It's nearing, winter is just around the corner and nobody professionally thrives more this time of year than interior designers. We've encountered many changes over 2016, summer interior trends changed the face of our homes, and now it's time to let winter take it's toll.
In this post we've gathered what we believe to be this years top 10 winter interior design trends and we feel many designers will adopt these techniques, as should you. We've also included opinions from our favourite interior design bloggers to allow them to have there say on this years winter movement.
"My living space is truly a reflection of my loves and adventures, and I believe that whether you are creating a space for yourself or for someone else, it should reflect the person and what they have done. So a mixture of old and new, objects from different countries but with the colours tying it all together. A lounge can take bold colours and deep rich walls are perfect for showing off pictures and mirrors. A relaxed atmosphere with piles of cushions, works of art in their own right, somewhere which works in the day and at night for either reading, watching TV or chatting with friends.
In my lounge I have a picture wall with original art that I have collected, there's an old over mantle mirror which I painted and objects from my travels around the world, also some heirloom pieces found by my Father when he lived abroad. The lounge should change seasonally, replacing fur rugs with cotton ones, wool throws with kantha cotton quilts and also accents of seasonal nature. Some well chosen house plants will help to cleanse the air and create colour and textures in corners."
"With the nights drawing in and a winter chill catching the evening air nothing beats wrapping up and bedding down. I love faux fur, and chunky wool. Layering is not only practical but also creates an illusion of warmth and comfort. I love mixing textures but work within a minimal palette of colours so the texture is what appeals to the eye. Then look forward to bunking down in front of the fire, with a throw and mug of hot chocolate propped up on some faux fur cushions…Bliss."
"Nature inspired decor is going to take off in the coming months as people crave for their own private cocooning space focusing on wellness and harmony. Indoor vertical garden turns any space into nurturing sanctuary for body and soul."
"Focusing on bringing the outside inside I will be introducing Christmas decorations that are inspired by nature when staging my own home this Christmas. Introduce vibrant colours by drying everyday fruits such as oranges and lemons, these make great tree decorations or for a more ambitious project you could turn them into a Fragrant wreath for your front door.
Nature provides a great source of inspiration at this time of year, rather than using a standard table runner, freshly cut foliage adorned with pine cones makes a great centre piece for your dining table, it also smells great too."
"A dyed-in-the-wool flea market shopper, I’m a big fan of vintage chairs, because they are to me a timeless design element per se. This means they can individually be used as a decorative item, since they embody the architectural and design spirit of an era, and not only an object with a specific function or finality (seating). By supplementing your seating and home decor with a timeless piece, like a Louis XV arm-chair, an LC-4 lounge chair by Le Corbusier, or a set of original Bertoia/Eames/Thonet chairs, you will bring a touch of genuineness and uniqueness to your interior.
Statement seating is particularly crucial in interiors furnished with massively produced neutral designs (think IKEA). By bringing one or more statement pieces to your living room, you will be able to break the monotony induced by common designs (particularly in winter), and reclaim your home by adding your very own visual touch.
Based on my own experience, one great thing with vintage chairs for instance, is that you can have a lot of them at home. Even A LOT, won’t be too much. Actually you don’t need to own a complete series: an heterogeneous collection of vintage chairs from your local flea market, works best as it brings an eclectic flavour to your interior."
"Growing up, my mother always burned the same scent at Christmas time. She’d put the candle in pretty holders surrounded by bits of pine, berries, and pine cones. It not only looked festive, but now that scent is forever tied to happy Christmas memories!"
"Nothing can connect us to our own home more like an old school DIY. Whether you decide to upcycle and old cabinet or make new plant holder from scratch, it will definitely help you to fall in love with your home more.
I feel most proud of items, I made myself or managed to save up some money by upcycling."
“One of the key facets of interior design is light. Light can transform a house into a home as it can set the mood or compliment the style. Light can even make a property look bigger than it is on the inside if it is used correctly. And, that is the key: using it correctly. Lots of homeowners may be aware of light, and they may even know the benefits.
But, what they don’t know is how to use light to get what they want from their home. To light your home properly, add the three layers of home lighting - ambient, task, and accent. I personally prefer table lamps, floor lamps and scented candles to create a cosy and relaxing ambience during winter months.”