The Christmas decorations have been put away for another year, and my living room is looking sad and bare. It desperately needs some love and attention. I asked one of our interior designers, Annabel, for ideas to refresh a living area after Christmas. "Renew or replace just a couple of small things and you will revive it," she says. Here are her top five clever solutions for an instant room update.

1. Scatter and throw

Carnaby Sofa and Footstool

Scatter cushions provide the perfect opportunity to transform your living room without breaking the bank. Find some bright new cushions, and a contrasting throw, to instantly change the look of your room. A warm welcome means a super-soft, cosy throw draped invitingly over a chair, nothing says 'make yourself at home' better.

Tweeds and wools are cosy for the winter months, and come in some refreshing new colours. Our website is full of ideas.

Use two colours for scatters in different tones and textures.

For an innovative way to select your new scatter cushions, why not keep to just two colours in a range of tones, and contrast the textures. 

2. Floor show


Cargo Sofabed with a bright contemporary rug. We have a large selection of rugs in our showrooms.

A rug will quickly introduce new colours and make your living room feel updated with very little effort. Contemporary wood and stone floors are gorgeous, but do make rugs a necessity. We often find that a well-chosen rug brings a difficult room together. It will soften sounds and feel wonderful when walking barefoot. Place an interesting rug in front of your sofa, chair or fireplace, and see the difference it makes to the whole room.

3. Let there be light!

The Chichester Wine Rack makes a perfect home for a Burlington crystal lamp.

You’re coming home on a winter evening – through the window the warm glow from a beautiful interior invites you in. Annabel believes that lighting is the essential element in creating a warm and welcoming interior. Create pools of light in your living areas, from a variety of sources, to mimic the dappled light and shade that you see in nature, she recommends.

We have many interesting and unusual lamps on our website and many more in our showrooms. And of course, we love to give you ideas!

4. Make it a special occasion

Harrow Coffee Table with magazine shelf

Don't forget the impact of your occasional furniture - coffee and lamp tables, console tables and occasional chairs. Add something new... Change your coffee table for a more contemporary and stylish piece, like this woven rattan Harrow coffee table. The glass top and magazine shelf make it exceptionally practical too.

5. Declutter

Chichester 5' Sideboard

You can never have too much storage! Especially at this time of year – just one extra cupboard might solve your storage problems.

Our range of sideboards, dressers and bookcases are designed for contemporary living and country homes. Natural and painted oak sideboards, glazed and open dressers, wine racks and bookcases - all made by craftsmen with care and attention to detail. They look great, and solve a problem we all can recognise.

So, five brilliant ideas that won’t take too much time, and will give your living room a new lease of life during the cold winter months. Our website is full of photographs to inspire you when you need a quick boost of originality, and we are always available to help at the end of the phone.

We’ll ask our designers for more ideas to rejuvenate your home for the spring and summer soon. So watch this space!