With the heat of summer a dim and distant memory, it's time to pack away the buckets and spades and prepare to meet the chilly onslaught of winter. With temperatures diving, now is the time to transform your home from its light, sunny summer state to a warm and cosy winter haven. Our checklist offers some quick and easy way to beat the blues this winter.
Colour - Bright whites and cool blues work well for summer but as winter rolls around look to deep red, fiery orange or rich chocolate tones to create a warm, cosy atmosphere. Simply adding a new throw rug or changing the cushions will quickly create that cosy feel.
Heating - Spend winter days relaxed and comfy in front of your roaring open fire. Protecting the family is everyone's priority. Regular maintenance of heaters is essential to ensure that flues are clean, clear and safe while you unwind.
Floors - Uncovered floors absorb heat and can be icy underfoot. With a huge variety available, it is easy to add warmth and enjoy the sensation of luxury with a colourful mat or floor rug. Imagine the joy of jumping out of bed, your feet sinking into a superbly soft, plush sheepskin!
Bed - What better place to spend a cold winter's day than snuggled up in bed? Whether you prefer quilts or blankets, for the ultimate in winter warmth a wool topper will add comfort to your bed and prevent the arctic draughts seeping through your mattress to your bones.
Food - Nothing screams winter like soups, stews and hot chocolate with marshmallow. Stock your pantry or perhaps rug up and head outside. Create a winter veggie garden: pop on your wet weather gear and head outside to gather your own nourishing ingredients.