Making your way through the long, cold winter months can really make one miss the warm, breezy summertime. However, those of us lucky enough to have a log cabin home won’t have to give up on those sunny dreams yet. That’s because such an annex to your main house can be the perfect way to soak up some sun and heat, even in the middle of winter. Here are some tips on how to stay warm in your log cabin home this winter.
1. The power of white walls
You might think that white walls are a little outdated or lack a certain creativity that more modern home might be searching for. However, white paint is exactly what you need in wintertime for your log cabin home.
The color white will replay the natural light off the walls and around the room. In this way, you can benefit from a better lit space that gives the impression of being larger than it actually is in real life. Call it an optical illusion if you will, but it works for this intended purpose.
You can pair the white of the walls with some off-tone yellow shades that will add a little warmth to your log cabin home. In winter, it’s all about maximizing light and natural warmth. And these colors will help you do just that.
2. Go for cozy furniture
You might be a fan of ratan pieces, wrought iron outdoor furniture that has found its way into the log cabin home for the winter or even massive wooden pieces. But they won’t help you at all during the cold months.
Instead, you should choose furniture that sends the message of coziness and warmth whenever you spend time in that space. Linens and plush are two very good examples you can try this year.
However, coziness is not the only thing you need to be thinking about when choosing the furniture. You will also have to select a set of furniture that will not fade out. Upholstering can be very expensive, and it’s not a fun process to go through.
3. Plush rugs can make a difference
A winter log cabin home just wouldn’t be complete without a few plush rugs thrown here and there to tie the whole space together. But beyond the aesthetic importance, plush rugs will also keep your feet from getting cold this winter.
You can opt for a full size one that covers the entire floor. Or you can buy a set and throw them here and there on the floor. Choose some strategic places where you know you are most likely to walk or rest your feet.
4. Create a coffee and tea spot
If you haven’t connected your log cabin home to the main gas or electricity lines, then most likely you won’t be able to cook or even make a cup of coffee in there. As a consequence, you will have to go back and forth between the log cabin and the main house every time you need a hot beverage.
To save time and keep from getting too cold, set up a coffee and tea spot in your log cabin home. Bring in an espresso maker for camping and a selection of teas and you will even be able to entertain guests in there. Complete the setup with some snacks and you now have a little corner where you can retreat and relax at the end of a long day.
5. Block all the drafts
If you feel the need to keep the cold air out of your log cabin home, then start with the drafts. The number one source of drafts – windows and doors, of course. Use a roll to block the bottom of the outside door. If you can’t find one or don’t have the budget for it, a towel will do just fine.
If you feel that’s not enough, especially during the coldest days of the season or when there’s a snow storm, you can hang a blanket all the long of the door. It will block the cold air from coming inside.
6. Humidify your log cabin home
Dry air in an enclosed space can force you to raise the temperature up to a few degrees without you even knowing that this is the cause. However, when the air inside the room is properly humidified, you will notice that you can actually turn the thermostat down a few degrees, saving you some money on your heating bills.
The way to do this is by using a humidifier. However, if you don’t want to invest in one, you can simply put a coffee can filled with water next to one of your vents. This should take care of the humidity problem.
7. Cover up your windows
There are clever ways in which you can cover up the windows of your log cabin home during the coldest winter months and still enjoy sunlight. For example, you can use clear shower curtains. They will block out drafts and the unwanted cold, but they will still filter the sunlight.
You can also choose a more traditional route and simply hang curtains on all your windows. The thicker and fluffier, the better to stay warm and cozy. However, they will block the sunlight. Therefore, you will have to draw them open during those hours when the sun is high up in the sky and close them back up during the rest of the day and night. In this way, the thick curtains will block all drafts and you can keep warm.
The winter months are difficult on all of us, especially if you’re weather sensitive. However, you can make the best of them both in your main house and in your log cabin home if you put any of these seven tips on how to stay warm to good use.