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The 3+1 rule for a cosier home

Sometimes we aren't quite sure how to furnishing a home so that it feels warm and cosy and makes us feel at ease.

If we imagine a house with these characteristics, a cabin in the woods with a burning fireplace whilst drinking a cup of steaming tea is typically what comes to mind. Although we're not lucky enough to wake up in a cosy cabin in the woods every day, achieving a similar feel in our own homes is much easier than you think, if you know how to use textiles to help.

The 3+1 rule

Textiles are the easiest way to transform a space with on a budget, as well as to get the cosy effect we are looking for. However, matching textiles to create a space fit for a magazine is not such an easy task.

To make it easier, we can follow the 3+1 rule.

1. Start with the basics

This step is pretty simple. Choose the most basic cushion that fits with the colour scheme of our space.

2. Define the style

In this step we add some fabric that stands out from the cushion we chose in step one, either by choosing a contrasting material (for example, velvet for the basic and cotton for the style) or adding some geometric shapes, such as squares, polka dots or stripes, to our cushion.

3. Make a statement

This is where we can go wild and include embroidery, contrasting colours, different fabrics in one piece etc.

4. The blanket (+1)

In this case the +1 is the blanket or throw, a vitally important accessory for making your evenings on the couch or your naps in bed as inviting as possible. This autumn you can add blankets of different thicknesses, sizes and materials such as wool or recycled polyester.

Complement the rule of 3+1

Curtains

Curtains steal the show in any room. A home cannot be called a home until the windows are dressed with curtains. They make a perfect addition to the 3+1 rule where you can mix and match fabrics and colours to your liking, and they also help maintain the temperature of the room and help you save on your electricity bill.

Rugs

Although not quite as good as a flying carpet, at home we'll make do with the warm rugs that will let us walk barefoot around our homes this winter.

Rugs are essential for adding warmth to a cold floor or a framing a space in a room. Carpets in ochre and brown tones will add a natural touch to the decor, in tune with the neutral tones of autumn.

Rugs

Although not quite as good as a flying carpet, at home we'll make do with the warm rugs that will let us walk barefoot around our homes this winter.

Rugs are essential for adding warmth to a cold floor or a framing a space in a room. Carpets in ochre and brown tones will add a natural touch to the decor, in tune with the neutral tones of autumn.