Where does your imagination, or your feeling sensations go when you think of coming in from cold autumn and winter days? What colours and furnishings elicit feelings of comfort and serenity? Whatever pops to mind can perhaps become newly inspired translations to your home this winter, the New Year and beyond.
This winter warmth can be evoked through rich chocolaty shades of brown, rustic colonial brick and terracotta reds, as well as deep forest greens. Whether you choose to paint accent walls or your ceiling – the darker, the richer – the greater the ambiance for a homely welcoming environment. Stain wooden beams dark brown. Perhaps there’s a beautiful brick wall that needs exposing behind some tired closets or bookcase. Compliment the darker colours with desert rose, antique and linen whites, creams and sand-coloured beiges. Matte black cupboard doors and hardware will elegantly complete the look in your kitchen or washrooms.
Earthen accessories and furniture include worn leather, aged wood pieces and finishes, clay, cork and rustic fabrics and finishes. Oh, and by the way, brass has made a comeback. Time to put away the all-white bedding and change up bland bedrooms to quilted colours, patterns and textures. Fabrics are rich and plush with velvet making a comeback.
Go on – get brave and mix it up. Yes – with your furniture. Gone are the days of generic couches and furnishings. Mix and match and get inspired by all the mood boards on the net. There’s an inlaid dresser for your passage or dining room waiting to lift, inspire and compliment your furniture collection. Big stitch knitted throws, pillows, woven baskets and planters, rustic and rural rugs and accessories will pull the whole feel and look together. Trends still continue to create space that is devoid of any technology. Utilize these quiet spaces for relaxation, and that good old-fashioned sense of homeliness and comfort.
Have fun this winter season. Creativity is at its best when you can pull together an array of different concepts, colours and furnishings. Pick a couple of existing furniture pieces and furnishings in your living, dining or family room, and work around transforming the entire look and feel for a refreshing change this autumn and winter.