Let's face it, it's going to be chilly from now until March. Winter-proofing your home and snuggling up for the foreseeable seems like a no-brainer to us. Why go out in the cold when you can be tucked up at home? It's starting to get dark at 6pm anyway.
Whether you're already well-versed in hygge and colsie or desperately need to update your cosy collection, you can keep the chill at bay with some of our top picks. We've rounded up our favourite cosy essentials, including soft-to-the-touch throws and thickly textured cushions, so you can hibernate in style.
Nothing sends a chill through your body quite like walking across an icy cold floor. Tile, wood, stone – all equally as chilly when the temperature dips. The quick and easy solution comes in the form of rugs. Thick or thin, all rugs are a cosy barrier against the cold and can add visual depth to any room.
The best places to put rugs are those where you either linger (the living room, for example), rooms without carpet, and places where you might not be wearing socks, such as next to your bed. Opt for sheepskin (or faux sheepskin) for a luxurious look and feel, and durable materials such as wool and jute for high-traffic areas of the home.
Repeat after us: there is no such thing as too many blankets. Sofa throws, quilts and knitted blankets are all crucial barriers to the cold, trapping heat and keeping us comfortable.
We recommend having an ample supply of blankets on hand, especially in rooms where you're sedentary for large portions of time – the bedroom, living room, and now that many of us work from home, at your desk, too.
Electric blankets are also a great option if you're trying to minimise turning on your heating this winter. Heating yourself is often cheaper than heating your home (learn more about the costs and benefits with our guide to the best electric blankets).
As our guide to cosycore will tell you, layering soft furnishings – especially richly-textured ones like fleece, wool, boucle and faux fur – is key to creating a thoroughly hibernation-worthy interior.
Not only will mixing and matching textures keep you warm, but they'll also add visual depth to your space, creating a snug and inviting environment – extra important in rooms you'll be spending a lot of time in during winter.
This approach isn't limited to blankets and cushions, either. Choose thick rugs, textured footstools or pouffes, as well as extra additions such as velvet or wool curtains and upholstered headboards.
Cosy homeware, such as blankets, are all well and good, but it's the finishing touches that'll keep you extra toasty. Invest in a good hot water bottle (with a cuddle-worthy cover), ultra-soft slippers, a big mug for hot drinks, plus a soft extra layer of clothing, then you'll be truly warmed up.
To create a sense of cosy ambience, turn off your main ceiling light and opt for lamps and candles instead. If you have access to a log burner or fire, even better – heating and an inviting glow all in one go.
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