Winter is coming, and that means it's time to get your home into top shape in order to enjoy the cooler season.
Unfortunately, winter is coming, and that means cooler weather than we've become accustomed to over the past few months. On the bright side, however, the change in seasons gives you the perfect opportunity to renovate your home, whether it's by installing eco-friendly heating solutions or simply taking inspiration from a few clever decorating ideas. Find out how to dress your home for the season with these tips.
For those houses that require a little extra warmth in the cooler months, it's time to start thinking about some eco-friendly options that won't break the bank, or cost the Earth.
Start by looking at your fireplace. The traditional brick option may be a classic look. However according to EcoSeed it's not always energy efficient or environmentally friendly. When you burn wood in these kinds of fireplaces, soot is released into the air and can increase a person's risk of respiratory and lung problems if it's inhaled.
Look for alternatives like bio-ethanol varieties, which use ethyl alcohol derived from corn. Not only do most models look great, but they are easy to operate and the biodegradable fuel is kind to the planet.
Pallet heaters are another great option, burning a type of wood make from sawdust, bark, woodchips and agricultural waste. They have outstanding heating efficiency and high combustion rates, while producing minimal air pollution.
If you're more concerned with making your home look warmer than its actual temperature, you may want to focus on your decor.
While a cosy palette of autumnal golds, creams and browns always looks wonderful in a home, the decorating experts at Better Homes and Gardens recommended eschewing this in favour of a brighter theme that will help ease those winter blues.
Consider a neutral wall colour and pops of cheery colours like fuchsia, aqua and yellow to make the transition from summer to winter a bit easier.