It’s a problem often faced by both new home owners who’ve had a new house built from the ground up and those who’ve moved into a house which was built a while ago already. That’s trying to figure out how to warm up those interior spaces which are a bit cold, some of which don’t warm up adequately even during the summer months when the sun is fully out and it’s nothing short of a beautiful sunny day outside.
If you have the budget for it, something like having under-floor heating installed will probably still prove to be a bit expensive since it is indeed much cheaper only when it’s installed as the house is being built, or when the flooring is still being laid down. Installing under-floor heating while you already have flooring such as porcelain or ceramic tiles laid down is near impossible without either undoing and breaking the tiles (you’ll need new tiles) and then re-laying them, or adding the heating unit over the tiles, which would also leave you needing to perhaps lay down a new layer of flooring.
If you have hardwood flooring then under-floor heating may be an option you would perhaps be willing to spend a bit on now and enjoy a warmer interior space for life, afterwards.
A lot of the permanent solutions you’d be looking to explore in a bid to warm up your cold interiors would naturally involve some sort of structural adjustments, something a lot of homeowners aren’t all too comfortable with because of the so-called “post-op scars” such patch-up work usually leaves, no matter how professionally-done the work is. Structural changes can also lead to delays and perhaps spark a chain reaction of more work needing to be done, which only serves to escalate the costs when all you really wanted was just to enjoy some warmer interiors.
If structural changes or even installing something like under-floor heating are options which just prove to be inevitable, then you’ll have no choice if you want your cold interiors to be warmer, otherwise there are just a couple of simple interior decor hacks which can do the trick just as well.
First up is “rugging” the place up! Yes, simply adding some rugs to your cold interiors often does the trick very well in warming up even the coldest of rooms. Add a rug by the door, one which appears thick enough to effectively block off cold air from entering under the door, unless of course the door leads to a naturally warmer room, like a kitchen or living room with a fire place.
Rugs of all sizes, covering as much of the cold floor as possible often prove to be enough to warm things up adequately, but for maximum effect you should also use warm chair upholstery fabric to cover up those so-called “dead-zones” that make it feel like there’s a ghost in the room. It’s pretty much just a matter of adding decorative insulation to those surfaces (floor and some upholstery) in the room which are effectively good conductors of heat. When it’s cold they tend to retain the cold just as well as they retain and conduct heat, so surfaces such as your floors and upholstery need to be covered, but you naturally still want to cover the all up in style.
The second option is to let in as much heat into the room during the day as possible and try to have the room retain as much of that heat as possible. Draw the curtains completely, perhaps including the lace curtains as well, so that the sun’s warming rays hit the as much of the room as possible so as to retain the heat in the same way that the Greenhouse Effect works, or terrestrial heating.