COMFORT AND COLOUR Create a welcoming winter home
Use layers of plush, rich fabrics, creamy woods, and prints and patterns based on nature to create a softly comforting scheme with neutrals
Introduce beautiful weathered materials such as slubby linens and worn woods to create a welcoming, cosy cottage feel. Wall panelling in French Grey intelligent emulsion, £48.50/2.5L, Little Greene. Armchairs in Clarisse linen in Ivory, £15.19/m, Clarke & Clarke. Ekenaset chairs, £150 each, Ikea. Muse rug, from £110, Plantation Rug Company. Squeeze stool, £839, Heal’s. Copper mugs, £12 each; copper jug, £48; all Rowen & Wren
1 PICTURE THE SCENE
Impactful wall art works wonders to instantly change the feel of a room, but contrast a wintry landscape with warm woods and burnished metals to bring cosiness to a scheme.
Kunak Mountain with a Fog Bank wallhanging by Dunmore & Critcherson from The British Library Collection, from £130, Surface View
2 HAPPY PLACE
Bring an element of nature into your bedroom. Houseplants have a proven positive impact on our wellbeing, while dried flowers and grasses can bring a decorative element, and at the same time give a nod to warmer days.
Hush organic cotton duvet cover, from £95; Salon Mosaic cushion, £79; Checked blanket, £149;
Socket pendant and cone shade, £184; Plant box, £179; pouffe, £549; all Ferm Living
3 SOFT TOUCHES
Layering different textures is at the heart of a snug scheme, making it wonderfully inviting. Treat yourself to gorgeously chunky knit throws and heavy cotton and wool cushions, all in tones of the same colour for a cohesive look.
From left: Chambray Oxford pillowcase, £17; Sakura cushion, £50; Alea throw, £120; Etch cushion, £60;
Mira cushion, £50; Kita cushion, £50; all Murmur
Functional spaces such as home offices can often feel cold and unappealing, so consider adding texture and warmth. Hanging a generous window dressing to retain heat and prevent draughts, and swapping your desk chair for an upholstered one are simple changes that create a more snug feel.
Chair in Osumi cotton in Spruce; Curtain in Osumi cotton in Ocean and Osumi cotton in Hummingbird; all £47/m, Romo
THE LOOK OF LUXE
A velvet upholstered bed is a worthwhile investment at any time of year, but will really come into its own when winter sets in. A rich pile and luxurious deep colour will instantly bring warmth to a room, and when paired with velvet cushions in complementary tones, creates a simply stunning look. Beatrice bed with panelled headboard in Velvet Peridot Green, £1,341 for kingsize, Love Your Home
It goes without saying that warm throws should be close to hand during the colder months, so make a feature of them in your room by displaying them on a rocking chair or piling them up in a wicker basket. These beautiful designs are inspired by National Trust properties around the country and all profits support the charity’s conservation work. Blickling Botanical jacquard throw, £35; Ochre twill throw, £30; Grey Illusion throw, £35; Basket Weave cream throw, £35; all National Trust Shop