How to make your rooms feel warmer

There’s nothing worse than a room that feels cold and unwelcoming. Luckily, there are some simple ways you can add warmth to any room in your home and create a cosy space you’ll simply love spending time in.

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Here are some tips.

Add layers

Soft furnishings add warmth and comfort to any room. Not only are they great to snuggle up with on a cold evening or lazy Sunday afternoon, but they also create the appearance of warmth. Depending on your colour scheme and aesthetic, you might want to pick a vibrant mix of clashing colours or complementary soothing tones. Pile up warm, soft throws with plump cushions, and add a traditional pouffe or two for added comfort. When throws aren’t in use, they look great neatly piled on a shelf or footstool or folded and draped across the back of a sofa.

Use different textures for the best effect; consider chunky knits and soft fleeces in complementary or matching colours. Cushions are also a great way to add instant warmth, with the added bonus that simply replacing your cushion covers can give your room a cheap and easy makeover.

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Use natural materials

Wood is the ultimate warm, natural material, and even adding a few pieces of wooden furniture in warm tones can instantly change the feel of a room. Wooden flooring is another great idea for rooms that feel cold. Engineered oak flooring from experienced suppliers such as http://www.woodfloorwarehouse.co.uk/engineered-flooring.html makes any space feel welcoming and warm. Opt for warm-toned woods with golden undertones to make the biggest difference. You can also add a soft rug if you want to create even more cosiness. Good Housekeeping has some tips on how to choose the right one.

Use soft lighting

A single overhead bulb is never going to work in any room; it doesn’t provide adequate light for reading or other detailed tasks, and it leave corners dark and dingy. Instead, opt for a handful of lamps placed around the room. You don’t need one in every corner, but you’ll need at least two or three in even a small room to get the best effect. Choose soft light bulbs that provide diffused lighting and create a cosy glow. Fairy lights add instant warmth and cosiness and can be strung around windows, across fireplaces or around mirrors.