Snug as a hug: Clever ways to cosy up your living space

Play with texture…

Transform your bedroom into a boutique-hotel-style boudoir by making clever use of texture.

Bed, £3,999; bedlinen, from £28; cashmere cushion (left), £99; cushion, £129, and throw, £269, both Iiiik Into Oy; tables, £397 each, Mater; Small tray, £58, Phil Cuttance; vase, £55; pendant, £860, Northern, and rug, £639, Linie Design, all Image: Paul Raeside


  • Build up multiple layers. For an easy way to work the trend, pile on the cushions and throws, using different textures and tonal shades.
  • Introduce touchy-feely furniture such as the sheepskin Fox chair from Habitat or the latest Bethan Gray collection at Anthropologie.
  • Look for natural materials such as jute rugs, sheepskin and hessian wallpaper.


  • Go overboard with pattern – this look is about tonal texture, not clashing prints.
  • Limit yourself to soft furnishings.
  • Ceramics and wood are also clever ways to add texture.
  • Forget about your walls. Textured paint – such as the Craig & Rose Artisan Stone Effect range at – adds depth to a room. For a quick update, opt for a woven wall hanging; or, for a bold statement, hang a floor rug.
Laundry basket, £100; throw, £120; bench, £295; rug, £350; cushions from top: cream, £55; pile, £55; wool, £50, and grey, £75, all

…and warm up with wood and sheepskin

Sheepskin rug, £59.99,

Wall hanging, £209,

Wooden bowl, £123.50,

Vases, £46 (left) and £32,

Cabinet, £1,595,

Get your nature hit…

…in the comfort of your home. You can hibernate without feeling cooped up! Here’s how.

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5 ways to add a breath of fresh air

  • Create a green wall using winter’s go-to paint colours, such as Jewel Beetle at or Amsterdam Green at
  • Use natural flooring. If stripped wooden floorboards aren’t an option in your home, try for a wide range of engineered boards or faux-wood vinyls.
  • Bring in forest-print fabrics and wallpaper – sells bold wall murals. Or try an abstract fabric, such as the Norrland collection from, for fresh ways to incorporate woodland patterns in your home.
  • Go wild for indoor greenery. Brighten up your surfaces with house plants – a mix of real and artificial work well together. Find a wide range
    of faux foliage at
  • Incorporate textured wooden furniture – has a great range of sideboards and dining tables.
Sideboard, £699; faux fig tree, £69; bowl, £6; vase, £19.50; table and two-bench set, £499; throw, £39.50; hexagon-print cushion, £29.50; bird cushion, £17.50; plants, from £9.50; dinner plate, £5; side plate, £5; cereal bowls, £4 and £8; teapot, £19.50; jug, £25; mug, £4, and rug, from £179, all

On the woodland trail

Cushion, £95,

Forest-scented candle, £29,

Plate, £4.99, H&M

Wooden baskets, from £19.99,

Velvet bedspread, £225,

Wooden sideboard, £499,

Turn up the toastiness

A log fire, warming palette and textured furniture will keep you feeling the glow in the winter months.

Chair, £1,200; footstool, £599; cushion, £40; rug, £550, and floor lamp, £175, all
  • 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.

4 rustic log baskets

Wire, £14.50,

Woven, £24.99,

Rattan, £25,

Wood and brass, £415,

Report by Jennifer Haslam