Warm Up Your Home

Sometimes a heater is not enough to warm up a room. But there’s no need to be left out in the cold – just check out our winter warmer suggestions. 

Living Room

The quickest and easiest way to warm up a living room is by putting a couple of throws and blankets on the couch. Nothing beats the winter blues quite like a good quality throw and a cup of hot cocoa.

Our one-stop shop for blankets is undoubtedly Loads of Living. Over 23 years ago, Loads of Living had the vision to create South Africa’s first dedicated linen emporium selling the finest quality linen and homeware. With 13 stores nationwide, most of their stores are in Gauteng, with seven situated in Johannesburg. Their winter collection, inspired by neutrals, whites, blues, pale greys, camel and blush pink, celebrates the opportunity to cuddle up with colour this cold season. And their plush velvet blankets, which are generous in size, soft and luxurious, will be the only thing you need to keep warm on those chilly nights.


Please tell us we’re not the only ones who bounce around on our toes when getting out of the shower. The best and cheapest way to keep your little tootsies from freezing on the cold tiles is to get a fury little bathroom mat to stand on when drying yourself off after a hot shower. Just make sure the mat has a rubber bottom so that it doesn’t slip. And that is how you beat winter in the bathroom.


The kitchen has always been the heart of the house because of its cosy ambiance. But sometimes it needs a little accessorising to keep things toasty during those cold days. Try throwing down a few warm-coloured rugs and don’t forget to put the kettle on – you can’t make it through winter without a mug, or three, of hot Rooibos.

Dining Room

Candlelit dinners should not be reserved for special occasions. Light a couple of those bad boys during dinner – they’ll create a comfy vibe and emit a bit of welcome heat. Just remember to keep a bucket of sand, a bucket of water and a wet blanket handy just in case you set the curtains on fire. Touch wood. Not today, winter.


Insulation is the name of the game when it comes to keeping the cold at bay. Big, heavy curtains don’t only look pretty, they can also help to keep the heat inside. What you’re looking for here is blackout (not blockout) curtains that are machine washable, durable and pack a bit of weight… whatever you do, don’t bring candles near the curtains.

Show winter who’s boss and share this article with your friends and family. Why not share your favourite winter warmer tricks with us via the comment section below.

By Shawn Greyling

Do you have any winter warmer tips? Share them with us in the comments section below. Sharing is caring, so warm up a friend’s abode by posting this on social media. 

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18 thoughts on “Warm Up Your Home

  1. Place a fleece blanket on top of your bed sheets which makes it warmer when stepping into bed rather than a crisp icy sheet.

  2. warm yourself first.
    It’s easier to change your body temperature than room temperature, not to mention more eco-friendly. Instead of turning up the heat, put on another layer of clothing.

  3. I have an oil fin heater and throw my cloths over it before going into the bath, when im out my cloths are all warm and toastie…

  4. My tip is after making food in the oven, switch it off and leave open the oven door. It allows the heat to escape from the oven and warm the kitchen area and surrounds a bit.

  5. I would say the best way to beat the cold , In bed under the blanket snuggle up with partner,body heat is the best to warm up ☺

  6. Check all your windows and ensure the seal tightly. Some old type windows with the screws tend to loosen over summer and therefore do not seal the window tightly.
    Just a quick tightening of these screws can prevent any cold weather coming in through your windows

  7. Newspapers under your mattress stop the cold coming through.
    Then sleep on a blanket with your hot water bottle and you will be toastie.

  8. What warms my family is a warm kitchen and comfort food. Every Saturday we prepare my mom’s old recipe of dumpling and “bones soup/dish”, made of bones,beefstew, beans and soup mix, then we share it in an enclosed TV lounge with a gas heater. Nothing warms your body like a warm heart from a warm dish.

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