The fall season is always a bittersweet reminder that winter is right around the corner. Whether you’re entertaining the entire family during the upcoming holidays, or if you’re just planning to hibernate all winter long, it’s important to get your home or apartment ready for the cold weather. But staying warm should never mean sacrificing style. Follow our guide for a stylish winterization of your home or apartment.
Image via MCM Daily
Upgrade your Bedding
When the temperature drops below freezing, you’re going to want warm bedding so you have the option to spend the day in bed. Swap out those linen sheets for cotton or flannel sheets, and add a luscious duvet or a thick comforter. Extra pillows and a warm cup of cider don’t hurt either.
For further inspiration, check out Decor Aid’s bedding guide.
Image via Parachute
Window insulation is one of the easiest ways to keep your home or apartment warm, and a set of heavier curtains can help keep that frigid cold air where it belongs. Use solid, neutral schemes for a season-appropriate option.
Image via Pinterest
Add Blankets to the Living Room
And if you do decide to get out of bed, make sure that you don’t have to drag your duvet or comforter into the living room to stay warm. Adding thick throw blankets to your couch or favorite chair will certainly dispel any notion of going out into those arctic temperatures.
If you’re looking for a bold, vivid pattern to spice up your winter, check out Decor Aid’s guide to geometric throw blankets.
Image via Craft Hubs
Have your Chimney Swept
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in the home, you should have your chimney swept annually. Get it done sooner rather than later, so you can curl up next to the fire during that first snow day.
Image via Modus Fireplace
Put your Ceiling Fan in Reverse
Ceiling fans are a great way to keep air flowing in the warmer months, but they can also keep a room warm during the winter. If your ceiling fan has a reverse function, turn it on to recirculate rising warm air.
And if you’re looking for a new ceiling fan, check out Decor Aid’s guide to modern, stylish ceiling fans.
Seal Doors and Windows
It sounds obvious, but plugging up any gaps or spaces can make a huge difference in the war on cold. Use caulk or weather stripping—in either black or white—to plug up any gaps or spaces around windows and doors. This is a great DIY project for exploring your inner handyman, or a great time to pick up the phone and call a real handyman.
Image via Apartment Therapy
Add an Area Rug
Older wooden floors can add a delicate rustic touch to any modern home or apartment. But if you’re hearing creeks in the floorboards, chances are that cold air is coming in through these spaces, while precious warm air is escaping. To help insulate your floors, add a large area rug, preferably one with a high pile.
Image via Hire Rush