How to Use Decor to Heat Up Your Freezing Apartment

  • 01 of 05

    Take the Chill Out

    sofa-scape cozy apartment

    It’s frigid with a capital "F" outside, and that poorly insulated apartment you live in is making you feel like a human popsicle.

    These surefire decorating ideas will take the chill out of your home without cranking the thermostat.

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  • 02 of 05

    A Fix for Frigid Floors

    Rugs for insulating cold floors in winter

    Got cold hard floors? A 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 something plusher with a much lower knot count.

    Affordable machine made rugs can also take the chill off frigid floors. Here are a few good to knows; high pile rugs typically...MORE feel warmer. However, if you're looking for something that's easy to clean, go with a flat weave.

    Tip: Cooking and baking will fill your home with delicious scents while providing additional warmth. 

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  • 03 of 05

    Warm Up Icy Walls

    Wall tapestries to warm up cold rooms
    Urban Outfitters / Tapestry by Magical Thinking

    If your apartment's walls are cold, then up to 33 percent of the heat you pay for is escaping.

    What's the dealio?

    Back in the day when home heating costs were cheap, insulation, which is important for regulating indoor temperature, wasn't a building code requirement. In fact, overheating apartments was once a standard winter practice due to heat loss from the lack of insulation.

    Wall tapestries are an easy decor fix that will warm up walls. The heavier the material, the better. A quilt...MORE will also work.

    Tip: A fabric feature wall will also warm up cold walls. It's an easy DIY that uses liquid starch to apply cloth. However, unlike traditional wallpaper, starched fabric is a cinch to remove, so it's a good project for both renters and commitment-phobes.

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  • 04 of 05

    A Cure for Drafty Windows


    If your windows feel drafty, energy efficient window treatment like thermal Roman shades, are a quick decor fix that can seriously reduce your heating costs. 

    What are they exactly? They're like quilts for your windows that block cold drafts.

    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...MORE efficient insulating material.

    The cool rustic curtain above was made using a wool military blanket. You can find bedding like this on Amazon for around $30 each.

    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.

    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 a the fan in the reverse direction, will push it back down.

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  • 05 of 05

    Create a Cozy Sofa Scape

    Cozy Sofa Scape

    Creating a snuggle-worthy sofa is a winter must. It's also an ingenious way to disguise a comfy couch that's an eyesore.

    The trick is to keep comfort top of 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 cushions and sections.