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Wool throws and jewel-toned cushions: 8 under-€30 pieces to add winter warmth to your living room

Shut the curtains, light the fire and bed in for the evening with these cosy pieces.

TO QUOTE NED Stark, winter is coming. The darker evenings – combined with the fact that we’ll all be staying home a lot more than usual anyway – means our living rooms are going to be seeing a lot of action as 2020 draws to a close.

Whether it’s time to rethink the rattan chair that gives off summer vibes or reconfigure the lighting that doesn’t suit the longer evenings, one thing is certain, even small touches can make a difference. The right additions can serve up a positive and cosy atmosphere just before we hunker down for the colder weather.

From lighting and layering to pouffes and pots, we’ve rounded up eight new season pieces from around the internet that all fall under the €30 mark. These will add more warmth to your living room in no time…

1. Herringbone throw, €27, Marks & Spencer

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Nothing invites a cosy night in more than a blanket draped gracefully along the back of the couch. Choosing a neutral design and colour, like this herringbone one from Marks & Spencer, is guaranteed to suit any living room design while keeping things toasty on winter evenings. You might even save on the heating bill while you’re at it.

2. Antique-style storage pot, €23, Amara.com

Gold and other metallics will instantly warm up a space when teamed with the warm glows emitted from candles or the open fire. Keep this stainless steel storage pot from Amara.com close to the flames, so it reflects and doubles up the cosy light in your space.

3. Bell jar candle, €7, Penneys

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It’s no surprise that candles will instantly warm up a space, but drawing the eye to the flame is a smart move for extra cosiness. A bell jar or an interesting candle holder will make more of a show of their subtle glow, so a few of these sandalwood bell jar candles from Penneys would look great dotted across the mantelpiece.

4. Tassel cushion, €29.51, Dunnes Stores

Add a touch of luxe with some shiny soft furnishings that will counteract any hard surfaces that can seem a little cold and uninviting. This cushion from Dunnes Stores is available in gold or indigo with a gold trim and would be contrast against a leather chair or couch.

5. Velvet hot water bottle, €28.53, Oliver Bonas

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Not an interior piece per se, but this hot water bottle from Oliver Bonas is the perfect antidote to a cold evening. Its velvet finish and bee motif means it could be easily mistaken for a throw cushion, so keep it on the couch next to your warm blanket for the next duvet day.

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6. LED bulb, €27, April & The Bear

Warm, soft light emitted through a bare bulb can look industrial but it can still be cosy – especially as the evenings get darker earlier and more of us are working from home. This LED bulb from Aprilandthebear.com is an ideal task light to transition from day to night if the living room doubles up as a home office.

7. LUDDE rug, €29, IKEA

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This sheepskin-style rug will add texture and extra and an extra layer to the floor or a piece of furniture. If you have a window seat or a bench that runs along the dining table, a few of these LUDDE sheepskins from IKEA will up the cosy factor and add a nod to Nordics.

8. GISLEV Pouffe, €25, JYSK

Less clutter and soft finishes are two important elements to keep in mind when it comes to creating a warm and inviting space. Double duty pieces like this GISLEV pouffe from Jysk.ie is a godsend for putting your feet up after a long day, but it also works as a handy storage box to leave things out of sight and mind.

More: How to get your bedroom winter ready – from cosy comforters to laid-back lighting>

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