That’s nice!

As the nights draw in, it’s time to cre­ate a cosy space you’ll be proud to show off

EDP Norfolk - - INSIDE - WORDS: Kate Houghton

Ideas to help you make your home gor­geous

NICE STRIPES

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

Join­ing forces

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

LIGHT FAN­TAS­TIC

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

Vel­vet un­der­ground

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

Yes, m’lord

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

BEAR NE­CES­SITY

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

WORD PLAY

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

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