Nothing makes an apartment or home feel more cozy than a fireplace. However, it is not uncommon for apartments to come without a fireplace. Below you will find some tips from a Jersey City Realtor on how to make your apartment cozy during these cold winter months, even without a fireplace.
A great first step to make an apartment more cozy is to look at your curtains. If they are made of a light material or are very sheer, a curtain of a heavier fabric will provide a warmer atmosphere. Make sure bare flooring has an area rug covering it, in order to make the room warmer and cover your table with a tablecloth. Jersey City realtors advise choosing to decorate your apartment in the winter months with rich colors, such as, dark brown and burgundy with gold accents. Place throw blankets on the couches and chairs to make the space seem more inviting. Decorate with wintery knickknacks throughout the apartment. Snowflakes, cardinals, evergreen trees and mittens are all examples of seasonal decorations you can incorporate in your home. Use a scented plug-in or candle in scents such as chocolate mint, peppermint, cinnamon or evergreen for a cozy, to add wintery feel to your apartment.
Lighting is also crucial tool to utilize when making an apartment feel more cozy, say Jersey City realtors. Rather than having an overly bright overhead light on, opt for lighting using pole lamps or table lamps. Choose a “soft light” light bulb for a less harsh lighting. Use wintery scented candles when you are home or the flameless battery operated candles that offer the same effect as a candle without the worry of a fire.
In your bedroom Jersey City Realtors suggest purchasing flannel sheets or a heated blanket to make your room more cozy. Place a heavier comforter on your bed in the winter months to keep you warmer when you are sleeping. Flannel pajamas and luxurious robes and slippers also make you feel more comfortable in your apartment during the winter months.
When entertaining in your apartment in the wintertime, it is important your guests feel comfortable and cozy in your apartment. As the host, choose to serve comfort foods that are particularly delicious in the winter months. Some menu items can include beef stew, roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, and winter vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes. It is also important when entertaining to have delicious wintery beverages on hand. Choose to serve winter lagers, rich, red wine and classic winter cocktails, such as a White Russian or an Irish coffee. Jersey City Realtors recommend baking cookies or brownies for dessert. Cook them a few hours prior to guests arriving, and the oven will warm up the apartment and the baking cookies’ aroma will give a homey feel to your apartment. Serve hot cocoa or mulled cider for wintery dessert drink as well.
Another great item to purchase for the winter months is a single cup coffee brewer. Purchasing an item such as the Kureg single cup coffee brewer ensures you can have a hot drink at the push of a button. These brewing machines also make more than just coffee, they offer hot chocolate and tea options as well. It is a great way to quickly warm up from being out in the cold.
Jersey City Realtors hope that these tips will make you and your guests feel comfortable in the winter months.