Get ready for the first cold snap of the year

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It has been reported that this week, Britain will experience the first signs of winter with a cold snap due to hit over the next few days. With the price of electricity and gas on the rise it’s essential that the home is kitted out with some warm and cosy essentials to ensure a toasty temperature throughout the coming chilly months. Dunelm, the homewares specialists, suggest five great tips to keep your home comfy, warm and cosy whilst simultaneously adding a touch of style.

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Draughty windows are often the main culprit when it comes to cold draughts entering the home.

1.    Opt for Thermal Curtains

Draughty windows are often the main culprit when it comes to cold draughts entering the home. During the summer months, a pair of unlined curtains will often suffice and are frequently used more as a decorative piece than a practical item. However, when winter arrives, the addition of some thermal lining might be required to enhance the qualities of the existing curtains. Alternatively, a thickly lined pair of blackout curtains such as these can also make all the difference to the temperature of the home. Dunelm has a fantastic range of curtains with a wide variety of blackout linings, these window dressings are distinguished by the extra layer of thermal coated material which will provide the maximum level of insulation and warmth for the home on those cold dark evenings.

2.    Hot Chocolate All Round!

There’s nothing quite like snuggling up under the duvet with the kids, sipping a lovely cup of hot chocolate and watching a classic festive film. Adults and children alike love a hot cup of chocolate as a lovely sugary treat, especially on the run up to Christmas when chocolaty delicacies are in abundance. Why not perfect the cosy setting by investing in a lovely thick 13.5 tog duvet to ensure that no pesky draughts sneak in under the covers!

3.    Create a Relaxing Atmosphere with Candles

There is nothing quite as relaxing as being curled up on the sofa, reading a good book by candle light. The light that is emitted from candles is soft and calming, whilst the heat generated from a selection of candles placed around the room can really help to increase the warmth felt in your home. Opt for a collection of candles contained in a sturdy holder to reduce the risk of them being accidentally toppled over.

4.    Wrap up under a Cosy Blanket

Those cold winter nights often lead to a great need to conserve our energy and hibernate on the sofa in front of the latest scandalous soap opera. No evening on the settee would be complete without a large soft and cosy blanket. Blankets aren’t just a great way to keep warm, they can also add to the look and feel of your room, when they’re not in use they can be spread over the bed or sofa to create a stylish focal point to any room. If those cold evenings are just proving too much, why not purchase the ultimate warm and cosy bedding addition with a thick mattress enhancer, perfect for making those cold winter evenings that little bit more bearable!

5.    Invest in a Thick Shaggy Rug

Whether the living room floor is cold and wooden or adorned with a thin layer of carpet, the addition of a luxurious thick rug will transform the look and feel of the room. Not only will it ensure that the floors feel warmer they will also add a splash of colour and texture to the home, the perfect way to make your house feel cosy and warm this winter.

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