Now that autumn/winter is fast approaching, it’s time to pack away the summer duvet and ready your sleep space for chillier nights...

The guys at Barker and Stonehouse know a thing or two about bridging the gap between cosy and chic, so if you’re unsure of how to makeover your boudoir for the colder months, why not follow their top tips. Time to take shelter and hunker down!


When autumn arrives, we all feel the need to hibernate. Make sure you get the best night’s sleep possible with a spacious and comfy bed. A king size frame, or larger, will ensure you have enough space to stretch out and relax at night. For extra comfort, a velvet bed frame adds sumptuous softness.


Fend off the cold weather in style with a blanket of warming hues. From your walls to your textiles, loading up on jewel tones like sapphire, emerald and ruby will give a sense of cocooning comfort. Not sold on bold? Darker shades help to inspire an intimate atmosphere that you’ll long to escape to on drab days, while timeless neutrals like beige and taupe are undeniably calming.


Avoid the harsh glare of an overpowering ceiling light. Instead, opt for multiple sources spread around the room to create a custom ambience that suits your mood. If your textures aren’t dimmable, task lighting in the form of floor and table lamps allows you more control over luminosity. Just be sure to fit warm white bulbs for a soft glow.


Surround yourself with rich textiles and finishes. Upholstered furniture in plush fabric creates instant snugness and can be complemented by natural wood and gold metallic accents for extra warmth. Complete the look with chunky throws, plump cushions and a luxurious rug.


Don’t ignore your nose. As well as creating a flickering glow that makes you want to cuddle up under the covers, candles can set the scene with their scent. Try woody options like fir, amber and cedar, or those with spicy, festive aromas of cinnamon, gingerbread or fig. Perfect for winter.


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