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Creating a Cosy Space for Fall; How to Add Warmth & Comfort to Your Home

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There is nothing more satisfying than coming home to a warm, inviting space on a crisp fall day. As the autumn air develops its telltale chill, we all turn up our thermostats and dig out our favourite throw blankets in an attempt to stay warm. But adding warmth to your home is not simply about temperature; it is about creating a feeling of safety and belonging… a feeling of home.

At Birchwood Furniture, we have a few excellent ways to not only warm up your space but to make it feel cosy and comfortable.

Area Rugs

Adding an area rug to your space is a practical and stylish way to make a room feel toasty and inviting. A rug adds a level of insulation between your feet and the cool floor, allowing you to cosy up in your space and truly unwind at the end of a long cold day. This added insulation can also help keep the space at a more comfortable temperature without the need to raise the thermostat.

A good area rug also dampens sound. When sound bounces and echoes in a room, it can cause the room to seem cold, cavernous, and empty. By absorbing sound, an area rug can make a room seem warm and welcoming without actually limiting the available space.

Materials Make a Difference

The materials from which an area rug is made can have a huge impact on how well it insulates and warms a room. Area rugs made from wool are typically very durable as well as effective insulators, although they do sometimes require special maintenance. Blends or synthetic rugs tend to be less maintenance and a more economical choice than their wool counterpart, but can provide warmth and unity in your space as well as wool.

What Size & Shape of Area Rug Works Best For You Space?

The most important thing to remember when choosing an area rug is to keep in mind what type of room you are furnishing. Rugs can be used to create the feel of a space. The type of materials used in the rug, the weave or pattern has the ability to determine whether the room will have a casual, lay on the couch and watch a movie feel or a get dressed up and celebrate a special occasion atmosphere.

The size and shape of a room, as well as the style of furniture and how it is placed, should be taken into consideration when deciding on the area rug you will choose. If your room is square and most of your furniture has straight lines, maybe consider a round or oval shaped rug to soften the feel of the area. If your room is a larger rectangular room, you may want to choose a large rug, placing it under the furniture to create a cozy feeling in the large space.

Some questions you may want to ask yourself before you decide on which rug is best suited for your space may be: Do I want to have a focal area in the room? Do I want a smaller rug that adds color or a larger rug that ties my room together? Do I want to create one or more seating areas?

Although there are guidelines to choosing and placing an area rug in your space, there are no concrete rules. Being aware of these guidelines and options will assist you in determining what size rug provides the visual effect you desire in the rooms of your house.

Birchwood Furniture Carries Beautiful Capel Rugs

Be sure to visit Birchwood Furniture when shopping for your area rug this autumn. We carry an excellent range of Capel area rugs suitable for any space. Come in and see our wide selection of samples today. We will be more than happy to help you find the perfect rug to cosy up your room.


A fireplace adds both heat and warmth to a space. Whether it is watching the hypnotic dance of the flames, or enjoying the warm and comforting glow, everyone appreciates the function and feeling a fireplace provides.

An Electric Fireplace is Safe, Versatile, and Convenient

While you may think of fireplaces exclusively as something that is built into a home, this is no longer the only option available. Electric fireplaces are an excellent option, providing mobility and versatility. These fireplaces offer not only the benefits of warmth and comfort, but also those of a functioning piece of furniture. Because an electric fireplace is mobile, it can be used as a tv stand, a bookshelf, or a number of other helpful uses.

Electric fireplaces are also a safer alternative to other types of fireplaces. There is no chance of fumes, smoke, or even ash. An electric fireplace gives you the beauty and comfort of a crackling fire without the risk.

Choosing the Right Fireplace For Your Home

Some options to consider as you search for the perfect fireplace addition to your home should be size, function, and style. Where will your fireplace be placed in your room? Will it be in a corner? Do you want to place a TV on top of the fireplace? Would you like the fireplace to be the focal point in the space or prefer it to blend in as it provides warmth for the room? The answers to these questions will help you determine which piece will be the right choice for your home.

If choosing a mantel style to center on your wall, it will most definitely catch your attention when you walk into the space. A cabinet fireplace will serve as a dual function piece, providing a base for a TV as well as storage if needed. If you enjoy a traditional style, the look of logs burning in your fireplace on a cold winter day will certainly make you feel warm all over. If you prefer the up to date modern feel, tumbled glass on an ice ember bed can be the choice for your space. All of the styles available can be operated with touch or by remote so your room will be warm with heat and ambience all winter long.

Find Your Dimplex Fireplace at Birchwood Furniture

We are proud to carry beautiful, quality Dimplex fireplaces; all of which come in a variety of shapes and sizes with remarkable features. Come see our selection of Dimplex fireplaces. We are happy to help you find the one that best suits your lifestyle.

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