As the nights start to inexorably draw in, and the summer seems but a distant memory, many of us will start to think of how best we can make our homes warm and cosy during the long winter months, whether that is by the installation of designer radiators, underfloor heating or more traditional methods.
Bringing warmth into your home is an essential component when creating the perfect retreat as the mercury drops. These days, there are plenty of options when it comes to stylish heating solutions. Do bear in mind, though, that if you live in a particularly old or listed home, you may need to think outside the box – head over to http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/18/how-to-make-old-homes-energy-efficient for more some great ideas.
An open fire makes a great focal point in any room, although admittedly they are not the most practical of heat sources. A great alternative is a wood-burning stove – these are a very efficient way to heat a room and are more desirable from a safety point of view too. A well-placed stove is a real style statement and adds instant character. And, if you time it right, you may be able to bring home a supply of free wood to burn, reducing your costs considerably. Check out http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/11322376/Wood-burning-stove-owners-its-time-to-forage-for-Christmas-tree-bases.html for more information.
Sleek and Chic
If you don’t want the bother associated with an open fire or stove, you could look at upgrading your radiators. These are now available in designs to suit every period of home and choice of décor and can make a real impact. From ultra-modern sleek radiators to the traditional Victorian variety, you are sure to be able to find the right radiator to suit your home and budget, so why not visit Apollo for an array of designer radiators?
Adding a pair of thick curtains is another great weapon in the fight against the winter chills. Choose a thick, fully lined pair for the best insulation and you will quickly notice the difference. Many people choose to hang curtains over blinds for the duration of the colder winter months, taking them down as it gets warmer. And finally, you could finish off the look with the addition of some soft knitted throws to snuggle under on the sofa.