TURN UP THE TOASTINESS

The Mail on Sunday - You - - Snug As A Hug -

Bring in a pile of logs to add an in­stant rus­tic feel. No real fire? No prob­lem. Cre­ate a win­try dis­play in­stead by pil­ing them high in a bas­ket or stack­ing them un­der a low shelf.

Layer rugs – add warmth by mix­ing dif­fer­ent sizes and tex­tures to­gether to cover draughty floors. This is also a quick and easy way to con­nect open liv­ing spa­ces and ‘join’ rooms to­gether.

Bulk up your cur­tains by adding an­other layer of fab­ric or a ther­mal lin­ing. This will help to keep the warmth in, as well as re­duce win­ter heat­ing costs.

In­ject a jewel tone. A pop of rich colour – in the form of cush­ions or a blan­ket – gives an in­stant win­ter up­date.

Fluff up your fur­ni­ture. Sheep­skins over din­ing chairs will cosy up your win­ter meals.

Noth­ing says snug like an open fire or log burner. Cre­ate a fo­cal point in the room by angling fur­ni­ture to face it.

Dim the lights and em­brace the dark­ness with can­dle­light and lamps. Choose a win­try scented can­dle or room dif­fuser for the full sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence.

Cover your sofa or arm­chairs with wo­ven throws. Tuck in neatly for a chic take on the look.

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