Published: 01/12/2021 By Laura Clark, HomestagersLaura Clark, Interior Stylist at Homestagers, lets us in on this year's winter home trends.
With the arrival of Winter, I get an innate urge to hunker down and turn my home into a warm, comfy and welcoming haven that I feel completely relaxed in. For me, Winter is the cosiest season and a time to add the layers to your home and escape the cold outside after a long day. Adopting a ‘hygge’ approach in our homes continues to be a popular interior design choice where simple slow living and adding cosy elements into our homes are key to the Scandinavian notion.
Fundamental to creating a winter retreat is adding texture. For me, adding layers of texture to any design adds depth and interest. Over the recent months, there has been an increase in using biophilic design within interiors - a love of nature and creating calm spaces that connects us with nature and increases productivity and our overall wellbeing within our interior spaces.
Nature has given us an abundance of textural elements that can be incorporated within our homes. Using natural and sustainable materials such as timber, stone and rattan, can draw in the textures that we see in nature, providing us with us sense of calm and tranquillity - do not be afraid to use items with imperfections as these add another layer to the room.
Use dynamic textiles with differing tones, patterns and textures to add warmth and cosiness. Create a treat for the senses by adding fabrics such as boucle, velvet, natural linen and use fluffy sheepskins draped on a chair or under foot.
Layer your bed or sofa with an abundance of tactile throws and cushions in contrasting fabrics and patterns adding comfort and interest – you have never have too many in my opinion! Little touches of raw materials and simple details like greenery or dried flowers can enhance the warmth of your space - not only do they add colour and texture, but they marry well with the biophilic design notion by boosting our mood, something that on long, grey days we sometimes need.
Don’t shy away from using bolder colours during the winter months. Embrace more striking colours either in furniture choices (a brightly coloured sofa or headboard would work well) or adding subtle pops in accessories and soft furnishings – it is remarkable what a brightly coloured throw can do to make your bed sing!
It can often be said that using the colour blue during winter can make a room feel cold, however, combine with warm timber tones and textural fabrics to create depth and contrast. If a more muted earthy colour palette is for you, then incorporating browns, rusts and charcoal into your design scheme creates a very warming and comforting environment.
Don’t forget to go outside if you can, with the right styling your outdoor space can be transformed into an extra cosy haven. The key to creating a winter-friendly outdoor space is layering - use cushions and throws to create a cosy vibe and soften up your outdoor furniture. Add a firepit, some fairy lights, marshmallows and hot chocolate and you have a magical winters evening ahead!
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