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 heals.com. Image: Paul Raeside

DO

  • 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.

DON’T

  • 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 homebase.co.uk – 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 habitat.co.uk

…and warm up with wood and sheepskin

Sheepskin rug, £59.99, very.co.uk

Wall hanging, £209, panono.co.uk

Wooden bowl, £123.50, scp.co.uk

Vases, £46 (left) and £32, heals.com


Cabinet, £1,595, loaf.com

Get your nature hit…

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

GAUJA MURAL, £36 per sq m, muralswallpaper.co.uk. For a similar bath, see soak.com, and for a similar wooden towel ladder, try habitat.co.uk

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 littlegreene.com or Amsterdam Green at anniesloan.com.
  • Use natural flooring. If stripped wooden floorboards aren’t an option in your home, try quick-step.co.uk for a wide range of engineered boards or faux-wood vinyls.
  • Bring in forest-print fabrics and wallpaper –surfaceview.co.uk sells bold wall murals. Or try an abstract fabric, such as the Norrland collection from villanova.co.uk, 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 abigailahern.com.
  • Incorporate textured wooden furniture – swooneditions.com 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 marksandspencer.com

On the woodland trail

Cushion, £95, heals.com

Forest-scented candle, £29, trouva.com

Plate, £4.99, H&M

Wooden baskets, from £19.99, zarahome.com

Velvet bedspread, £225, toa.st

Wooden sideboard, £499, swooneditions.com

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 johnlewis.com
  • 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, nisbets.co.uk

Woven, £24.99, gltc.co.uk

Rattan, £25, ikea.co.uk

Wood and brass, £415, anothercountry.com

Report by Jennifer Haslam