JACQUELINE ROBERTS TAKES A LOOK AT THE SEASON’S MAIN DÉCOR TRENDS
When it comes to revamping your interior spaces this winter, you should be starting with your colour palette. This season’s “neutral” is dominated by shades of grey: think winter mornings – silvery branches, frosty panes and wispy smoke, hues of slate, charcoal and stone.
These shades provide the perfect neutral base for darker, richer colours to make their mark – midnight blues and indigo, deep purples and jewel pinks to bring a bit of opulent ambience to a room. Alternatively, chalky whites, lighter blues, soft beiges and wood finishes will combine to brighten and lighten spaces. The Pantone Colour institute has also included a vibrant red, a spicy mustard yellow and the “Bodacious” pinkish purple in its autumn colour palette.
Once you’ve decided on colour, it’s time to think about adding texture and pattern. Shaggy rugs, soft cashmere or wool throws, quilts and scatter cushions offer a practical yet stylish addition. Throws folded over sofas or rolled in a traditional basket give a room a visual feeling of warmth. Stools, poufs and beanbags made from faux fur or luxurious velvets provide fun yet décor-savvy additional seating, and wallpapers this season are also doing a lot to bring texture into a room with the use of cork and other organic elements.
This season it’s all about fabulous florals with huge granny-style blossoms filling both the fashion runways and the fashionistas’ homes. We’re also seeing the softer tones of greys, brighter mustards and textured fabrics that add subtle hints to a room. In addition, the floral epidemic has spread to wallpapers with some wonderful prints out there to spice up a room.
Another way to brighten up a wintery room is to use accents with metallic surfaces. A feature wall with a metallic look wallpaper… or embellish with highshine vases, photo frames, mirrors and lighting. Glass is a valuable addition to tie in a room finished with metallic accessories, while accentuating any natural light.
Keeping warm in the depths of a Spanish winter can be no mean feat, especially if, like me, you live in an old house with no centralised heating system! If you’re lucky enough to be totally remodelling or buying a new property, then underfloor heating is definitely the way forward. If not, open fires add a special ambience to a room and provide a focal point. With some logs piled at the side and a gorgeous rug in front, nothing says “winter” more. When not in use, fill your fireplace with candles – choose different styles and lengths to maintain the focal point.
If you really can’t bear the thought of staying indoors on chilly winter nights, think about a fire pit for the terrace. Snuggled up under a soft fluffy blanket in front of flickering flames, sipping hot chocolate under a starfilled sky… and winter’s suddenly not so bad after all.
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