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PUBLISHED: 22:10 26 November 2015 | UPDATED: 22:10 26 November 2015

Rich colours and fabrics give an opulence to this winter sitting room

Rich colours and fabrics give an opulence to this winter sitting room

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Create a cosy winter sitting room, with advice from Lanassir Lawes, our expert interior designer from Bressingham

The evenings are getting colder and as we approach the festive season we start to use our homes differently, aspiring to cosier spaces. Many of us will be entertaining, and rooms that go unused for most of the year become the focal point of the home. Generally the preferred way of living at the moment, and a current trend with house builders, is for an open plan kitchen, dining and family space, often with glass bi-fold doors leading to the garden, which works so well in the lighter, brighter months but may not be cosy enough for winter. If this is the only living area I always advise clients to balance the hard surfaces of the kitchen area with warm textiles in the other parts of the room such as velvets, wools and deep pile rugs.

In homes with an additional separate reception room, you can create a winter sitting room - this may sound ostentatious, but in reality it is just lovely to have a cosy snug that feels warm and inviting when relaxing after a busy day.

This sitting room that I have created in a rural farmhouse has been designed to be a formal room for after dinner drinks but also as a place where the owner can sit by the fire and read alone.

The beamed walls have been painted in Bordeaux, a deep red from the Zoffany paint collection, to create a cocooning effect in what is quite a large space. The low ceilings with no void between them and the floor above made lighting from above impossible, so antique-style bronze wall lights fitted with squirrel cage bulbs and brass picture lights for a soft glow around the perimeter of the room.

The reclaimed parquet flooring has been laid in a herringbone pattern with a shaggy wool rug laid on top for warmth. A leather chair and deep-buttoned Chesterfield complement the large velvet sofa that blends into the colour of the walls. Sumptuous interlined curtains made from an Andrew Martin fabric that has a natural sack-like base cloth with velvet ribbon and bronze beading hang from Silent Gliss Metropoles with a simple wave heading.

The room is a real fusion of textures and a rich colour palette that makes it the perfect place for festive celebrations.

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