As the nights draw in, it’s time to create a cosy space you’ll be proud to show off
Ideas to help you make your home gorgeous
Bold is beautiful and when you’re seeking to create a wow factor in your sitting room you could do no better than look to your flooring. Balance the bold pattern with block colour and accessorise with subtler shades of pale – and avoid all hint of pattern in the rest of the décor, or restful it will not be.
Boston Stripe carpet in lavender, £11.99m2, carpetright.co.uk
The new collaboration between Thomas Sanderson and Harlequin offers over 120 fabrics including velvets, soft linens and delicate embroideries, creating a truly bespoke finish for your windows. Expect stunning bespoke curtains, roman blinds and cushions.
Pictured Flores Rust, prices start at £461 W127cm x D137cm, thomas-sanderson.co.uk
WARM UP ACT
Warm colours impart a sense of cosy pleasure even on the greyest of days. Piling up layers of wool rugs in winter was a device used by those generations who lived without central heating – although this gorgeous thing is rather one on its own: an original 1900s hand-woven Native American Navajo rug, which we certainly wouldn’t be prepared to layer less beautiful rugs on top of.
Dazzler, £3,112, wildeones.com
When it’s dark by 4pm, lighting is absolutely key to staving off dreary thoughts. Create a warm and cosy ambience with lamps that throw their light up, rather than pendants that flat-light the whole room. And while you’re at it, why not consider a seriously wow piece like this? We think it’s the cat’s whiskers. Sitting leopard floor lamp, £755, audenza.com
If you’re seeking something that screams winter luxe, then velvet has to be the answer. Make sure you choose a rich, deep shade for midwinter moments of pure luxury. When summer comes, lift the mood with a scatter of pretty cushions – easy! Balfour 3-seater sofa in Forest Green velvet, £2,340, sweetpeaandwillow.com
ALL YOU NEED IS…
Not every room is ready for a top-to-bottom makeover (and not every room owner prepared to undertake one), but it’s a simple matter to put a new spin on old décor with a pile-up of new cushions just for the winter months.
Hand embroidered Love pop art cushions, £98, janconstantine.com
STICK WITH TRADITION
Nothing says classic like a traditional leather Chesterfield sofa. Make sure you spend lots and lots of time on it to give it that lush lived-in look. Charlie leather Chesterfield, £1,845, modishliving.co.uk
LIGHT MY FIRE
Who doesn’t love the flicker of real flames, and with stoves so much more economical than open fires (and so much easier to clean!) who wouldn’t want this beautiful thing in their sitting room? Arada Farringdon Eco-stove in Mist, from £1,245, aradastoves.com
Armchairs with wings may have been designed first to keep draughts from tender ears, but they still fit quite beautifully into today’s interiors – especially when given a modern makeover by Sir Terence Conran, no less.
Duchess armchair, from £1,395, contentbyterenceconran.com
A chair that resembles nothing more than a polar bear might not work in every sitting room, but we can’t help but adore it. Completely covered in ivory-toned British sheepskin, this might be the perfect spot from which to watch Ski Sunday. Polar bear chair, £2,499, baastool.co.uk
MONEY WELL SPENT
These cushions are not only about as warm and snugly as you could imagine, but are made from the skins of alpaca that have died naturally, giving the Peruvian alpaca herders an income from animals that would otherwise be lost to them.
Aviva Stanoff Suri alpaca cushions in Desert Rose, £210, charltonisland.com
Is it just me, or is winter all about curling up in a warm corner with a good book and a mug of hot wine? Throw in a ginger biscuit and it’s heaven on earth. A good book needs to be well lit, of course, and this lamp has rather caught the eye.
Gatsby drum shade, £149, decoville.co.uk