DIY: Warm Your Home Up This Winter

do it yourself (diy) tips

Moving into a new home during the winter can be difficult. Maybe you are moving to Connecticut from somewhere much warmer, and this is your first New England winter. Or maybe you are already an experienced New Englander, but struggling to make your new home warm and inviting for the winter. Here are a few do it yourself tips to help you create a cozy place to share with your loved ones this winter:

1. Reading nook.

There is something warm and inviting about tiny spaces brimming with light and a comfortable seat to cozy up with a good book. Create a spot where you can curl up with a good read while the snow is flurrying by outside your windows. A corner by the fireplace, a niche under the stairs, or a bright window seat are all fabulous choices for a winter reading nook. A cozy reading nook will keep you from wasting the winter away on the couch in front of the TV!

2. Family game spot.

Another alternative to binge-watching ten seasons of your favorite TV show over the winter is a lot of family game time. Even the most reluctant kids are sure to have fun engaging in a family game if you make a great spot dedicated to this purpose. Get all those board games out of the dusty depths of whatever closet they are in and bring them out into the light. Store these games and other project materials in open shelving in a common area of the house, and add a small table where everyone can sit and enjoy some family fun.

3. Brighten up.

Nothing warms a home better than light. It has to be the right kind of light, of course-no harsh fluorescent bulbs that make your home feel like a supermarket. Keep plenty of floor and table lamps handy, and add three-way bulbs to control the amount of light. Dimmers come in handy for recessed lighting, and white twinkle lights are a great addition all winter (not just during Christmas!). Adding white twinkle lights to bedrooms around windows or behind sheer white curtains gives the room a soft, magical glow.

4. Warmth of the fire.

If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace in your new home (which are fairly common in CT), light it up. Take advantage of this beautiful spot to build your own warm, roaring fire on a cold winter day. Decorate your fireplace mantle with your favorite photos and mementos, and relax while you enjoy the warmth and crackle of the fire. If your fireplace is located in a large open area, bring a candle-lit table in for a special winter dinner.

5. Pile on the blankets (and rugs!).

Cover the backs of chairs and sofas with soft, snug blankets – they warm up the decor in the room plus they come in handy when you need to warm up yourself. Cover cold tile and wood floors with area rugs-your feet will thank you, and your home will feel much cozier.

Please feel free to contact us for more ways to warm up your new home this winter!

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