Festive tips for a cosy Christmas

28 November, 2016

If you aren’t snuggling up in front of a roaring fire in a pair of oversized socks with a steaming mug of cocoa during the depths of winter, something’s gone wrong. Add in a sprinkle of festive magic and you’ve got the perfect formula for a cosy Christmas, but how to create that enchantment though? Besides heaps of seasonal décor, the right colours and textures can add just that. The living space is the epicentre of Christmas and transforming it can help create that cosy ambience that makes this time of year so special. Here’s how:

Festive fabrics

Velvet

This super sophisticated trend has trotted straight off the catwalk and into living rooms this year. Saved no longer just for party frocks and dancing shoes, velvet is the new go-to fabric for winter. Damson, emerald green or midnight blue are just some of the rich colours that showcase velvet as its best, instantly lifting a room to a new luxe height. Go big with a statement sofa or subtle with full length curtains.

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Tartan

Christmas is no stranger to tartan, having long been synonymous with traditional festive style and an easy way to inject a slither of colour into a room. Pair with a masculine wing-back chair, pine cone garland and stag print cushions to complete the Highland-inspired look.

Faux fur

There’s nothing like the tempting lure of faux fur on a cold winter’s evening. Though it’s at its best in cool grey and crisp snow white, this fabric never fails to add warmth to a room. Soft rugs keep toes toasty, particularly if you have wooden flooring. A pile of oversized cushions won’t be out of place in a cosy living room and don’t forget to drape a faux fur throw on your sofa which can add an easy elegance to any space – and is great for curling up in.

faux fur blanket

Cable knits

Hands up those who love a chunky knit in winter? When you’re not wearing them, use them to update your living room for a seriously cosy Christmas feel. Why not go all out and upgrade an armchair or just add heaps of textured cushions to your sofa?

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Christmas colours

Copper and rose gold

Let this dynamic duo of metallic shades rule your living room this Christmas. While dominating colour palettes all year round, they are also a beautiful alternative to traditional festive silver and gold hues. Plus, a metallic touch can effortlessly lift a neutral room from cold to warm.

Red

Timeless red will never go out of festive fashion. The colour of Christmas can easily be paired with white, cream or gold to create a space so inviting, you won’t be able to resist sinking into your sofa and putting your feet up in front of a crackling fire.

Green and white

These two simple colours evoke festive thoughts, with a nod to Scandi-style, too. But we’re not talking about olive or lime shades that wouldn’t have been lost in the 70s, rather deep emeralds reminiscent of lush forests. Team with natural wooden accessories to nail the Nordic look.

Christmas crafts

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