Budget Friendly Accessories To Warm Your Family Room
Chase the Chill from Your Family Room This Winter, And For Less
Maybe you live in a cold climate or a drafty house. Or maybe you're just one of those cold-natured people who can never have too many sweaters. Whether you are looking for ways to beat your winter blues or to keep the heat in and the cold out, this lens will offer some ideas for insulating your family room without leaking too much green from your wallet.
1. THERMAL CURTAINS AND SPRING RODS
Windows are one of the easiest ways for cold air to invade your home. Curtains can be pricey, but they don’t have to break your bank. If you don’t already have rods in place, spring rods (also called tension rods) can be a less expensive and easy place to start. There is little or no assembly required, and they can pop back out of place as easily as they went up.
While custom-made drapes are nice, they are, of course, cost-prohibitive for some folks who don’t have their own sewing machine. Even if you are a seamstress, fabric can cost a pretty penny, too. Pre-made thermal curtains don’t have to cost a bundle, though, and can keep you feeling cozy. It might be tempting to order the size that just covers your window, but I recommend springing for the length that will cover from the top of the window all the way to floor. Since cold air sinks, you will prevent the air from just slipping right under a caf-length curtain and chilling the room anyway. The longer curtain will block the cold air more efficiently. Be aware when buying, however, that thermal curtains can also be blackout curtains. You may want to tie these back during the day in order to allow the sunshine to naturally warm the room.
Most of these are thermal. All are available in floor length, which I recommend for maximum cold air blockage. Take care to measure from the top of your window to the floor to find out exactly what length you will need (84 inch, 120 inch, etc).
2. SUN LAMPS
While sun lamps can be boring or utilitarian-looking, they can shine warmth and well-being into your environment. Strategically placed, it will do its work without announcing its purpose. A desktop is usually an out-of-the-way spot where a sun lamp will not look out of the ordinary. Some are designed as floor lamps, too, which can be tucked into a corner without disrupting the existing style of your family room.
Desk and Floor Lamps
3. THROWS AND PILLOWS
If you are looking for something more temporary, nothing is more portable than blankets and pillows. Yes, pillows work, too. They provide extra insulation between your body and the wall, even if they are behind your back. Particularly if you have a leather sofa, a fabric pillow will feel warmer to the touch and warm up with your body heat more quickly than the cold leather.
Choose winter fabrics like chamois, suede, or corduroy. Cotton or silky fabrics on your furnishings and pillows can feel cold when you first sit down. But a fuzzy fabric, like suede, will give you a warmer feeling right away.
Curl up under one of these soft throws, and you're sure to feel cozy. It's quite common for folks to have a throw blanket resting on the back of the sofa or chair for times when they want to kick back and watch a movie or snuggle.
White goes with just about everything.
4. SLIPCOVERS AND THROW COVERS
Peachskin, suede, chamois, cordoroy and similar fabrics are softer and warmer to the touch than smooth cottons, canvas, or damask. A slipcover on your favorite chair or sofa will be less likely to chill you when you sit down. It will act almost as another piece of clothing trapping your body heat and pushing it back against you, rather than sapping it from you and breathing it out as cotton will. Can’t find a slipcover in a color you like? Make your own throw cover with a large blanket or throw.
5. BRIGHT COLORS
If your room is feeling drab with white walls or neutral furniture, you can give the look and feel of more warmth with a little color. If painting the walls is out of the question or outside of your budget, consider using one or more of the items suggested above to splash some color into the room. Oranges, reds, and yellows are some of the best warm colors you can use. If you have a lot of brown in your family room, any of these three colors should work. If your decor has more light or medium blue, spice it up with orange or yellow. Happy house-warming!