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3 fun ways to style your living room like a pro

How to make your home a welcoming retreat this winter with affordable styling ideas and a few clever tricks

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As the weather cools and we spend more time inside with our loved ones, it’s natural to want to make your place a cosy space to retreat to this winter.

That’s why creating a comfortable, warm environment is so important. The Warehouse has done the hard work for us and has everything we could possibly need to live cosy for less. A few simple seasonal switches and some considered styling is all it takes.

The Warehouse lead designer Jade Turner believes this room is the “soul of any home, it’s where you want to relax with a cup of tea, watch your favourite show, spend time with the family, or just read a book.”

By keeping the key pieces of furniture the same and switching up decor, it’s easy to go from a Scandi look for maximum hygge, to a colourful, energetic feel and on to an easy boho theme.

“That’s why, with our new winter range, we’ve created affordable pieces that you can seamlessly add to your existing furniture.” The easiest and best value switches to make are plush cushions, a  sumptuous floor rug, decorative on-trend objects and eye-catching art on the walls.

Scandi cool
For this monochromatic Scandi look, start with the Tulsa sofa. Its compact size makes it ideal for small spaces. Then layer textured cushions – “the rule of thumb is to always decorate in odd
numbers as it creates visual interest,” says Jade –  wool-mix throws, a seagrass storage basket, a Highland cow artwork and some foraged pine cones to finish the look.

 

The look is anchored by the elegant, textured rug, which looks like a rug you might pay thousands for, but is affordable, starting at $149. “Rugs can help unify your living room and all the furniture within it. Here, size really does matter,” says Jade. “Use the largest size that will fit your space and ensure that the couch and chair legs will sit on it.”

Colour and boho options

By keeping the neutral Tulsa sofa, coffee tables, occasional chair and floor lamp and swapping out the room’s accessories such as the rug, art, throw and cushions for brighter, more saturated  versions, you can easily achieve a dynamic and colourful living space.

 

And when it comes to creating a carefree boho look, sub in super-soft wool-mix throws, faux sheepskins, a generous number  of cushions, soft pink and green tones on the floor, plants and even a second rug for a chilled-out vibe.

 

The Warehouse winter homeware range is available now.  Shop online at thewarehouse.co.nz or at your local store.

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