26 October 2016
With the temperature getting colder and the nights getting darker, you’re probably starting to think of ways to make your home that little bit cosier. Or perhaps you’re looking for a cool, classic wintery twist? Whatever style you prefer, there are many ways to decorate your home to reflect the changing seasons. If you’re looking for inspiration, CALA Homes, which has a collection of professionally-styled showhomes at developments throughout the UK, looks at the new season trends and how they can be incorporated into your home for the ultimate autumn/winter look.
Shades of grey…and blue
Silvered branches, wisps of wood smoke and a frosty window pane – this year’s neutrals come in the form of a palette of winter-morning greys.
If you prefer a richer colour scheme for winter, look out for midnight blue, indigo and ink colours. Midnight blue has been the ‘in’ colour for a while and it is continuing throughout the autumn/winter. You can use it as a base colour to create a rich and warm environment or in accessories for a more subtle look. It’s a very versatile colour that offers the perfect balanced between masculine and feminine.
The interiors world is taking inspiration from historical explorers and naturalists. Vintage globes, maps and suitcases feature, along with hints of botany and entomology in the form of dragonfly and butterfly motifs.
There’s a definite air of indulgence about this season’s throws, rugs and cushions; plush, strokable textures are being used to enhance a feeling of warmth. Knitted accessories are getting bolder with huge, chunky cable-knits replacing demure weaves.
A faux finish is going to be a must this season, whether it’s in the form of accessories, upholstery or even wallpaper. The beauty of this trend is that you can go as crazy or subtle as you like.
Faux fur is becoming increasingly popular as designers use it to create a feeling of cosy opulence. Adding cushions and throws is a great way of making a neat and tidy space feel more inviting and sumptuous. Less is more though, limit it to one or two items strategically placed in a room.
ITV period drama Victoria has inspired a renaissance of Victorian interiors. In total contrast to the Scandi minimalism style, Victorian inspired interiors are busier, more colourful and more ornate. There were no white walls in this time of opulence and decadence. Rich hues of green, gold-brown, red, and blue were very popular.
Give your room a contemporary Victorian twist by adding pops of teal, luxuriously plump and colourful cushions, glamorous chandeliers, candelabrums and quirky decorative touches such as objects in bell jars.