Words: Caitlin Hazell
Our homes in the winter months should of course be cosy, snug, and a place to welcome family and friends; but just like fashion, interior and décor trends change from season to season. So, I went to look at the interior trends for this Winter, and asked local York interior designers and shops to guide us on how to enjoy our homes this year.
Winter interiors are craving a brave and bold new look in the form of maximalism. Maximalism is everything minimalism is not; forget the less is more and embrace more is more! After years of scaling back to achieve the minimalist trend, we have the go ahead for an eclectic look full of personality with rich colours and beautifully lavish and luxurious fabrics, velvet and silks being the most popular, and if you are feeling wild add some leopard print!
Carole Whitby of Upside Down Design describes the expertise and balance required to get it right: “It is essential that we stay ahead of the curve in our understanding of trends. Our first priority is to understand the needs of our clients; if someone loves pink, we will incorporate pink into the scheme whether it is on trend or not, as we are creating homes that hug you as you walk through the door, not show homes that need broad appeal. This connection of colour and trend to each person’s taste ensures a space that will be lived in and loved for many years.”
Maximalism will not be for everyone, but it is easy to add personality to an existing scheme with new lampshades made up in beautiful bold fabrics or colour, new statement cushion covers, a large ornate mirror or a piece of artwork, or even vases of every colour full of flowers. As Sarah at Malton’s Nine to Eleven enthuses: “Be bold, brave, and live life in colour!”
This season the latest colours to hit interiors are peacock blues, deep rouge, berry tones, ochre, pretty vintage pinks and dark luxurious greens. There’s also a 70’s vibe with an earthy palette, contrasting with rich hues. Deep reds and berry tones have comforting affects, they also enrich and energise a space.
One trend that is hanging around is mixing timeless classics with trendy accents. It is an easy way to inject fashionable pieces without changing your whole style. This is not a new way to decorate your home, and if your natural style is classical, then it can also be a fun way to experiment and to add character. Browsing vintage and antique shops, fairs, even carboots can be great fun too, finding a one-off piece, something elegant or beautiful to look at.
Kathryn at The French House explains further: “The surprise factor when incorporating antiques into a scheme is how a pop of colour and the use of textures can transform something from a different age into a contemporary cutting edge of design piece. It is always exciting working with our team of craftsmen to realise and tailor a customer’s vision!”
Statement Shapes is another favourite current trend that can transform a space. Curvaceous sofas and chairs and super scaled lighting that create gorgeous soft shapes when used to furnish a room.
Interior designer Ella De Wastney reveals a fun new furniture trend from her travels: “When I visited Maison et Objet at Paris last month there was a lot of sofas and chairs in boucle with brass contemporary legs, a trend we see on the catwalk for Autumn/Winter boucle jackets with brass coloured buttons. This is not a serious trend, there are no rules. I always add a sense of fun and mischief ensuring this is a space you will want to spend time in.”
We can’t talk about Winter interior trends without thinking ahead to Christmas! We tend to roll out the same decorations year after year, but just like interiors, decoration trends change too. Baubles play an important part in making a tree look spectacular, and gorgeous advent wreaths and candles can look stunning! We will be seeing lots of the aforementioned colours and trends, and it’s a fun way to add some glamour to your home this Christmas.