The nights are getting longer, the days are getting colder, and we’re hopefully going to see at least a little snow (but not too much) as Christmas approaches. A lot of us are looking at making sure that our home is ready to deal with the practical needs of winter, such as making sure our heating and insulation are working as expected. However, the winter can be a great time to update the style of the home as well, to both make it feel more festive and to make it feel like a much comfier place to weather the cold. As such, here are a few winter home makeover tips to consider.
Add a fresh coat to paint
Whether it’s to the indoors, to the facade of the home, or to the surrounding fencing, there is no better time to bring a new coat of paint to the home than in the winter. At the very least, there is no more inexpensive time to get it done. You tend to find the best deals on paint in the winter simply because fewer people are taking the task on, especially if you go straight to the paint manufacturers. Fewer people are painting when it’s colder, but it’s actually one of the best times to do it because of the fact that paint bonds and dries quicker when there’s less humidity in the air, as there often is in the winter.
Bring a little festivity to the exterior
If you’re like a lot of people, then you’re going to either be putting up all manner of holiday decorations before too long, or you might already have them up. However, don’t forget that you should introduce a little of that holiday cheer to the exterior of the home as well. Having lights in the windows and putting a wreath out on your front door can make your home look much more welcoming, warm, and in keeping with the holiday spirit. We can all use that extra bit of cheer this year, after all.
Keep your home warm and happy
It’s getting colder out there and it’s important to make sure your home is able to handle it. Aside from being a decorative choice like the tips mentioned above, plantation shutters also have a very practical purpose. They’re much better than other window treatments at helping to keep warmth inside the home. However, they’re not just effective for winter, either. They’re just as good at keeping the heat from coming inside in the summer, as well. So, now only can you update the facade of your home and give it some fresh new curb appeal, but you can rest more comfortable and maybe even save some money on your energy bills.
Add a touch of comfort to the floors
Soft furnishings go a long way in making any home feel a lot more comfortable and nowhere is this more apparent and welcome than when it comes to your floors. A threadbare carpet in the winter can be very uncomfortable on your feet indeed, while many people are going to actively avoid letting their feet touch a wood or vinyl floor first thing in the morning simply because of how cold it’s going to be. You can install a carpet to change up the entire room, or you can simply look at a few well-placed area rugs that can give just the touch of softness that you might need.
Bring in a bit more storage space
Have you been running out of space for all of your stuff lately? You’re not the only one and with the holidays coming, and all their potential for presents, you might be wondering where you’re going to be putting everything. Adding more storage space to the home is always a good investment, but it might be an even wiser one in the winter. However, if you don’t have the existing space to add space, it might be wise to convert some instead, such as by using bespoke fitted closets that can be fit into the odd and otherwise impractical spaces of the home or even by converting a whole smaller room of the home into a walk-in closet, so you can at least organise the space more effectively.
Bring a little more light
We’re all going to be seeing a little less natural light in the winter, thanks to the simple fact that the days are getting a lot shorter. For that reason, you want to maximise light in the home as best as possible. This can be done by addressing natural light issues, like making sure you’re using lighter window treatments, but you should also look at what light fixtures you can install. Learning about accent lighting and task lighting, you can make sure you’ve got the right balance of visibility and comfort without making the home too bright to the point that it looks a little sterile and overexposed. Either way, lighting can be especially important in the winter so it’s worth investing in.
Updating your hardware
Throughout the home, the little bits of hardware that you don’t often think about are ageing, wearing and tearing, and degrading the overall look of the home if they have been left in there for too long. Door handles, locksets, cabinet handles, even light switches and the like can all degrade, discolour, and otherwise lose their sheen over time and they do need to be replaced every once in a while. These are relatively inexpensive projects since this kind of hardware can be bought in bulk for cheap at most local hardware stores. It’s not a huge project that will change the look of the whole home, but it is a little bit of maintenance worth paying attention to.
If you feel it’s a little too cold to start redecorating the home, then that’s fair. Kick up your feet and have a mug of hot chocolate instead. However, if you’re aching to inject a little new style into your home, hopefully, the tips above can help.