I love a change in season. It gives us inspiration and an excuse (not that I ever need one) to change up our interiors. To be honest Winter is not my favourite season – I’d rather feel warm than cold – however I always enjoy the fashion, interior trends, and the necessities, it brings. It is a season to layer with texture upon texture, to create a cosy cocoon for your winter hibernation.
This month I offer you inspiration from Scandinavian Design. At the moment I’m very attracted to this design movement, which is characterized by minimalism, simplicity and functionality. However, it can feel a little cold and bare for winter. To balance and warm up this style lets add a dash of bohemian wonder and warmth with personal touches, textures and interest, to ultimately create an eclectic style that is both on trend and personal.
The palette is simple and clean with bold black and white and hues of soft grey and blue. These cool colours are warmed with natural materials, textures and wood elements.
If blue is not for you. Begin with the base colour palette of black, white and grey and then instead of blue add a colour pop that you love – it could be mustard or soft pink or even a dash of red. Refrain from going crazy with it, a little goes a long way.
Keep it simple with furniture – clean lines and minimal fuss. Say more with less and stick to the colour palette of white, black and wood. Add colours of greys and blues (or your personal colour choice) in cushions and throws. To store toys and hide away some of the essential clutter, try using wicker storage baskets.
www.mattblatt.com.au (Bundall, Gold Coast. Fortitude Valley, Brisbane)
Rugs, throws and cushions are essential in Winter – not only for comfort underfoot and warm toes when snuggling on the sofa but also visually these pieces warm up a space and help us to feel protected and nurtured. Try to choose natural materials for maximum comfort and luxury and to add that bohemian, whimsical touch look for tassels and pom poms on throws! Rugs in black and white are sure to work in this space and if you’re a little more eclectic or adventurous a Persian rug can look amazing amidst the subdued palette of a Scandinavian inspired interior.
I’m sure you’ve heard that greenery is the new black. Most of us are either filling our homes with an abundance of plants or we are at least thinking about it. I personally love plants in the house. Having leafy friends in your home is not only good for you (they clean your air!) it also keeps you in touch with nature, softens a space and adds personality, diversity and life. Lush green plants complement a Scandi inspired space perfectly.
Light and warmth
You may be lucky enough to have a beautiful fireplace in the heart of your home. But if not, try fairy lights or delicious beeswax candles to add warmth and light to your space.
My fairy lights come out every winter. They are playful and magical, children love them and they warm up an interior with their soft glow.
www.monsoonhomewares.com.au (Burleigh Heads)
Beeswax candles are my favourite candle by far – they cleanse the air, are completely natural and good for our wellbeing and smell delicious without any fragrance added.
www.happyflame.com.au (Byron Bay)
Take your little ones on a bush walk and collect sticks from your adventure to create a simple nature display in your home. All you need is a large glass jar or vase to place the sticks in (I re-use big dill pickle jars). This instantly gives you height for a vignette or looks stunning on its own giving a minimalist shelf or table some interest. It also becomes part of your story as it relates to an experience you’ve shared as a family.
To personalize your home use favourite family photos or artworks, quotes or even images out of magazines, print in black and white and frame in simple, sleek black picture frames to create a wall of art and experiences that are meaningful to you and your family. Perhaps it’s a snap of your best holiday destination or adventure, artworks by your children or some fun family moments captured by the lens.
“Be brave, mix things up a little and get in touch with who you are, how you live and what you love. This is how you can begin to tell your story in your home styling.”