Winter decorating ideas to banish the cold

Looking to cosy up this winter? There are plenty of ways to turn up the heat when it comes to decorating over the cold months

Nothing brightens up a long winter more than an enticing, warm and sumptuous home. Making sure your property is well insulated and draught-free is a must, but there are also plenty of ways to update your scheme using texture, colour, lighting and visual tricks to banish the cold and create a feeling of warmth and cosiness. It's all about winter decorating.

living room with wallpaper on wall armchair and fireplace

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In this living room, layers of texture, colour and pattern all add up to create a cosseting scheme. Generous full-length wool curtains help to insulate the room, and their natural colour ties in with the striped rug, preventing the scheme from feeling too heavy. Patterned paisley wallpaper in a rich chocolate brown adds a cosy but elegant feel, perfect for winter evenings, while pattern draws the eye. A warm throw and soft firelight completes the look.

living room sofa set with cushion and wallpaper on wall

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Take your cue from Scandinavian styling and opt for layers of white and cream to build an indoor winter landscape. Keep the look soft with faux fur rugs and throws, comfortable pouffes and plenty of tactile cushions. Including a striking winter artwork like this one will bring the outside in for cosy appeal - minus the cold...

living room dinning table with chair and fireplace

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Make the fireplace a focal point. This dining area benefits from a great combination of natural daylight from unadorned windows combined with the ambient glow of an open-fire. A sofg rug underfoot and plenty of cushions and crisp table linen provides a cosy feel.

bedroom fireplace and armchair with cushion

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Cosy up a bedroom with plenty of soft neutrals. The key for a winter look is to go for heavier textures such as wool, cashmere, faux fur, velvets and thick linens, building up several layers. Make the bed the focal point with plenty of subtle pattern and a warm throw. Carry the look through with a welcoming blanket-laden occasional chair. In this scheme, hints of gold, elegant candles and a roaring fire complete the look.


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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.