Winter Nesting with a Wall Fireplace Heater
and Other Decorative Ideas

nestingWinter is the season for nesting, staying indoors andcreating a cozy living space to enjoy the holidays. It's a time for getting together and spending time with family. 

A great way to stay warm and take pleasure in the season is to transform your home and update indoor decor.

Change everything from spring and summer to fall and winter. Let the inside of your home reflect the outside. Not only is it fun and uplifting but it can be inexpensive. Below are 5 ways to update the interior of your home and create an atmosphere that's enriching.

1 ~ Window Treatments

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Update your living room, bedroom, family room, and kitchen with window treatments. Use shades, blinds, or curtains to add interest to the room and keep the cold out. Since windows typically absorb the cold, it's a great idea to cover them and keep the cold outdoor air from seeping in through the panes.

If you're using drapes, choose a window covering that's lined. And consider a darker, richer color, something that has a tendency to absorb heat.

Honeycomb blinds act as insulators because colder air is captured in the middle. Wood blinds add warmth and elegant sophistication to the room while blocking drafts and trapping heat inside.

Another option to consider is solar screens. This useful investment captures warmth and light and reduces heat transfer through windows.Another popular option is window tinting. This is a year round option that keeps indoor areas cool in the summer and warm in the winter. These items are relatively inexpensive and are a beneficial investment.

2 ~ Floor Rugs

Adding floor rugs to rooms is a great way to absorb the cold too. If you don't have carpeting, add a nice rug to the room. It's a great way to stop the cold from permeating the floor. When you get up in the morning the floor will be warmer, effectively absorbing the cold air the floor tends to conduct.

Floor rugs have a way of adding interest to the room by framing furnishings and setting a stage for gatherings and parties.

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Rugs are easy to clean and maintain too. Unlike carpeting, rugs can be cleaned on a regular basis, making it easier to keep your home freeof allergy causing dust mites etc.

3 ~ Accessories

Accessorize your home with pillows and throw blankets. Hang tapestries and other decorative items on the wall. These accessories tend to absorb the cold too, and they add interest to the room. Nothing looks better on a cozy reading chair than a throw blanket. Cuddle up under it and read a good book.

Update bedding with flannel sheets and a heavier comforter.You can have fun with bedding by choosing themed flannel sheets too. Many retailers offer Christmas sheet sets to make your home a little more festive.This is a great choice for children looking forward to the season. Pillows add comfort and soften the look of furniture and bedding too. If you like crafting, make your own pillows, quilts or blankets. These are things you can pass down to family and enjoy for years to come.

4 ~ Space Heaters

Introduce a space heater to the room. Add a wall fireplace in areas where floor space is limited and add a floor or tabletop space heater to areas where you have the room. Space heaters go a long way to creating warmth in an inexpensive way.

Wall fireplace heaters are usually electric or gel fueled. Either way, there are no emissions and they are easy to setup. There's no venting required. Simply hang it up and turn it on. This heater adds visual interest to any room in the house and can keep you feeling warm and cozy.

Other space heaters come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are oil filled while others are ceramic. Oil filled heaters maintain heat longer than ceramic; however, ceramic heaters are better at spreading warmth around the room. All are effective and low in wattage so they cost very little to run. They're portable too so you can move it from room to room and enjoy heating where you need it most.

5 ~ Update Paint and Flooring

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Did you know that the color you paint your home indoors and out has an impact on how cold or warm the interior is? We all know that darker colors absorb heat and the lighter colors don't. Introduce some new colors.Choose some warmer shades to not only add decorative impact to your home but to keep the space warmer too.

Choose fall and winter colors like brown, gold, olive green, a smoky violet. Indigo blue, orange and gray are also ideal options for winterizing your home.

Find a new shade to compliment your furnishings. Also if you have tile flooring consider switching to wood. Did you know that wood flooring is better at retaining heat than tile? Tile floor can't capture warmth but instead tends to bear the cold. Updating your flooring is a great way to obtain a better home appraisal and benefit from better efficiency too.

If your plan is to use tile instead of wood, then it's even more imperative to invest in floor rugs. Because tile flooring tends to hold the cold floor rugs will go a long way to keeping you and your family warm.

Apply these tips to your winter agenda and enjoy a fresh living space and maximum warmth.

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