As the nights draw in and the weather cools down it's inevitable that we'll spend more time inside out of the cold seeking comfort.
I'm definitely a summer girl, so for me winter means hibernating, trying desperately to keep warm (this year will be a challenge with no hair!) and surrounding myself with the things I need to keep me happy.
However, in winter I like to update my interior decor to reflect the chillier season by injecting cosy knits, fluffy cushions and changing colour schemes. There are a number of winter home trends emerging this year, so I've listed some of the top trends, along with how to update your interior decor on a budget – enjoy!
Darker, moodier colours are still big for interiors with the introduction of pops of colour. An inexpensive way of doing this is to repaint the walls and invest in some cushions and removable cushion covers. That means, when spring arrives you can just change the cushion covers again to brighten things up.
In terms of what colours to go for, I'm opted to transform my hallway, stairs and landing – taking it from a pale yellow to a dark grey. It looks more sophisticated and grey is a great colour to add an air of tranquility to a space and a great base on which to ‘layer' other colours as it complements most other colours.
Another great colour – and one that's really popular is a midnight blue hue. This jewelled colour, as I like to call it, goes fabulously well with plenty of green plants. If you're a fan of plants (and great at keeping them alive – unlike me!) then this is a great colour to choose.
If you're seeking a lighter colour scheme, natural tones are a great option for being able to add patterns and different textures to cosy up your home. Add interesting focal points and – twigs with fairly lights in a vase, fluffy rugs and aztec throws.
Pops of colour
Another great winter home trend is to introduce pops of colour into a decor scheme – and this works really well when you're on a budget or watching the pennies. It also means it's less hassle than having to repaint a whole room.
The trick here is to tie in the new decor scheme by using the same colours but using different objects and different textures. So, for example, you might want to introduce the colour orange to your room. You can look at vases, lampshades, cushions, throws, art pieces, candles etc… all of which introduce the same colour but in different textures.
A great way to do this on a budget is to scour charity shops – look for pieces that would add interest to your room and that are conversation starters. Some of the bargain shops such as B&M and Home Bargains are also worth looking round as they tend to keep on top of current interior trends at affordable prices.
I recently designed and put together a Turkish seating area using old wooden pallets in a corner of my garden. It was a great project over the summer (and kept VIP busy!), but it just goes to show that creating a new look doesn't have to cost the earth.
And that's another one of those winter home trends that has gained popularity in recent years, particularly as more people are becoming increasingly eco-conscious and looking at ways of introducing sustainability into their everyday lives.
By looking at what you've already got – and by upcycling or repurposing an item, you can save yourself a small fortune. The best way of doing this is to walk through your rooms to see if there's anything you can reuse – this can be anything from old furniture to decorative items you were considering getting rid of.
I love scouring boot fairs for this precise reason – putting my own stamp on something to introduce it into my home and my colour scheme gives me a great deal of pleasure – especially if I've bought it for buttons!
Watch the price drops
In the run-up to Christmas a lot of businesses start reducing their prices to get consumers to shop early and pick up some great buys. Amazon offers special prime day delivery days, then you've got Black Friday and Cyber Monday – great days for picking up some great bargains.
If it's new technology you're after, there are so many gizmos and gadgets out there that you're spoilt for choice. I recently upgraded to a smart metre for my home for gas and electricity – it means that I get to keep an eye on how much I'm spending and I can do all this from my phone.
Plus the great thing about new technology is that you can buy it in different colours and different styles – the retro theme is in at the moment – have you seen those turntables made to look retro but featuring high-tech? What a great idea!
The trend in offering cutting edge smart technology that seamlessly connect with our lifestyles AND look the part shows no signs of abating – expect much more of this interior trend in the years to come.
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