Some days it feels like summer is definitely over, other days (like this weekend in Cape Town) it feels like we are hanging onto the last rays. However with the changing season upon us it is only natural that we start turning our attention inwards, as we ready our homes for cooler weather.
Admittedly we’ve all spent more time than usual focussing on our homes over the last year, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t spend some time get our homes winter ready. Unsurprisingly, our goal this winter is all about helping you create a comforting and nurturing home.
Today we’re talking through how embrace this year’s winter trends and our favourite design ideas to help you welcome winter into your home this season.
More Colour, Less White (and Grey)
Colour is still being embraced more than ever. While we are all looking to create calm and cosy home environments, especially during the colder winter months, this doesn’t necessarily translate to stark white or cold grey walls.
The push for warmer colours continues, with earthy tones still reigning supreme in the form of sandy browns, terracotta and rust tones. These new neutrals are warming, as we look to create a calm yet uplifting space to retreat to from the outside world. Beige is making a big comeback as a staple neutral and is an ideal base colour to build upon.
Deep greens, blues and charcoals in conjunction with natural materials are also being used to create comforting and welcoming spaces.
WFH Is Here To Stay
Over the past year many of us have turned dining rooms into home offices, dance floors and our new happy hour spot. However it’s become evident that working from home is here to stay, so it’s crucial you carve out a designated space in your home to serve as your home office.
Lean towards a simple space with minimal (decor) distraction, including a desk big enough to spread out on, a very comfortable chair and adequate lighting. Even if your WFH space in located in a busy part of the house, having that designated space puts you into work mode when you take a seat.
Bring The Outside In
If you haven’t already, please bring some plants into your home – even if you are looking right out into a garden. This winter we’ll be seeing even more of nature being used as decor. Not only do plants look amazing, they bring life to any space and have such a calming effect.
If you’ve feel you’ve already gone to town with the number of plants in your home, spend a little time on the weekend rearranging them in your home or put them in a new planter. The power of re-arranging the pieces you own is a close second to the power of paint. Simply shifting the positions of items totally changes your view and gives you an updated perspective on your home.
On the same note, bring some flowers into the mix. Flowers are forever a joy to behold. Whether it’s a single stem or just simple greenery, it doesn’t need to be an expensive endeavour.
Back To Bedroom Basics
With full houses all day long, the bedroom has once again turned into everyone’s personal sanctuary and escape. Make sure you surround yourself with extra pillows and soft blankets this winter, using rich tones and plush textures . The cold weather will give us all a much needed pass for weekend nesting.
Change Up Your Textiles
A seasonal must do, switching out textiles is a sure fire way to make a difference to your home as we transition to winter. It’s the time of year when we dive right into cosy living, surrounding ourselves with soft blankets and pillows, lounging on comfy sofas and chairs.
Trends this year indicate that this will be extended to warm, natural textiles inspired by local influences.
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Lighting Is Key
Lighting is always important in creating a welcoming ambiance in your home, but even more so during the darker winter months. Lighting comes in all shapes and sizes and these days they offer more than purely task orientated solutions.
Since lighting can be considered an art form in itself, this winter choose pieces that make a statement and go bold in your home.