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Interiors advice - Create cosy interiors with texture, colour and light

PUBLISHED: 12:27 18 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:27 18 December 2014

Create cosy interiors with texture, colour and light

Create cosy interiors with texture, colour and light

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Ross McDill explains how to create cosy interiors with texture, colour and light

Once the twinkle and sparkle of Christmas has been popped back in its box for another year, your living space can appear colder and less homely than you remember.

So, why not give your home a New Year makeover by experimenting with a splash of colour or a statement piece of furniture. Although there’s no denying it’s still winter, it’s important to inject a warm and cosy element into your home.

You can achieve this with tactile, textured upholstery. Try re-upholstering your favourite fireside armchair in soft velvet, linen or woollen plaid. Velvet in particular is a highly versatile fabric that can add real depth to your interior scheme all year round. The addition of a well-chosen rug in front of the hearth can also add a splash of colour and warmth underfoot.

You might be tempted to light up January days with new, bright lighting. But be careful not to overpower the room. Try low-level lighting and lanterns to create a warm glow. Dutch company Lights & Living has introduced a range of stylish copper standing lamps that contribute to the warming ambience. By adding a mirror over the fireplace, light will be reflected softly around the room. What’s more, a statement mirror offers a focal point and a feeling of symmetry.

Candles are always a welcome addition at this time of
the year, but look ahead to spring by choosing fresher fragrances like Narcissus and Clean Linen. With newly created space on the mantelpiece, a few lit candles add a minimalist, contemporary look. Alternatively, use an altar candle in a stylish hurricane glass or lantern for an extra designer touch.

Ross McDill is visual merchandiser at James Brindley, Harrogate www.jamesbrindley.com

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