Design trends for the coming winter are all about creating a haven where you’ll feel warm, safe, and comfortable. To do this, take inspiration from past decades such as the 70s, and spice them up with contemporary touches. Here are six design trends to start you off.
Neutral shades inspired by the brown of tree branches or the gray of stone, slate, and wood smoke are warm, calming, and designer chic. They never really go out of fashion and provide the perfect balance to showy splashes of deep navy or peacock blue. Add a few earthy or Christmas spice tones to provide depth and you have the perfect backdrop for seasonal decorations.
Textiles and texture are winning ways of adding depth and warmth to neutral color palettes. Think flannel bedsheets, cashmere throws on the sofa, or wicker baskets fall of logs waiting to be thrown on the fire. Knitted accessories are right up-to-date so choose cozy cable-knit blankets or even footstools with knitted covers that complement your color scheme. Underfoot, layer up rugs, or enjoy the feel of sheepskin.
The glow of wood creates a feeling of warmth while being a brilliant natural insulator. If rustic wood floors are too extravagant, keep it simpler with artwork crafted from reclaimed wood or key pieces of wood, wicker, and cane furniture. Create a retro theme by dressing your wood or cane furniture in floral and geometric-printed fabrics or pick pretty bedding covered in woodland scenes.
The warming shine of metal is another hot trend. Metallic surfaces or copper and brass touches provide textural contrast while reflecting precious winter light around the room. Introduce this trend easily with gold-legged dining chairs matched to burnished gold tableware.
Whether you choose a traditional log burner or something sleekly modern, a fireplace is the warming heart of the room – somewhere to gather around on a cold winter’s night. Fire pits for the yard are also trending. Just add blankets and hot drinks.
If your budget is limited, use candles to add a new and festive element. They maximize winter light while bringing in color. Display them in vases, as a table centerpiece or, pop a flamboyant candelabra in the fireplace.