Studio Wee House: classic Living room by The Wee House Company

Have a cosy home without hurting your bank balance

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Hot chocolate, big jumpers and Christmas! Winter brings with it a lot of lovely things to look forward to, but before we can all get carried away with rose-tinted festivities we need to think about how we can make our homes a little cosier. 

There's a natural propensity for us all to simply flick the thermostat on and let the central heating do all the work but any heating professional will tell you this will result in huge bills and a serious dent in your bank balance.

To avoid that, we've come up with some fast, easy and cheap ways to make every room in your home—from your bedroom to your lounge—more winter-ready, so snuggle up and read on!

1. Start simple by lighting the fire if you have one!

2. Keep a spare duvet on standby for evening snuggling

A Converted Warehouse in East London : industrial Dining room by Heart Home magazine
Heart Home magazine

A Converted Warehouse in East London

Heart Home magazine

3. Add comfortable seating to the bedroom and keep that room warm whilst the others are cooler

Adding those finishing touches to your home...: modern Bedroom by Graeme Fuller Design Ltd
Graeme Fuller Design Ltd

Adding those finishing touches to your home…

Graeme Fuller Design Ltd

4. Put a throw blanket on your bed

5. And extra pillows while you're at it!

Menora Residence: modern Bedroom by Moda Interiors
Moda Interiors

Menora Residence

Moda Interiors

6. Come to think of it, add cushions and throws to your sofa as well so you can turn down the heating in every room

Richmond - Living Room: modern Living room by Roselind Wilson Design
Roselind Wilson Design

Richmond—Living Room

Roselind Wilson Design

7. It might sound silly, but embrace a little tartan for a cosy feel

8. Add soft rugs where you have cold or wood flooring

Albert Mill Apartments in Manchester: modern Living room by Studio Maurice Shapero
Studio Maurice Shapero

Albert Mill Apartments in Manchester

Studio Maurice Shapero

9. Try darker walls for a more enclosed feel

Lake View-Cairo: modern Living room by THE Studio
THE Studio

Lake View-Cairo

THE Studio

10. Embrace fluffy accessories that look warm and snug

 Artwork by studio {hammel}
studio {hammel}

fluffy wall hanging

studio {hammel}

11. Hang light garlands for a softer lighting look

12. Store logs indoors to avoid going outside (plus, they look great!)

Rose Room Interior Design: classic Living room by Caxton Rhode
Caxton Rhode

Rose Room Interior Design

Caxton Rhode

13. Get your heavy winter curtains out of storage

14. Add corner floor cushions for extra comfy seating

Floor cushions:  Bedroom by bluebellgray
bluebellgray

Floor cushions

bluebellgray

15. Swap out your table lamp bulbs for warm glow versions

 Living room by homify
homify

Table Lamp with Lattice

homify

We're feeling cosier already, aren't you? For more winter home advice, take a look at this Ideabook: Get Your Home Winter-Ready Right Now (And Feel Smug).

Are you looking forward to getting cosy this winter?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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