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Update your home for the season – cosy leaves

When Anita got in touch to say she wasn’t sure how to make her kitchen feel soft and cosy for the new season, we had a few tricks up our sleeve.

A favourite accessory in your home can often be a good starting point for a simple makeover. In Anita’s case it was country-style egg box perfect for gathering the produce from her very own hens. So we decided to use the warm red from this box as a starting point for her kitchen update.

The simple units and brown, black and cream tiles mean the window could take a bold design. We chose a red Roman blind, our Retro Leaves Red Roman fabric, which ties all different parts of the kitchen together beautifully.

With blind in place and with a £20 budget we hit the shops to find the perfect accessories to finish off the look.

Red Kitchen Roman blind

We picked up a pretty poinsettia for a splash of festive cheer, along with an artificial flower display for when the Christmas period has been and gone. We finished off the window sill with an ochre coloured tea light holder to add a glimmer of something special as the light shines through.

Red Kitchen Roman blind close up

And there we have it – a pretty little display to add a touch of cosiness to Anita’s window and whole kitchen. But there was one thing left… A tiny felt star hanging from the window handle. It’s a lovely touch that Anita can bring out as Christmas gets closer, to add a little festivity for the Christmas period. And after we’d bought all our accessories, we still had some coins left over.

Red Kitchen Roman blind

So what does Anita think? “I love the Roman blind fabric – it’s so beautiful and makes the kitchen look so homely. The accessories pick up on all the colours, and the festive poinsettia finishes off the look wonderfully.”

Our top tips for cosy feel

– Go for leafy fabrics for a soft feel

– Warm reds, oranges and browns are the perfect partners for a cosy space

– Choose artificial flowers for all-year-round cheeriness

– Mix materials, such as cotton, felt and wood, for a three-dimensional effect