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The Right Decor Can Help Take the Chill Out
It's not always practical to add insulation to walls, floors, and ceilings in your home as a remedy to the cold. If you're an apartment dweller, this isn't possible at all, and if you're a homeowner, you may not have the budget or time during the frigid months when you are most in need of some added warmth.
But here are some sure-fired decorating ideas that can help take the chill out of your residence without cranking up the thermostat.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
02 of 05
Use Rugs on Frigid Floors
Got cold, hard floors? Ceramic and laminate floors can feel especially cold during the cold months. Adding any rug will provide some room-warming insulation. Even better, layering several will create a cozy and stylish barrier that will keep toes toasty.
If you have deep pockets, look for handmade rugs with a high knot count The higher the number, the denser the material, which is better for insulation than a plusher rug with a lower knot count.
Affordable machine-made rugs can also take the chill off frigid floors. High-pile rugs typically feel warmer, but if you're looking for something that's easy to clean, go with a flat weave.
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- Warming tip: Cooking and baking will fill your home with delicious scents while providing additional warmth from the oven. Winter is a great time to make baked goods to store away or give as gifts.
03 of 05
Hang Tapestries on Icy Walls
If your walls feel cold to the touch, then it means that up to 33 percent of the heat you pay for is escaping through conductive heat loss. Back in the days when home heating costs were cheap, good wall insulation, the best way to regulate energy transference, wasn't a building code requirement at all. In fact, overheating apartments was once a standard winter practice to overcome heat loss due to lack of wall insulation.
If you have inadequate wall insulation, wall tapestries are an easy decor fix that will warm up walls. The heavier the material, the better. A quilt will also work.
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- Warming tip: A fabric feature wall will also warm up cold walls. It's an easy DIY project that uses liquid starch to apply cloth to smooth walls. However, unlike traditional wallpaper, starched fabric is a cinch to remove, so it's a good project for renters.
04 of 05
Window Treatments to Cure Drafty Windows
If your windows feel drafty, an energy-efficient window treatment, such as thermal Roman shades, are a quick decor fix that can seriously reduce your heating costs. Thermal shades are like quilts for your windows, and they can block cold drafts from entering and keep warmth indoors. If you have sewing skills, you can purchase a Roman shade kit. Including the fabric, each window treatment will cost around $50 to make.
You can also warm up winter windows with DIY wool curtains. In case you're not in the know, wool is a highly efficient insulating material. The cool rustic curtain shown here was made using a wool military blanket. You can find bedding like this on Amazon for around $30.
If you prefer to buy, look for curtains that come with detachable thermal panels. Window treatments like these tend to provide better insulation. Walmart has an affordable selection that starts at $15 per panel.
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- Warming tip: You can warm up a room using a ceiling fan. Warm air has a habit of floating up to the ceiling, which can make a room feel chilly. Operating the fan in the reverse direction will push warm air back down into the room.
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Create a Sofa Den With Pillows and Throws
Creating a snuggle-worthy sofa is a winter must. It's also an ingenious way to disguise a comfy couch that's a bit of an eyesore.
The trick is to keep comfort at the top of your mind when picking pretty pillows and throws. Also, stick to fabrics that are machine washable for easy cleaning.
- Tip: So how do you make an ugly sofa more appealing? Cover it up. For a cozy bohemian look, wrap sheets, blankets, or throws in different patterns and textures around the cushions and sections of the couch