home. But instead of just getting out your dingy tinsel and sporadically flashing lights, why not invest a little this Christmas and turn your home into a winter wonderland.

Swap Soft Furnishings
Swapping your soft furnishings out for rich, jewel tones and luxurious textures and warm fabrics will instantly make your home feel more festive. Changing your curtains to something heavier will keep the heat in and the cold out, as well as preventing drafts. Thermal curtains will work even better for this, making them perfect for winter. Swap out your lighter rug for something with a longer pile, and make your home feel warm underfoot too.

The Fire is So Delightful
Another way to transform your home into a lovely cosy Christmas grotto is to install a fireplace and a roaring fire. There’s nothing Christmassier than getting in from the cold and getting warm by the fire. Fireplace Products have a range of different styles and types of fires ranging from gas powered to electric and even wood burning ones for the traditionalists. It’s a big investment that you won’t be able to swap out when summer rolls around, but it can make those dark and cold winter nights so much better.

Christmas Decorations
The key to good Christmas decorations is to not go overboard with tacky decorations bought from the pound store, or wherever. You can make much nicer ones yourself, and it’s a great way to get kids involved too. There are a plethora of different Christmas decoration ideas gathered here at House to Home for you to take a look at. One great idea that always works well is using old baubles that you don’t want to use on the tree any more but equally don’t want to throw away, simply pop similarly coloured ones into a glass vase and you have an instantly pretty decoration that can be used anywhere.

Glimmering Lights
Everything looks better with the twinkling of lights, the Christmas tree, the mantelpiece, the doorway. You can buy both indoor and outdoor lights, but remember that outdoor lights can be a pain to get up and down again. Drape them around anything you fancy and watch as their sparkliness makes everything feel cosier and more festive. Candles are another way to add flickering lights, and a Yule scented candle will add to the sensory experience of your wonderland.
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