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As the seasons change and summer is well and truly over, it's time to look forward to seeing what autumn and winter bring. This time of year is always full of events and parties with Halloween, Bonfire Night and, of course, Christmas. But the weather often doesn't play nice and there is nothing better than curling up in your warm house on an evening instead.
However, it also means your energy bills go up, but the budget doesn't quite stretch to having the heating on 24/7. A lot of people also love to inject a bit of each season into their home but a complete redecoration of the whole house four times a year is just not possible.
So, how do you get your bedroom ready for winter?
We've put together some budget-friendly tips for your bedroom to ensure that it is warm, cosy and ready. The bedroom is the place where you spend most time relaxing, and is also the easiest room to overhaul on a budget with a variety of textiles that will suit any style of home and any taste.
Here are our favourite ways to get your bedroom winter ready...
As the start of term approaches once again, students across the country are looking forward to getting back to the city, moving back in with their friends, and putting their mark on their new accommodation.
Whether you've just got your A-level results and are nervously awaiting turning up to your student halls, hoping you'll actually get on with the five random house mates you've been given, or you're about to get stuck into third year and need somewhere to lock yourself away for hours to write the dreaded dissertation, we have some bedroom tips for you.
We've put together a list of ten items that will give you everything you need to make your private space perfect...
The vintage interior trend has been popular for some time now, and it doesn't look to be going away anytime soon.
As your bedroom is the one room that is yours to relax, keeping it organised and decorated in your favourite style is important. There is nothing worse than getting home after a long day at work to be greeted by a room with clothes all over your floor, an unmade bed covered in junk and a décor that you hate.
The vintage style works for anyone; it isn't too pink and girly, it suits all age ranges, and it can be a timeless décor that will last for years.
At this time of year, home owners are on the lookout for ways to give their homes a new lease of life. As it’s just after Christmas, money can be pretty tight, so we thought we’d share a guide with you on how you can freshen up your home on a budget.
Start off by giving your home a deep cleanse
You’d be surprised at how different your home looks when clean and tidy – remove any unnecessary objects from surfaces and organise your possessions by popping them in cupboards and out of sight. Throw out the things in your home you’re not going to need to create space.
Freshen up your walls
If your walls are looking tired, giving them a lick of paint with help to freshen them up. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not opt for a bright colour to add a vibrant touch to your home? If you’re not feeling brave enough to go the whole hog, why not try just painting one wall to create a feature? Don’t be afraid to try something new in 2014.
Want to spruce up your furniture on a budget?
Furniture can be expensive to replace and if it’s in good knick, you can just update its look for the New Year. You could varnish or paint wooden furniture, change handles on drawers and add throws to old sofas to spruce them up. You don’t have to buy new furniture for your home, a bit of TLC will do the trick.
Incorporate some new soft furnishing into your décor
Summer will soon be coming to an end and it’s time to start thinking about adding soft furnishings to your home in preparation for the colder months. Although we still have some summery days ahead of us for this year (fingers crossed), it’s never too early to start getting ready for the cold snap.
One of the best ways to stay warm in the run up to winter is by adding soft furnishings to your home. You’ll start to notice that the temperature will drop very soon and the chilly weather will kick in.
Preparing your home for winter doesn’t have to be a huge task. You don’t have to go the whole hog just yet, but introducing some essential cold-weather soft furnishings into your home will help you to keep warm when the weather starts to turn. You might even find that you save money on energy expenses as you won’t have to turn the central heating on so soon. Using soft furnishings to keep you warm is a better idea than resorting to switching on that heating before it’s absolutely essential!
There’s no better feeling than climbing into bed with freshly cleaned sheets – but what about making sure your duvet is clean too? Duvets should be washed at least every six months and replaced every five years as they collect dust, dirt, dead skin cells and dust mites over time.