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When the cold, dark nights appear, it’s time to retreat into the comfort of your home and enjoy the pleasures of the season. That said, your home might need a bit of a makeover for it to inspire the festive feelings you want. Below are five ways you can improve your home.
Paint the rooms
Does your home feel a little bit mundane these days? That’s not how you want it to feel over the festive season, quite the opposite. The good news is you don’t have to buy expensive furniture from the local antique shop to give your home a new atmosphere, all you need is some paint.
Painting your rooms a new color livens them up and keeps them relevant to how you feel at that point in your life. If you don’t want to paint the entire room, why not paint an accent wall instead. Even on the driest days of winter, there is usually time to open windows to dry the paint.
Update the tiles
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous and ambitious, why not take a look at tile work. Many people have splashback tiles in their bathrooms and kitchens; others use tiles for floors and patios. Tiles are a little more challenging to work with than paint, but they offer excellent results.
Consider changing the backsplash tiles in your bathroom this winter. There are some lovely tiles designs to choose from, so you will have no shortage of options. Tiles can be replaced with ones that have patterns, or you could hire someone to install a mosaic tile arrangement.
Replace the doors
Doors are another easy way to renovate your home this winter and improve your energy efficiency at the same time. Replacing a front door is an excellent way to draw some positive attention to your home over the festive period, improve security and keep the heat in.
But the front door isn’t the only one you could pay attention to as the temperatures drop. Why not replacing sliding doors at the back of your home and install French doors instead. The latest French doors are more energy-efficient than sliding doors with thicker frames and glass.
On the subject of energy efficiency, it makes sense to follow the trends that aim to reduce carbon emissions and avoid a 1.5-degree rise in global temperatures. A rise of this magnitude would create havoc in the North and the South with extreme weather, conflict, and shortages.
There are plenty of ways you can play your part, first by installing a smart thermostat to monitor and control your energy usage automatically, then by reducing the quantity of energy wastage by improving the insulation in your home. Of course, one of the best kinds of insulation is injection foam.
Update your lighting
If you replace incandescent bulbs in the main rooms of your home, you’re living in the past. Incandescent bulbs are not energy efficient, they are also more expensive to buy than LED, and they don’t last as long. Make this winter the time to upgrade your lighting for the future.
LED lights are now the most popular form of internal lighting. LED lights are bright and reliable, they are also far cheaper to run, and they last twice as long as incandescent bulbs. Of course, it might require the services of an electrician, but this is worthwhile when you see the savings.