Go big on style and comfort as the days grow shorter – these handy hacks will have you embracing the colder months in no time.
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Layer by layer
The key to staying cosy as temperatures plummet is to make a few simple but impactful tweaks to your interiors. Layer tactile throws and cushions for warmth and interest, drape sheepskin rugs on dining chairs, infuse rooms with pops of rich colour and add the soft glow of candlelight. For a contemporary take on the traditional Welsh blanket, check out Neptune’s Eira throw (£200) and scatter cushions (£80 each), which add a geometric twist to a classic look. “Texture is an important aspect of your decorating whatever the weather,” says Nicky Line, Neptune’s product director (neptune.com). “But winter is the time to really focus on textural appeal. Think deep pile rugs, boucle and twill cushions and luxe wool blankets. A thick weave looks invitingly cosy during the colder months.”
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Colour-rich walls are immediately appealing, so consider jewel tones such as berry reds and forest greens for a cosseting feel. If that seems like too big a commitment, add rich colour pops through the clever use of fabric – we love the vibrant Whitaker Stool in Bernard Thorp (£1,200; kdloves.com).
In bedrooms, ramp up the comfort factor with John Lewis & Partners’ weighted blanket (from £60) made from pure cotton and filled with weighted glass beads for an even pressure across your body as you sleep (johnlewis.com).
Mix it up
As we tend to retreat to our homes more during the winter, focus your attention on the dining area too, to encourage evenings spent lingering around the table. “For informal dining and a pared back look, ditch the tablecloth and mix and match your tableware,” suggests Philippa Prinsloo, Head of Design, Home, at John Lewis & Partners. “Add coloured linen napkins and fabric placemats for texture and use sharing platters that can double up as centre pieces.”
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For comfort underfoot, this season’s on-trend carpet designs promise warmth-factor plus style. Opt for a wool-rich blend for added insulation and for its eco-credentials. We love Carpetright’s dramatic Columbus Houndstooth in Mono (£32.99 per square metre; carpetright.co.uk), perfect for making a statement while retaining a timeless air. If you have a woodburning stove, consider upgrading to a new-generation model which features superior EcoDesign Ready environmental efficiency – try Morsø’s Badger (£1,099), which can burn wood, briquettes and a variety of smokeless fuels (morsoe.com).
Images: Iggy Box; From The Post House
Bear in mind too that it’s the small touches that make all the difference. Consider a candle subscription from Iggy Box, which specialises in natural, eco-friendly scented candles from a host of artisan makers, delivered to your door once a month (from 12.95; iggybox.co.uk). And for a spoiling treat, From The Post House (fromtheposthouse.com) provides beautiful boxes of curated products to style the home each season, via subscription, or for one-off gifting (from £85). This winter, boxes feature porcelain decorations for the Christmas tree, hand-made seasonal notecards, a hand-thrown stoneware pot for displaying bunches of foraged holly, brass candle holders and velvet ribbon, all inspired by dramatic, wintry beauty of the Scottish Highlands.
Article written by Emma J Page