As we welcome the winter months and the cooler temperatures arrive, staying indoors and cosying up at home is the only place to be.

To ensure your home is on the warmer side there are a few things you need around the house. Adding these things will not only keep you warm but help to lift your mood and keep your energy bills down, too.

1. Light the way

From beautiful lamps and ceiling lights to clusters of candles on the dining table and in living spaces, to keep the mood ambient and happy during winter it’s imperative to consider your lighting scheme at home.

Ceiling lights, lamps and directional lighting (i.e. lights directed onto walls) are a great way to add to the cosy, moody feel at home during winter. While candles will help to set the scene, fill you with the warm feel of a fire and, if you go for woody scents, impart a great smell around your abode, too.

2. Wrap yourself up

Whether you’re partial to cashmere throws or cosy woolen blankets, when the cool weather arrives it’s best to layer up the home. Think adding blankets to each room in the home that you spend time in, such as bedrooms, living areas and maybe even the home office if you’re in there often enough.

Blankets are a great way to help keep you warm and stop you from turning up the heat, which can lead to increased bills. The ideal temp indoors during winter is between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius. If people in your home still aren’t warm enough at these temps, it’s time to wrap them up in extra blankets.

3. Draft-proof solutions

Not matter how high you set your heating system, or how long you have it turned on for, if the heat escapes the home through glass, cracks, windows, doors, skirting boards and architraves you will not be efficiently heating up your home. For example, did you know that your home could lose up to 40% of heat through the windows? To stop heat loss, check for cracks – and seal them up. Add heavy curtains to window and even consider double-glazing on window and glass doors.

4. Layers for floors and walls

Layers aren’t just for people, couches and beds. From big mirrors hung on walls to extra rugs on floors, by adding extra layers to walls and floors you add to the thermal mass of your home and help to further insulate it.

5. Winter woolies

Dress for the weather. It may sound simple but you’d be surprised how many people reach to crank up the heating rather than popping on more clothes. Once you’re in appropriate clothing you may not need to have the heater on as high or for as often.