As seasons change, so does the temperature. During winter, the cold can really bite sending chills down your spine. It’s hard to battle that cold sometimes and most people obviously opt to have their heaters up and running. Well, heaters actually do an amazing job in keeping your bedroom warm but they also ensure your electricity bill is going up. The wise men said there are many ways to kill a cat, thus there are many ways to keep your bedroom warm without necessarily having to run your heater. Here are some alternatives that you can consider trying.
Flip The Ceiling Fan
Fans are used to create a cooling breeze during summer when temperatures are skyrocketing. Blades of a fan rotate in an anticlockwise fashion pushing air downwards against lower and cooler air. When this air is moving around the house the temperatures seem to change. The same concept can be applied during winter. You need to change the rotational direction of the blades from counter-clockwise to clockwise. The blades push cold air up as warm air flows down and circulate in your bedroom. However, it’s worth noting that ceiling fans don’t change the temperature of the room but they redistribute the air in the room making the room more comfortable.
Battling cold requires one to be properly armed and having warmer bedding is more of a requirement than an option. Layers of clothing make you feel warmer when walking down the streets, thus layers of thick bedding can be used to achieve the same results. Sheets made from flannel are ideal as they provide you with warmth and comfort. Besides that, ensure you have a thick duvet that will keep your body warm when you are comfortably tucked in your bed at night.
Install A Warm Carpet
It’s really annoying and depressing waking up in the morning and then you step on a very cold floor. If your bedroom floor is tiled, you really need to get a carpet. Wooden floors are also no better since wood is a bad heat insulator thus your floor will be cold. A carpet on the floor will ensure your feet retain the heat they have as a carpet is a good heat insulator. When choosing a carpet to buy you may want to consider a few tips such as size, the type of fiber, depth of the carpet. Carpet made of wool is your best pick as wool is comfy.
Time to Move Your Bed
If your bed is positioned right under the window you really need to move your bed into another position. Cold air easily transfers through a glass, and this will make your room colder. By moving your bed, you guarantee yourself a very warm night.
Are Your Windows Covered?
It’s proven that outside temperatures can transfer through the glass. This means that cold air on the outside can easily find itself in your bedroom. Hence, it’s paramount to have your bedroom insulated by having heavier curtains fixed on your windows. While at it, you can choose to have bright colored curtains and do away with the gloomy mode brought about by the cold season.
Have You Checked for Drafts?
Before the cold season kicks in you really need to ensure that the windows in your bedroom properly close. If there are gaps in your window then warm air in your bedroom will slowly slip out as the cold air slowly slips in leaving you feeling cold. A draft detector will help you check for movement of air in your window. It’s pretty easy to fix the gaps in your window or even door. A window with no gaps simply means that your bedroom will remain warm.
Time to Go Old School
There are old school methods of keeping your bedroom warm that can still cut it in this modern era. As you go sleep, put a warm water and slip it in between your sheets. Your feet will much enjoy the heat radiated from the warm water. For those who love advancement, there are heated mattresses that will efficiently help you feel warm as you tuck yourself in your bed.
Don’t Forget a Pair of Socks
When it’s all said and done, remember to put on a thick and cozy pair of socks before hopping in the bed. When your feet are warm you will definitely have a better sleep. You can also wear a warm hat to keep your head cozy and warm as you sleep. During a cold season, any trick that can gain you warmth shouldn’t be overlooked at any cost.
Have More Insulation
If your bedroom isn’t insulated up to standards then you are losing the battle on keeping your room warm. Have your room properly insulated to avoid unnecessary loss of heat when you really need it. Insulation installment is a worthy investment at the end of the day.
Let The Light In
In as much as you should keep your curtains closed to prevent heat loss, you should open them when there’s the sun. During the cold season, there are times when the sun pops out and everyone feels so rejuvenated being hit by the sun’s rays. Allow the rays to fill up your room as some warmth will be created by this process. And when the sun sets or disappears, remember to close the curtains to prevent the gained heat from disappearing. Sunlight provides some good natural warmth and makes the room brighter, something that coudl also improve your mood.
The Bottom Line
A cold season needs one to step up and know how to generate heat in their bedroom. These tips offered above provide a wide range of techniques for keeping your bedroom warm and at the same time ensuring you don’t incur any cost. The good thing about life is that there’s always an alternative and a solution to every situation. And in most cases, the alternative works just as good. It all depends on what you prefer if your preference is to save some cash try these great tips out.
