Cheap and cheerful winter lounge makeovers

Make your home a place you'll want to cosy up and enjoy this winter with our cheap and cheerful living room makeover ideas.

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Snuggle up
Cosy throws and cushions are a great way to give your living room that winter feel. This year, bright colours are on trend, so why not add a splash of colour to a plain sofa with the Block Colour Throw from John Lewis (£50) or Chunky Knitted Throws from Sainsbury's (£25), available in rich navy, red and purple hues.

Animal motifs continue to be a major design trend - look out for stags, foxes, hares and birds. have a gorgeous Stag's Head Cushion in warm chocolate and cranberry colours (£20), or, for a cheaper alternative, update an old cushion with a Catherine Lansfield Stag Head Cover (£6.99), available from Meanwhile, Marks & Spencer are stocking a fabulous Fox Print Cushion for just £15.

A cosy glow
Soft lighting can do wonders for your mood when the cold winter sets in. If you're not blessed with the natural warm glow of an open fire, invest in some lamps and lights to achieve a similar effect.

The Twigs Floor Lamp from BHS (£25) is a very reasonably priced bamboo lamp that will give your lounge a touch of nature; or create the romance of a North African evening by popping a candle into the Stainless Steel Moroccan Lantern from Telling Tales (£28.95).

Get rugged up
Rugs are a great way to add warmth to a room. For the softness of deep pile, try the Alhede rug from Ikea (£100), or go global with the Persisk Kelim Gashgai flatwoven rug (£200), also from Ikea. Folk charm is also on trend right now - which makes Marks & Spencer's Caravan Round Rug (£129) a great buy.

Brighten up
Bright peacock colours and deep blues are big in the world of interior design this year - so be brave and opt for colour (the wallpaper and accessories in the image above are from If you're short on cash, just wallpapering one wall in a strong design can make all the difference.

If you can't face doing DIY, a wall hanging can add an instant focal point to a room. Myakka sell a fabulous range of Indian wall hangings that are crafty and colourful, like the Fine Motri Ari Wall Hanging (£69.95) or the cheaper Red Wedding Patchwork Wall Hanging for just £34.95.

With a bit of colour and a few well chosen accessories you can instantly change the look and feel of your living room - and make it somewhere you'll want to spend time this winter.
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