Although summer has barely got going, here’s a sneak peak of what every well-dressed interior should be wearing this winter. From moody hues to luxe furniture, we reveal what’s hot for the home including a few key transitional pieces that will see you into next season and beyond (so no need for a complete makeover…)
Grey remains top of the wish list for the interior design cognoscenti and we’re set to carry on embracing every feel-good colour in the grey palette, from barely-there silver to earthy pebble and full-bodied charcoal, well into the winter months. In fact, grey is today’s new neutral and works as a sophisticated backdrop (in singular blocks of the same hue across walls, skirting boards and door frames) with pops of bright orange and magenta for the colour-minimalists among us. Or else, pair with pretty pastels: think accents of rose pink, lemon and baby blue which have lost their sickly sweet image to become sophisticated hues for the modern Scandi look.
If you fancy a change from grey though, there are other options. Try a dark, deep shade such as indigo, aubergine and black – perfect for a cocooning bedroom or dramatic dining space. And if you really want to be ahead of the game, we’re predicting bold pea green and rich turquoise as the colours to watch.
There is a softer look to our homes these days and this laid-back vibe continues well into the colder months. So keep hold of your metallic accessories and warm gold accents as these are still high on the agenda for our homes. Ditto with rattan furniture that has worked oh so well for summer but can be given a textural update for the cooler months with pure new wool, felt and faux fur and bold chevron-print cushions to keep the look fresh.
Really, anything goes with today’s eclectic material mix, so be bold and offset shiny, modern lacquers with homespun wooden bowls and dull chromed industrial chairs with a sleek glass table. The key is to have conviction in your choices and surround yourself with pieces you love. And for flooring you can’t beat lightly sanded and oiled oak planks laid in a classic parquet or chevron layout – or even whitewashed timber-effect tiles for a maintenance-free option. Beautiful for years to come…
We’re all looking to fill our homes with authentic touches and artisan treasures that are made locally or crafted using sustainable materials. It’s part of our ongoing mission to create a home that is our sanctuary and reflect the way we want to live. And that means picking homespun fabrics, embroidered wall arts or handmade vessels that have a history and a provenance.
Scour second hand shops, antique fairs and car boot sales for one-off pieces that have a story (mirrors, side-tables, china and glassware) and enjoy the weathered patinas, hairline cracks and faded fabrics which simply add to the beauty and curiosity of the piece.
And why not take up a craft or skill yourself, perhaps a course on patchwork quilting, revamping furniture with chalk paint or a basic upholstery course for making new cushion seats? Embrace your newfound hobby and display your homemade treasures with pride.
Furniture should be luxurious. But by that we don’t necessarily mean lavish fabrics, opulent colours or fancy trims but instead chairs, tables and sofas made from quality materials in classic shapes that won’t bow down to the whimsies of fashion.
A classic Chesterfield sofa for instance will never date, and you can add your spin by covering it in a bold, jewel-coloured velvet. The same goes for Bridgman’s interior furniture range where beautiful and robust solid oak dining tables, sideboards and bookcases can be given your own stamp with one of our painted finishes, from Harbour Grey to Ice White and Toasted Almond.
Mid-century modern furniture is still so super fashionable at the moment so seek out wood-framed chairs, low-slung sideboards and streamlined sofas on legs that will add instant appeal to your autumnal living spaces.
What interior trend will you be embracing this winter?