Keep wintry temperatures at bay with these simple tips to ensure your bedroom stays warm and cosy without cranking up the heating.
Image: Brique Linen Marais throw, Loom & Last
It seems the UK has decided to skip autumn this year, and according to some reports, we'll see 'freezing temperatures' hit our shores in the next week! That, coupled with dark mornings, is enough to make anyone of us want to perpetually hibernate.
However, if your bedroom hasn't transitioned from summer to winter quite as quickly as the weather, you may be finding yourself facing the chills when you wake up in the morning. With this in mind, we've compiled our top, easy-to-implement tips to help keep your bedroom warm and cosy this season and ensure it remains the perfect hideaway from the sub-zero climes of the great outdoors.
1. Introduce layers
Changing your duvet covers isn't a necessity for autumn, as many common fabrics such as linen have great thermal properties that'll both keep your warm and stop you getting too hot at night. Adding extra layers of sheets, blankets and throws, however, gives you better control over your temperature. If the thermometer really takes a dive, you can throw over an layer and really up the cosy factor. If you really feel the cold, check out our guide to electric blankets, did you know they cost just pennies a night in electricity to run?
2. Up your duvet tog
Image: Penelope bedrooms
A duvet's tog rating refers to the volume of filling in it, and anything between a 10.5 to a 13.5 tog is perfect for a warm sleep in winter. Just remember, different fibre fillings will offer different thermal properties, so one 13.5 tog duvet may not be as warm as another. For help on getting the right tog for you, check out our winter duvet buying guide.
3. Cold-proof windows
Image: Thermal blind from Bloc Blinds
If your home has draughty windows, you could be in for some rude (and chilly) awakenings with the onset of the winter months. If new double, or even triple, glazing isn't in the budget right now, consider a thermal blinds for the bedroom that can be pulled down at night. The likes of this thermal blind, from Bloc Blinds, has been shown to reduce draughts in an average three bedroom house by as much as 43 per cent!
4. Add to your lighting scheme
Our biggest gripe with this time of year? Getting used to those dark mornings and first flicking on of the light in the morning. Daylight alarm clocks can help you to rouse naturally and adjust to light, as well as helping combat the winter blues. Yet, even just adding extra layers to your lighting scheme can help keep the room cosy. Extra table lamps and wall lamps are easy additions that are useful for both day and night.
5. Cocoon in colour
Image: Crown Paints
To fight that freezing cold state of mind, introducing colour into the bedroom is a great way to cosy up a space, whether that's a selection of on-trend rust-toned accessories or even a paint re-fresh. Something as simple as swapping a Brilliant White paint colour for a warmer toned neutral can be transformative to how a space feels. We're particularly loving the Oatmeal colour trend this season.
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