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Take your lead from the Scandinavians and guard your home against the season’s darkest days with these snug looks and bright ideas for your cosiest winter yet

Find your comfort zone

Dark evenings and chilly weather call for serious interiors action. The good news is, there are plenty of easy, affordable ways to make your home a snug sanctuary. Cosiness is all about comfort, so surround yourself with plenty of cushions, and always keep a throw on your favourite armchair for extra warmth on demand. Mix textures and patterns aplenty, but stick to shades that complement each other – try greys and creams for a modern, Scandi-inspired aesthetic.

Top tip: Cushions aren’t just for sofas. Pile some up on a rug or a wide windowsill and you’ll have your very own comfy reading corner (that’s if the cat doesn’t bag it first).

Keep things bright

Lighting is key to a cosy home, changing the atmosphere of a whole room at the flick of a switch. For a soft, warm glow, use floor lights and table lamps instead of harsh overhead lighting. Try hanging pendants low over a kitchen island or dining table for a welcoming place to eat and to mark out your dining zone. For true cosiness, nothing beats candlelight – group lanterns you love on a table or mantelpiece for an easy way to brighten things up.

Top tip: Banish winter blues using home fragrance with a rich or spicy scent – look for sandalwood, cedar or cinnamon (or whatever gives you that inner glow).

Layer up

Whether it’s for early nights, long lie-ins or pyjama parties, our bedrooms become even more important in autumn and winter. Make yours a super-snug space to retreat to with layer upon layer of cosy bedding, throws and cushions. Kit out your bedside table with soft lighting, a carafe of water and a good book so you can hibernate undisturbed (well, until the kids find you).

Top tip: Lots of lightweight layers are better than one big one – that way, you can layer up or down to just the right level of snugness. Try our clever all-seasons duvets for the best of both worlds.

Home editor: Jo Caulkett