Warm up for winter

With the weather getting cooler and the days shorter, now is a great time to give your home a cosy makeover to create a sanctuary for winter. Get the look with Autumn tones, country checks and tactile fabrics with a touch of the traditional.

This is a look that is relaxed and informal, where you immediately feel at home, urging you to snuggle up and feel comfortable. It’s also low maintenance, as it’s meant to have a lived-in look.

If you can stretch to it, install a wood-burning stove – you won’t regret it! There are so many around now to choose from, to fit all size homes and it’s an instant way to warm up your rooms and create a welcoming focal point. You could even add a thick wood mantel for a rustic look.

Start with the basics and paint walls in soft cream, or for something more on-trend, use a wood-effect wallpaper, it looks like realistic planks of wood and gives a fantastic log cabin look. Then for furniture such as coffee and side tables, choose wood, in warm mid tones rather than Scandi-pale. Alternatively, antique-style leather or wooden trunks could double up as tables and provide a great storage solution too.

Sofas and armchairs have got to be squashy and comfortable, choose from butter-soft leather in tan or chocolate, or fabric - heavy cream cotton or linen works well. Choose plain fabrics or traditional patterns of plaid, tartan and tweed, or mix the two – have a plain sofa and a checked armchair. Or for a more sophisticated look, choose tactile velvet – so fashionable this year.

Then add accessories – this is where you can really go to town and add colour. Choose a palette of Autumnal tones of brick, russet, ochre, camel and moss to create a really cosy feel with lots of cushions and throws for an extra layer of warmth. Choose chunky knits, or knitted-effect accessories! Animal motifs work well too. To complement a rich colour palette like this, copper or other warm metals are an important highlight adding glow and shine. Look for lanterns and candle holders that may be trimmed with it. Whether you have wooden floors or carpet, choose a rug to add colour and texture and to ‘anchor’ the room, and choose a design in one of your accent colours. Texture is important, so include baskets in your scheme, great by the fire for logs, and add a traditional large clock on the wall. Place table lamps to give a warm, atmospheric glow rather than harsher overhead lights, and of course this look wouldn’t be complete without twinkling candlelight, on the mantelpiece, coffee table and side tables. Then settle down with a glass of the hard stuff in a chunky tumbler such as the Dimple Old Fashioned or a large glass of red in the Wine Master Burgundy Red Wine glass, from Dartington of course!