Pick up practical tips to style your home in the cooler months
As the days get shorter and darkness sets in, you’ll want your home to be a haven where you can curl up and relax. To help set the mood, we spoke to Porter Davis Interior Stylist, Patrizia Romeo for her real-world advice on how to update your interior style for winter.
Rethink your colours
Channel cosy vibes and update your space by changing the colour of your accessories. “A darker colour palette will set the scene and give your home a warm and inviting feel,” says Patrizia. “Try rich warm tones of plum, raspberry, emerald green, dark blue, and metal finishes such as aged bronze. Those deep accent colours add warmth to any scheme, whether you have a grey and white base palette or a warmer neutral palette.”
Add depth with detailing
“Rich timbered furniture, such as walnuts and chocolate colours, mixed with different materials like aged, weathered or matte bronze detailing adds depth to rooms in winter,” says Patrizia. If you'd still like to keep your room bright, mix up your dark and light pieces. “Black, grey and white marble accent furniture adds richness and contrast to any space,” she says.
Superb soft furnishings
Displaying extra blankets, throws and cushions will instantly soften your space. “Layered textured fabrics, patterns and colours add interest and character to your home,” says Patrizia, “Add extra cushions and throw blankets on the end of your bed or on the sides of your sofa or occasional chair.” Consider the impact of thick woven or knotted rugs too, as they have the added benefit of keeping you warm.
If you’ve got stark white walls or a neutral colour palette in your rooms, you may want to inject some character. Textured wallpaper, paint or wood panelling can jazz up a blank space. “Painting is a simple way to change the whole look of a room. Wall panelling in timber or dado panelling in feature rooms add depth to any space,” says Patrizia.
Be guided by the light
Low-hanging light fittings provide ambient lighting, which evokes a sense of warmth in your space. “A single pendant or a cluster of multiple pendants creates a focal point to any space,” advises Patrizia. If you want a cheap and cheerful way to create ambience, simply light some woody-fragranced candles and enjoy the dull, cosy glow they give off.