Berry beautiful rooms

We're all in need of a bit of cheer as cold winds bite, and rooms that glow with rich, deep reds and plum berry shades, with a few luxe touches, will make all the difference to our mood.

Red Pom Pom Throw, £24.99, Dunelm

We're all in need of a bit of cheer as cold winds bite, and rooms that glow with rich, deep reds and plum berry shades, with a few luxe touches, will make all the difference to our mood.

This colour palette is a perennial favourite, and adding even one of these shades via small details is an easy way to update a decor scheme.

"Statement home accessories in berry and plum tones create a sumptuous, regal feel in the home at Christmas," says Abigail Bomford, head of design at Asda.

"Use jewellery for the home - rugs, vases, lamps, cushions or throws - perfect for creating an opulent and warm ambience, particularly in the bedroom or living room."

These rich tones, which have found favour in our wardrobes, also work well as accent colours on a feature wall, she advises, especially paired with an understated, neutral colour palette.

Interior designer, Joanna Wood, agrees that these jewel shades have the power to enrich decor and conjure drama and atmosphere.

"The key to achieving a rich interior scheme without overdoing it, is to get the correct balance of dark ruby and purple colours for the room," she says.

"Work towards a smarter, more sophisticated scheme with a focal wall in light berry hues, a safe alternative to black. If you want to tone down the effect, contrast with pale creams and perhaps russet, cranberry or scarlet reds, in alcoves or a feature wall, in dining rooms.

"Natural materials - deep brown leather furniture and deep plum or red cushions and throws - are the key ingredients for a sensual, soothing sanctuary."

Enjoy merry berry decor delights at home that will last long beyond the festive season.

Red berry recipe

Red is the colour of passion and friendliness and, of course, the signature colour of Christmas, so it's perfectly suited to warming cold winter rooms.

"An infusion of warm red lifts neutral shades and if you simply use bursts of the colour in room details you'll ensure you're not overpowered by the shade," says Carole Brown, director of marketing at Dunelm.

"Complement a red scheme with metallics for a touch of glamour and sophistication, and feature mirrors and glassware for essential sparkle."

  • Best berry buys: Dunelm's a super source for red homeware, especially if you're on a budget.

Cosy bedrooms are essential for hibernating and relaxing after exhausting shopping trips, and it wouldn't break the bank to indulge in its bright red and white spot pattern, Rose and Ellis Oakley Collection Duvet Cover Set, from £34.99.

Plunder the store's wealth of gorgeous accessories, which includes a Large Ruby Table Lamp, £9.99, Rose Floral Cushion, £6.99, red Knitted Pom Pom Throw, £24.99, and 100% Egyptian Cotton Towels, from 99p.

The Velvet Lab's Fado Oval Stool in red velvet, £189.08, could make a luxurious perch.

Merry berry buys: No room for a tree? No problem! A red and green No Fuss Christmas Tree wall sticker, £7, Oliver Bonas, is an easy answer. Dress a stair bannister with strands of ivy, real or fake, and ruby red fabric decorations, the Nicholas collection, £20 for a set of 12, Neptune. Large Red Honeycomb paper Baubles, £9 for a set of three, Talking Tables.

The colour purple

Embrace your home's dark side with evocative shades of deep aubergine through to light heather, which partner well with those on trend colours, faded pink and greys.

"Shades of plum bring interest and depth to a room and will effortlessly 'pop' against an understated background," says Ian Bissett, design director at Multiyork.

"A statement piece of furniture in a berry colour upholstery is a good investment - choosing a patterned fabric will enliven a plain scheme - as these shades feature strongly in next year's home collections.

"Combine a mix of the shades in accessories to tie the look together, and ensure your home's on trend all year round."

  • Pick of the plums: Snuggle into an Ellingwood Armchair, in Casoria Plum fabric, from £749-£949, Marks & Spencer.

Oliver Bonas, rapidly gaining a reputation for an uber-stylish range, has a Velvet Button Stool, £285, in a variety of colours including Currant, a deep plum. Add matching Velvet Cushions, £32 each.

Laurence LLewelyn-Bowen's the master of decadence and his Bel Canto bedding, a lavishly patterned collection in plum, from £39, Littlewoods, doesn't disappoint.

Feel free to flirt with the shade. Joanna Wood's Grape Mohair Throw, £76, could dress up a sofa. Display family photographs in Abigail Ahern Edition Designer dark pink marbled photo frames, £15 each, Debenhams. Finally, update a bathroom with plum towels, a 6-Piece Plain Dyed Towel Bale, £12, Isme.

Merry berry buys: Set of six Rustic Glass Baubles, in colours including red and plum, £8.75, Stuff of Dreams. Purple Christmas Glass Mosaic Baubles, £1 for a set of three, or Matt Sequin Baubles, £1 for two, Poundland.

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Isme: 0844 811 8112/

Joanna Wood: 020 7730 5064/

Littlewoods: 0870 599 1111/

Made: 0845 557 6888/

Marks & Spencer: 0845 302 1234/

Multiyork: 0845 303 7134/

Neptune: 01793 427 427/

OKA: 0844 815 7380/

Oliver Bonas: 020 8974 0110/


Stuff of Dreams:01280 820 533/

Talking Tables: 020 7627 6767/

The Velvet Lab: 01282 471 610/