Now is the time to bid farewell to the miserable summer that we had and look forward to making sure our home is cosy and welcoming in the lead-up to Christmas. Whether you’re planning just a little update or a major overhaul of your home here are some of the key trends that are emerging for Winter 2012.
Texture always comes to the fore in Winter but this year we’re seeing it everywhere from decadent velvet flocked wall coverings to tweed covered couches and oh, so cosy, chenille throws. Don’t be afraid to mix and match textures for added interest, after all you want your home to be a relaxing and inviting place for your family and friends!
Drop the colder colours such as greys and blues and introduce some warmth into your colour schemes in the coming weeks. This can be anything from painting a feature wall in a dramatic deep burgundy to simply buying complimentary accessories or throws in deeper colours such as plums or burnt orange. If you really want to work this trend then its best to have neutral colours for your main furniture pieces or main walls - this will allow you to easily change the look of your room between seasons without the extra expense!
Wood burning stoves
Everyone seems to be turning to the warmth of a solid fuel stove with figures showing that more and more families are installing these appliances in their home rather than relying solely on oil heating. And, with many stoves now coming in a colourful range of enamel finishes - not just the standard matt black stove of old - there’s sure to be one to suit your decor and your pocket.
There has been a real resurgence in retro chic in homes with everything from second hand furnishings dating to the 1940s to modern day reproductions making a huge impact in our homes. If you aren’t lucky enough to have an original passed down through the family don’t despair as many of the current furniture trends are harking back to the 1940s and 1950s and will make a fabulous investment your family will enjoy for many years to come.
For too long the trend was to create an impersonal, minimalistic home but this was hardly very welcoming! Now with Christmas just around the corner we are seeing a return to the days when people are proud to put up much loved family images. And with so many of us having access to digital technology, there’s no excuse for not having more up to date images of your nearest and dearest on display! The key thing to remember here is to find a common theme or link when you display your images. Have frames made from a similar material - like silver or oak. They don’t have to be exactly the same style, but they have to look ‘grouped’. If you don’t want to use the same materials then ensure you have a common theme - such as a group of family wedding photos or images or one of your children - so that it looks like a display and not something random. Don’t limit displays to walls either. If you have a coffee table consider making a montage of special images and then adding a class top to protect them for a unique talking point.
This has been a bit of an ongoing them over the last two years but interest remains strong on multi-function furniture designs, especially for those with limited space. Couches which boats hidden storage compartments, beds with pull out drawers or built in bookshelves or tables which fold away into the wall space are all ideal ways to deal with storage or space issues.