Before you turn up the thermostat, think of the luxurious, alternative ways of turning your home into a comforting cocoon. Low-tech solutions offer a seasonal makeover while saving on energy costs.
With draughty floors, doors and windows accounting for between 30-40 per cent of heat lost, it’s worth sealing up gaps in floors and skirting boards with filler. Then you can concentrate on the fun stuff.
Curtains are the most attractive way of stopping heat escaping from windows. Triple-lined curtains — with an extra layer of cotton wool sandwiched inside — may seem indulgent, but a little expense saves in the long run. They also hang beautifully, appearing plump and sumptuous.
For a pop of colour and heritage, Welsh wool blankets, especially those by Blodwen (www.blodwen.com) in 18th-century geometric designs give the bedroom a modern and jazzy look for £345. Jen Jones (www.jen-jones.com) sells tapestry and plaid antique weaves from £55-£260.
Good-quality cashmere can be eight times warmer than conventional wool. The Conran Shop (www.conranshop.co.uk) sells an exquisite Arran 100 per cent cashmere throw in jewel colours for £695.
The National Energy Foundation says uninsulated floors account for up to 10 per cent of heat loss. For funky rugs at fun prices, try Habitat (www.habitat.co.uk). Its new Sixties-style orange Flokati deep-pile rug is £395. For Jazz-Age elegance, the Designers Guild Eberson Cobalt rug is £1,145 at Occa (www.occa-home.co.uk).