Every year, with the onset of winter, I look for ways to make my home feel cosy. I changeout a few things, cushions and throws for the sofas, floor mats and bed linen, it breathes new life into my home. I may even move my furniture so its facing the fire place.
Does your living room have a summer and winter layout? I love that idea...
Add raw fresh cut wood to the basket by the fire, throws for the arms of the sofas, add more feather filled cushions with depth and colour to your sofas, more candles for mood lighting as the nights get darker earlier.
It’s always wise to keep your colour palette subdued when your introducing a lot of texture, it keeps the room from feeling too visually chaotic, its more about textures then colour in this instance.
I always start with flooring in these areas as that’s where we notice the chill the most. Roll out some cute rugs, sheepskins or runners to keep your feet warm on those cold tiles, especially if you don’t have under floor heating.
Finishing touches like art, accessories and candles should always be added, plush towels are essential - on the towel rail, rolled up in a basket on the vanity or draped over the bath, place them around for texture and some colour.
This zone has lots of hard surfaces and materials so it’s nice to change it up for winter.
No flies about so time to pop more things out - chopping boards leaning against your splashback, a marble slab to one side of your cooker, pop a small cutting of bay leaves in a vase, fresh garlic, ginger and Himalayan salt in gorgeous featured bowls with a small tea spoon – these all add interest to any corner of the kitchen. Throw in a lovely set of salt and pepper shakers for some height and context.
As your bed is the feature in this space it is important to go all out for winter. It’s all down to the layers! A minimum of 4 bed pillows and 2 euros, then you have your finishing touches with a couple of scatter cushions!! Yes, that may get you up to 8 or more, but it creates feelings of warmth and comfort and that is at the heart of our styling.
Mixing your sheets is always fun too, maybe a dark grey sheet for the fitted and a white one for the top sheet. A warm duvet on top of with a plush comforter and maybe a knitted chunky throw.
And if you’re feeling exotic, put a Tibetan lamb rug on either side of your bed. There is nothing quite like stepping onto wool first thing on a brisk winters morning.
I hope this gives you a few ideas to play with over the coming weeks and that my photos help you recreate some beautiful new spaces in your home.