With autumn in full swing and Christmas on the horizon, it is the perfect time to get your country home ready for winter. Give your home a cozy winter makeover! It’s the perfect way to get your home and family ready for those warm toasty nights in front of the TV. The idea of giving your home an entire makeover may be daunting, but it needn’t be a mammoth task. All you need are a few staple items to transform your home in preparation for the colder months!
5 Things to Get Your Country Home Ready for Winter
1) Scented Candles
Scented candles are a small but powerful piece of home décor that set the perfect ambiance for the winter months. You might think that scented candles must be expensive and can only be bought in high-end department stores or at Yankee Candles, but that isn’t the case at all!
Scented candles have risen in popularity in recent years, and you can get a wide variety at your local market or dollar store – giving your home those country vibes without having to break the bank! They come in a variety of scents that suit your aesthetic, from a wintery nutmeg, mulled wine or a fresh autumnal bonfire. Not to mention, they are perfect for creating a soft, soothing mood lighting!
2) Outdoor TV Antennas
It might seem like Netflix and cable have made antennas obsolete. But if you live in the countryside, you know that's not true at all!
TV antennas are essential for rural life. If you live in a fairly remote area, where the internet quality can be spotty, antennas are a life-saver. Antennas can pick up signals from a long way off, and most modern outdoor TV antennas even come with built-in signal amplifiers that can withstand extreme weather conditions! Buy yourself an antenna, so you can kick back and watch those Christmas film favorites that always air around this time of year.
This is probably the most expensive item on the list to get your home ready for winter– but a worthwhile investment. If your home is a little older and was made around the 1930s, it is likely that there already was a fireplace there – it has since been boarded up!
Fireplaces not only help you save on heating bills, but they also serve a decorative function and help to make your home seem more ‘homely’ and authentic. If you can see the outline of a fireplace of yesteryear in your home, you could either DIY or enlist a decorator to restore it to its former glory! If that’s not an option, then no problem – a lot of homeware stores have realistic-looking fake fireplaces.
4) Fairy Lights
Lights don’t just belong outside of houses or on a Christmas tree – they are also a low-cost way to add a warm glow to your home. They can be a safe alternative to candles in homes with young children or rambunctious pets!
You can get lights that are powered by either a cable or batteries. The latter is useful if you’d prefer to add lights to areas that are usually hard-to-reach and don’t have a plug socket nearby! To give your home a sense of warmth, it is better to opt for yellow lights as opposed to frosty white ones.
5) Cushions and Throws
Simple, cheap and the perfect way to give your old couches a new lease of life for the coming season! You could go for quilts, velvet, patterned, plain or personalized – the range of possibilities are endless but are equally as affordable.
Your couches are probably the first things a guest will notice when they walk into your living room, so it is important also to consider the overall color scheme when you’re picking out your new throw and cushions. Make sure the throws and cushions complement each other rather than clash – even contrasting colors like black and white or red and cream will work to pull your living room together. These are the final touches to help you get your country home ready for winter.