Thankfully, we’re just about the over the period of arriving at, and leaving work under the thick blanket of the long night. However, with January, February, and even March over the last few years providing the worst of the winter weather, we’re still some way from ditching the coats and scarves as we step outside every day. Subsequently, the need to stay ultra cosy when we’re indoors remains, so here are several interior design tips for keeping toasty in what’s left of winter.
Fight the winter blues… with blue
The Telegraph suggests a luxuriously simple way of combating the natural ‘downtrodden-ness’ of cold and dark, with something that some people might consider to be… a little cold and dark! By designing a room around a wintery midnight blue, rather than escaping the cold and dark outside, you can actually retreat into it instead. Contrast the darker tones with brighter colours, immerse yourself in a tranquil darkness all of your own design, and wait in comfort for the world to brighten up beyond your windows.
Show off your shadows
In a similar vein, the way you choose to illuminate your interiors this winter can really help you to create a comfortably cosy environment for the long, dark nights ahead. Leave the big lights off for as long as possible, and set up an array of gently flickering candles, alongside a number of select lamps. Simply let enough light shine so that you can enjoy reading, studying, or watching a new box set, and be sure to check out the excellent range of floor lamps on offer at Pagazzi for creating light, dark, and shadow in your interiors.
Embrace the eclectic
While it may seem practical to keep decorating uncomplicated during winter, it can actually help to completely disregard the fact that it’s dull and dreary outside – by livening up the interior within the home. InDecorTrends.com highlight the visual impact of contrasting styles inside the home during winter. The article suggests that a carefully-curated mix-and-match of styles can provide a pleasant escape from the monotone days and evenings outside. Plus, when spring and summer finally swing round, you’ll have a room that’s as lively as the flora, fauna and fun outside.
Live amongst luscious layers
If you don’t enjoy curling up under a sumptuous collection of layers during winter, then you’re in the minority. But the same multi-layered approach we might take when heading outside, or while we sleep, can be used in home decor too. From multiple rugs and weaves, to a whole host of new cushions, adding extra layers of colour, texture and fabric to a room makes it feel warm and welcoming. If you happen to have natural floorboards, a brick fireplace, or bare walls – all the better. They’ll be a delightful contrast to all the indulgent layers you can add elsewhere in the room.
While autumn can inspire, several weeks into winter it’s pretty standard to miss the blossoming green of nature. One way to combat this loss, however, is to bring it into the home. The Chintz look is set to return in 2020, so print wallpaper, dazzling with flowers and greenery, will be readily available. Plus, pot plants are great for the soul no matter the time of year. Add a bunch of plants to your interior, and enjoy carefully nurturing them until their brothers, sisters, cousins and colleagues begin to blossom again outside!
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