If you like nothing better than curling up in front of the fire with a blanket, a hot drink, and a good book, rejoice! It’s now officially the season of staying in. The evenings are longer and darker and the weather is getting colder, meaning that now is the perfect time to give your interiors a wintry style update. After all, it’s only right that your living space is as cosy, inviting, and warm as possible at this often gloomy time of year.
It’s surprisingly easy to give your home that wintry feel — it’s all about soft lighting, cosy fabrics and plenty of blankets and throws. In this article, we’ll share a few of our top tips for creating a warm, inviting ambience, as well as a few ways to incorporate some of winter’s biggest interiors trends.
Incorporate soft textures
Nothing says winter like super-soft, snuggly textures, and it’s one of the easiest ways to add a wintry feel to your space. Try adding a sheepskin rug to an armchair, or throwing a fluffy blanket over the back of your sofa: these will instantly make your space look cosier, and as these popular styles come in many colours, you’re sure to find one that matches your winter interiors aesthetic perfectly.
If you want to give your living room a complete overhaul, you could consider adding a new soft furnishing in a luxurious fabric — velvet has been a key trend in 2018, so it’s the perfect choice for a modern home. For a seriously on-trend look, go for a traditional style in a modern colour to create a sense of playful contrast. This Chesterfield armchair from Sofas by Saxon has a gorgeous classical shape, and is available in vibrant teal green, mustard, and cherry red velvets, all of which are right on-trend.
Take inspiration from ski chalet chic
What could be more inviting than the rustic, welcoming style of an Alpine ski lodge? While we might not be able to readily hit the slopes outdoors here in Britain, you can still add a touch of ski chalet chic to your home. Think rustic wooden surfaces and accessories, furry textures, and lots of white and cream. For a really authentic touch, you could create a feature wall using real log slices: these are great way to pay homage to that wintry Alpine style, and they’re quite easy and affordable to install.
And of course, no ski chalet would be complete without a few traditional accessories. Mounted stag heads, antlers and other hunting-lodge style decorations are perfect for this look. They don’t need to be the real deal, of course — we love these bold, colourful versions from Arthouse, which will give your chalet-inspired home a modern, playful look.
Style your home with icy shades
Grey continues to be a leading interior trend, so if you haven’t already, now is a great time to start decorating with this popular colour. After all, what could be more wintry than icy shades of silver? This muted tone makes the perfect blank canvas for any bright accent colours or accessories (like that statement furniture we mentioned earlier). So, you’ll be free to switch up your style without the need for major redecorating.
You can’t go wrong with simple grey walls, but if you want something a little more out-there, then go for a wallpaper with a neutral, wintry pattern instead. This shimmering pearlescent wallpaper from Graham & Brown looks just like a forest on a frosty day, and it strikes the perfect balance between understated and standout.