As we head towards crisp and frosty mornings, short days and dark nights, we all want to make our homes that bit more cosy. Our managing director, Andy Richardson offers styling suggestions to make the most of winter nights…
“The winter months are all about creating that hygge feeling, somewhere cosy and welcoming to hibernate as the temperature drops. Start by thinking about colours. This doesn’t have to mean complete redecoration, rather consider your accents – cushions, lamp shades, throws, candles, picture frames; switching these can make an immediate impact. A strong mix of blues, greys, silver and black can instantly create a wintry illusion or for a warming, rustic chalet style why not add burnt orange, deep red, ochre or caramel?
“From here, your styling should seek to create richness and warmth. Can you add a log burner to the living room, or neatly stacked piles of firewood? What about reupholstering furniture with deeper fabrics like velvet or wool? Bring in more seasonal greenery such as ferns, moss, eucalyptus winter berries and pine cones. Think about how you enter your home in winter; transform the utility room into a boot room by adding shelving, a coat stand or hooks, patterned wallpaper – make it somewhere snug to contain muddy feet or paws! Don’t forget about the outdoors too– throws, fire pits, outdoor lanterns, rugs can all make an inviting space.
“Lastly, don’t be afraid to embrace your hobbies. For many people, winter is about getting outdoors and connecting with nature. Over the past year, we’ve seen a lot of wallpaper and accessories designed with animal or botanical patterns and these can be a really playful way of adding personality to a room. Similarly, in children’s rooms, guest bedrooms, hallways, landings or the downstairs cloakroom, add artwork and accessories to build a theme – country walks, hiking in the mountains, skiing – there’s plenty to be inspired by!”