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Design Of The Day 5 – Warm And Cosy

The weekend is upon us and unless we are lucky, it could be turning a little cold (well it is September after all!) With this in mind and the knowledge that the colder half of the year is heading straight for us, we thought we would get you in the mood with some warm and cosy decorating ideas. Always make the most out of less than pleasurable weather! Besides, some of our best home memories are during these colder months when we dare not nip out into the rain – preferring to get snuggled up on the sofa in a secure and cosy environment.

· It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were handing out advice for cooling your interiors with lots of white décor and light fabrics. Those of you that took our advice will be wondering how to make it warmer again for the following months – without losing the neutral colour scheme that you are so fond of. It can’t be expected to have a complete makeover; it can be achieved though with a few easy updates. Make that stark white more bearable by using a little cream; painting the walls and perhaps fitting a thicker pair of cream curtains. Consider giving wood furniture a darker coat and accessorise with woven baskets, chunky styled cushions and throws in chocolate tones and a tufted rug. Oh – and light the fire!

· In the bedroom, chocolate and cream are a good look that is both restful and warm. You could make easy updates to add these colours to the bedroom; one such update would be to reupholster the bed-head with a luxurious brown suede fabric. If you really had a hand for all things craft then you could even add some beading around the bed-head with a warm metallic. Speaking of which, gold or bronze can also add warmth and cosiness when used in accents, duvet covers bedding or consider gold curtains for a touch of luxury this season. Dark woods would look best in this design for bedside tables or drawer units.

· In the bathroom, we associate cold nights with long hot baths – keep this in mind when you are trying to make the space more cosy. What we mean by this, is to try and make the bath the focal point of the room. Obviously a free-standing bath that is placed off the wall and central to the room is a winning look. Buying a new bath won’t be within everyone’s budget though; try fitting a wood panel to the bath or even use wooden Venetian blinds at the window behind the bath. A spicy coloured bath mat will also help to make the space warmer – display towels in the same colour and definitely assemble some scented candles around the room.

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