With a tell-tale chill in the air and darker evenings on our doorstep, we’re championing easy ways to warm your home for the winter ahead. From inviting textures to warming metallics, beat that back-to-school feeling with our top five mood-setting style tricks.
The stylist-approved quick fix for a tired space? Statement lighting. Often overlooked in favour of cushions, frames and other eye-level accents, well-placed lamps and pendants will shed light and add style wherever they go.
The key is finding the function lighting will play in each room. Make the most of an airy hallway with chandeliers and cluster lighting, or keep a kitchen contemporary with low-hanging pendants in concrete or copper. In dire need of some daylight? An exposed bulb gives the warmest glow, while on-trend metallics will bounce limited light around the room.
If you’re anything like us, you haven’t had enough of hygge yet. And what better way to nod to Nordic chic than the luxury appeal of faux fur? From nature’s fawns and chestnuts to pastel colours influenced by the catwalk, a good dose of touch-me texture is a winner come chilly nights.
A shaggy sheepskin or a few faux-fur cushions will add warmth to functional rooms that are crying out for some texture - there’s no reason kitchens, hallways and home offices can’t be cosy.
Abstract blooms, richer colour and a playful approach to scale revives summer florals for the colder months. If dark romance isn’t your thing, look out for the stylised flora and fauna motifs synonymous with 60s and 70s Scandi design. A palette of navy, mustard and duck egg paves the way to retro perfection.
The trick to nailing print on print? Keep scale and colour consistent. This bedroom idea is a lesson in layering pattern, and proof that committing to a few key hues will keep your look feeling curated.
A richer palette
When it comes to autumnal hues, the kaleidoscope of colour outside is all the inspiration you need - think warm, earthy tones reminiscent of woodlands walks. A devotee to all things muted and monotone? A pop of burnt orange, turmeric or even chartreuse pairs perfectly with navy and grey.
Jewel tones are also having a moment – rich russets, plums and emerald greens are autumn’s answer to spring’s millennial pink. Bring out their best with accessories in warming brass and gold.
The best thing about using metallics? Observe a few seasonal variations and they never really go out of style. Swap out spring’s cool coppers for richer, darker tones in hammered and patinated finishes or try on-trend burnished bronze – a far cry from clinical chrome.
Versatile gold works well in deco-inspired interior design – keep lines clean and offset with plush, velvety fabrics and rich jewel tones like aubergine.