To avoid the Highland interior from looking dated, mix bold or oversized tartan and check patterns with neutral, muted colours.

London - The northern hemisphere winter has masses to offer for the home. With Burns Night on January 25, it”s the perfect time to instil a Scottish slant into our homes with Highland-inspired decor.

“Pep up your sofa with a selection of cushions in traditional Scottish fabrics such as tweed and wool, but make them feel modern by contrasting colours and textures,” says interior designer Joanna Wood.

“No historical Highland room would be complete without a stag’s head, so for a contemporary update, look at wooden-mounted versions or even a stag head print.”

Stick to a colour palette of heathery purple and soft sage greenand mix with warm, earthy tones like caramel.

A pop of fiery red or burnt orange will bring the scheme alive, too, particularly offset with tobacco brown leather and grey wools.

“To avoid the Highland interior from looking dated, mix bold or oversized tartan and check patterns with neutral, muted colours,” adds Ian Bisatt, design director at furniture retailer Multiyork. “Opt for soft, textured furniture.”

The more daring among us might fancy a blast of tartan, in which case try Alternative Flooring’s (alternativeflooring.com) Fling carpet, a quirky plaid print fusing Highland tradition with modern-day attitude in a range of colour combos, including pink, duck egg and damson. - Daily Mail