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Easy ways to make a home feel cosy

Looks like we're in for a cold winter, especially if Eskom plans to come through with the hinted-at power outages. Here are some tips on how to keep your home warm and cosy when it's cold outside.


Starting from the ground up, look for rugs that will not only warm up your home, but will also look good in the summer. Neutral tones, or bold splashes that work with other colours in the room will be the best choice.

Windows are one of the main culprits for cold rooms. Both steel and wooden window frames, and especially sliding or French doors, have plenty of gaps that let in cold draughts. Apart from weatherproofing windows - wrap your windows up in layers to keep out the cold. You can easily make up a Roman blind and then top this off with nice thick curtains - and you don't have to spend a fortune. Some of the woven materials at fabric stores are affordably priced and you can save a bundle by making your own curtains.

Summer whites don't have to be chilly in winter. With a few added accessories shades of white can be just as warming as any other colour. Combine warm whites with reds and browns for a spicy room setting for winter. Add layers with textured cushions and luxurious throws.

Sunny tones of yellow and orange add instant warmth to a chilly room. When you add these colours you instantly think of sunshine.





This warm living room scheme is given a contemporary edge with mauve, heather and vibrant orange accessories. All these colours tie in beautifully with the black accents of the fireplace and tables.

Layer up the level of warmth with soft accessories such as knitted cushions made from old sweaters and thick, woollen throws. Create a cosy spot to relax and read a good book or sit and watch your favourite TV programme. Shades of cream, deep lavender-grey and a splash of magenta are perfect for this cottage living room decorated in neutral colours.

Black and deep blue accessories are set against natural bases like the sofa and carpet in this cosy living room. Darker tones can be added or removed to add more or less drama. A large coffee table with drawers and a shelf is great for tucking away magazines. Statement lighting and a modern wood-burning stove complete the contemporary look.

We have previously featured on how adding red to a home instantly ups the heart rate and makes you feel warm and cosy, but ...