Take the chill off your bed­room

With the ar­rival of chilly winds and crisp frosts, it’s time to in­su­late your bed­room and liv­ing ar­eas with warm, snug­gly tex­tures

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text by Vanessa Nouwens.

Whether we are ready for it or not, winter is al­most here and now is the ideal time to freshen up your in­te­ri­ors to see you through the cold nights ahead. Tex­ture is key when it comes to cre­at­ing a warm and invit­ing space so we’ve gath­ered to­gether a host of hints and tips to help you get your home winter-ready in no time.

BED­ROOMS

A bed­room should feel invit­ing and cosy in winter, and one of the eas­i­est ways to achieve this is by chang­ing up your bed­ding.

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SHEETS & PIL­LOW­CASES

Strip your bed of crisp cotton sheets and re­place them with heav­ier, winter-weight fab­rics. Flan­nelette sheets will keep you toasty at night and will also be warmer against your skin when you jump into bed. From plain colours to fun pat­terns, the range avail­able in flan­nelette is mas­sive, which means there is a set out there to suit any decor style.

If you love to read in bed and don’t yet have any euro pil­lows, add them to your must-buy list. We guar­an­tee these big, square pil­lows will make sit­ting up in bed eas­ier and more en­joy­able. For ex­tra com­fort, in­tro­duce some new pil­low­cases in soft fab­rics such as vel­vet or cor­duroy. 2

THROWS & CUSH­IONS To make your bed a cosy and re­lax­ing place to be, layer it with chunky knit throws or blan­kets. Add in­ter­est with ones that have tas­sels, pom poms or fring­ing. Ex­tra cush­ions won’t go amiss ei­ther and are a great way to add tex­ture to your bed.

LIV­ING ROOM

Dur­ing winter, the amount of time you and your fam­ily spend snug­gled up in the liv­ing room is bound to in­crease, so why not in­tro­duce some new pieces to give your space a re­freshed look?

3 CUSH­IONS New cush­ions are a cost-ef­fec­tive way to al­ter the colour scheme or style of your liv­ing room. Pack away those light­weight ones and grab some cush­ions cov­ered in wool, fur or vel­vet – fab­rics with a soft, warm feel. Cush­ions with pom poms, tas­sels or fring­ing are great for giv­ing your sofa some tex­ture as well. To keep costs down, con­sider buy­ing new cush­ion cov­ers and reusing your old in­ners.

4 CUR­TAIN UP­DATE If your cur­tains have seen bet­ter days and chang­ing them is on your to-do list, con­sider adding a touch of lux­ury to your liv­ing room with a set in vel­vet. This sturdy fab­ric is a great op­tion for soft fur­nish­ings and will serve you well for years to come. Vel­vet al­ways looks great and works with a range of in­te­rior styles. Most of the heat loss in a home is through win­dows and, es­pe­cially in older homes, a heavy ma­te­rial like this will help to re­tain that pre­cious warm air. 5 DRESS YOUR SEAT­ING Re­gard­less of the style of your arm­chair, whether it be a fab­ric or rat­tan style, dress­ing it with a chunky throw or fur blan­ket will in­stantly add warmth and tex­ture. Sheep­skins draped over the backs or seats of chairs are a pop­u­lar look and add ex­tra com­fort. And re­mem­ber to give your sofa some love, too!

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LIGHT­ING These shorter days are the ob­vi­ous time to add layered light­ing to your home. Whether you love snug­gling un­der a blan­ket on the sofa to watch your favourite tele­vi­sion shows, or pre­fer curl­ing up with a book in a read­ing chair, the ad­di­tion of a floor or ta­ble lamp is a boon. A di­rec­tional floor lamp can be moved to shine down on your book, while a ta­ble lamp will pro­vide am­bi­ence and il­lu­mi­na­tion with­out hav­ing all the lights blaz­ing – per­fect for movie nights.

Lagoon washed vel­vet square-stitch

throw, $179, from Crave. Hamp­ton linen bed pack in indigo,

$299.99 queen, from Ez­iBuy. Klip­pan Ralph blan­ket in navy, $225, from Tea Pea. Mon­tana cush­ions, $48.99

each, from Adairs. Flan­nelette sheet set in char­coal, $59.99 sin­gle, from Ez­iBuy. Ni­colo cush­ion,

$74.95, from

Free­dom. Nomad throw,

$99.90, from Wal­lace Cotton.

Vel­vet eye­let

cur­tain, $89.99, from

Ez­iBuy.

Find more winter decorating ideas at Home Repub­lic alpine fur

throw, $199.99, from Adairs. Chico

cush­ion, $49.95, from

Free­dom.

Nava pouf in smoke, $99.99,

from Ez­iBuy.

Sherpa

cush­ion,

$139.90, from Wal­lace

Cotton.

Highland

throw,

$139.90, from Wal­lace Cotton.

Ma­ree

cush­ion,

$64.90, from Coun­try Road.

Kip & Co

vel­vet

cush­ion, $99, from Tea Pea.

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