Whether it is a bad painting job with water spots, writing stains from your now-grown kids or leftover from the stickers and nail holes, you know how distracting an ugly wall can get. It literally beats any efforts made by your classic furniture and accessories to create a stylish and organized look. It is even more annoying if you are renting the place and you can’t make permanent changes.
Either because we are all selfish and want the person preceding to go through the same experience or its lack of cash to re-paint, regardless, you don’t have to worry anymore. There are clever tips you can incorporate to hide those draining walls. The best part about it is that you are killing two birds with one stone. While you are hiding ugly walls, you are also adding style by using some accessories that give your space personality. Here are some ideas that might transfer the ugly wall into a masterpiece.
Using wallpaper on your wall is a bit complicated, but when chosen right coinciding with your existing décor, it can totally transform your room into a beauty parlor while making a statement. It is advised though, it is a perfect cover-up for stains and writings but not for a damp wall. Wallpapering is actually one of the easiest ways to restyle your interior. This is because depending on the wallpaper you choose, can make your room appear larger, warmer and brighter; and vice versa. Yet with such a bountiful abundance of designs in the market, it can get a little intimidating. Therefore, you might want to research it to understand your options first.
Art is popularly used as a masterpiece for any room, and we know how well it goes. It creates a visual appeal that can totally distract your guests by pulling them to the painting. Where art is concerned, the more the merrier. But since it is a cover-up, investing in one large canvas is wise. You should consider your space though if your room is small, you don’t want to hang art that will chew up all the visual space and overtake everything in the room. Art is such a personal choice, therefore pick out something that pleases you. Consider being open to other mediums too, like photography. Instilling wall lamps and hanging mirrors can also work well.
Install a Bookshelf
Installing a bookshelf is a good solution for walls that are not in such a terrible state. It also adds a hearty dose of character to your space and speaks for the homeowner. There is nothing that feels as right as when I walk into a person’s home, and I suddenly realize how much I know them from their home decor. It creates a rapport, especially if you get to see some of your best book or music collection. You can consider a cabinet, which can also be used for storage if your space is small for a ceiling to floor bookshelf.
Use Washi Tape
If you are not on board, washi tape is a decorative masking tape made from Japanese rice paper. It is mostly enchanting by the bunch of possibilities it provides because it comes in gazillion colors and patterns. Although it is very adhesive, it’s quite temporary, which is not bad anyway because you don’t have much time to get bored with the decorations. It is a perfect solution for those, like me, who are in need of constant change and creativity. You can come up with various patterns like polka dots. Or if you want a larger cover-up, you can use the decorative washi tape as a frame for your poster.
Add a Different Texture
A room without texture variation will fall flat and one dimensional, in spite of owning various expensive accessories. Therefore, you can use this to your advantage and hide those ugly wall-stains by adding some texture. Don’t worry, it is not as expensive as it seems. The result doesn’t have to be busy, in fact, keep it simple by finding out the layers that combine to give you the best result. The colors you use are key. If you are using art, for instance, you can try covering up the frame with the same fabric as the mat. It is a great way of creating a visual appeal that will go a long way to distract your guests in the best way.
It can be a bit expensive, but you will be glad you invested in a bamboo exterior wall covering. It not only covers the walls but also creates an outstanding personality. It provides a natural ambiance to a room and when paired with some greens, it’s a wrap. There is something about going natural that can never go wrong. Though this is more of a permanent solution, therefore, doing it on a rental home might not be a good idea.
Cover Your Wall With a Curtain
Using curtains can be a perfect cover-up for unsightly walls. Consider investing for a quality curtain, one that makes a room feel warm and luxurious. Curtains can also be used to create an illusion of a window. A map mural can also serve the same purpose. The big difference is, it instantly makes your wall look immensely interesting. They range from world maps to whatever map you want based on your taste. If curtains don’t do it for you, try map murals.
Use Your Photos to Create a Wallpaper
I have preserved the best and my favorite for last, using your photos to create some sort of wallpaper. This will immensely work in not only creating a visual appeal and covering up your ugly wall but also gives character and personality to your room. It has a perfect visual illusion when the photos are arranged in a neat brick pattern. This is can be achieved because each horizontal line is created using photos of the same size when printing them out.
The Bottom Line
There are more ways than you can hide ugly walls. Just be creative and if the ugly wall is just too much, you can always consider doing a wall facelift and turn it into the wall of your dreams.