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A warm welcome in winter

PUBLISHED: 13:04 06 January 2015 | UPDATED: 13:04 06 January 2015

A dressed fireplace creates a warm focal point

A dressed fireplace creates a warm focal point

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It’s cold out there, but there are décor ideas that can warm our homes and hearts. Matthew Craker of Fine and Country estate agents in Brookmans Park 
suggests ways to make your property welcoming in winter

With the wind, rain, snow, early darkness and everything else a British winter throws at us, we all seek a sense of warmth in our homes. Whether it’s to show your property to a potential buyer, to welcome guests or simply for your own benefit, there are a number of ways to create that sense of cosiness that we all crave in the cold months.

Layers The easiest place to begin is in the bedroom. Start by bringing out your thick winter duvet and fleecy blankets and drape a fluffy robe over the end of the bed for a hotel feel. All round your home, roll out rugs to cover cool, bare floors and arrange some warm woollen throws on your sofa and armchairs. Slide draught protectors up to the doors and make a display of your fireplace – even if it’s not crackling away, just the idea of a fire generates a cosy ambience.

Throw a few pine cones on the grate as well, to give the room a subtle seasonal scent.

Décor There’s nothing that says you need to keep the same décor on your walls year-round. If you want to go all-out, consider textured wallpaper in rich shades or simply change your art. By simply arranging a few extra artworks and family photographs, you can give your walls a new look without much time or effort. 
Consider art pieces in warm colours like reds and gold. The same applies to soft furnishings.

Scent and light To add a warm glow your home quickly, try a wax melt in your diffuser or burn a series of candles. These can generate pleasant scents while the flicker of candlelight imbues any room with a snug atmosphere. Dim your lights, or switch on lamps to create pools of warmth, using your lighting scheme to maximum effect.

A spot of baking works wonders. The act of cooking will heat your kitchen and the smell of biscuits or cakes generates a warm, informal ambience to welcome family, guests or buyers.

Outside Seasonal décor on the outside of your home can also lend flair. Whether it’s a winter wreath on the front door or a planter of deeply-coloured blooms, additions such as these will give your home’s entranceway an inviting feel.

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