3 top tips for creating a warm winter home

With autumn upon us and winter on its way, now is the time to prepare your home for the chilly weather ahead. Try our top tips for creating a warm winter home.

How to create a warm winter home

There’s nothing like coming home to a cosy, warm, dry home on a crisp autumn day. Here are a few tips to help you reduce condensation and create a more comfortable, warm winter home:

Keep warmth in

The majority of heat loss occurs in your floor, walls and ceilings; followed by the glass in your windows. Insulate your roof first, followed by your walls and floor, and trap heat inside your home with double-glazed windows. Double-glazing can help you save on heating bills, halving your heat-loss* compared to single-glazed windows of the same size and shape. It can reduce external noise and add value to your property. You can also take the effectiveness of double-glazing a step further with a high-performance glass. Reduce heat loss even further with thermally-broken windows and doors. A plastic or resin section is placed in the centre of the aluminium frame, dramatically reducing heat transfer through the frame.

Keep air moving

By leaving your windows slightly open throughout the day you will replace moisture-laden air with fresh air. This allows your home to dry out and helps prevents mould forming on cold or damp surfaces. Placing security stays on your windows will restrict how far the window can be opened, providing a safer way to ventilate when there’s no one home. Another ventilation option is passive ventilation – a natural way to circulate air through your home while your windows remain closed. With proper insulation, ventilation and excellent moisture control you will make a big difference to how your home feels this winter.

Reduce moisture

Remove moisture from inside your home by fitting extractor fans that vent to the outside in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Small lifestyle changes like drying your clothes outside, placing lids on your pots when cooking and installing a shower dome will also help you control indoor moisture.

The ultimate winter home inspiration

This stunning Queenstown home proves that location and well-considered design can work beautifully together to create the perfect winter space.

King Living and Charles Wilson Reveal New Collaboration

Furniture icons King Living have teamed up with Australian designer Charles Wilson to launch a new lighting collection, the Solifiore. Unveiled at Milan Design Week as part of the Local Design showcase, the collection features a series of standing lamps set to take King Living’ philosophy of design excellence to another level.

“The Solifiore Collection was conceived to form clusters in a space resembling giant plant-like forms”, says Wilson. “Striking as a group or individually, the lights feature slender bronze stems of different heights that morph into conical concrete bases. There are three iterations in the series: Gymea, Protea and Arum, each with distinctive hand-blown glass heads.”

The lighting collection blends contemporary design with cutting edge technology, using an innovative control mechanism integrated into the stem of the lighting collection allowing them to be dimmed and turned on and off by touch.

Anna Carrabs, CEO of  King Living, says the brand constantly strives to produce innovative, engineered products in collaboration with Australian designers. “It is incredibly empowering to see great Australian designers, such as Charles Wilson, being showcased at Milan Design Week. King Living are honoured and excited to be a part of Emma Elizabeth’s design setting with Local Design in 2018.”

The Solifiore Collection will be available from King Living’s Auckland Showroom in Spring 2018.