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5 winter interior decorating ideas that will warm up your home

The change of season is an opportunity to restyle your interior; here’s 5 winter interior decorating ideas we prepared earlier.

The grey skies and wet mornings of winter may have set in, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on style. The change of season is an opportunity to restyle your interior; here’s 5 winter interior decorating ideas we prepared earlier. You’ll be feeling snug as a bug in no time.

1. Colour and texture 

If you are considering purchasing some new homewares for the winter, re-evaluate your interior colour scheme. This season calls for rich, saturated colours such as dark green, jewel tones, reds or oranges. Similarly, fabric selection echoes the opulence of winter, with velvet, wool, cashmere and (faux) fur being the options of choice to channel warmth and texture into a room.

2. Greenery 

In New Zealand, winter is the season where our cultural desire for outdoor living is suppressed by gusty winds, frost-bitten lawns and icy evenings. Bring a little of the outside in by way of hardy indoor plants, or buy a bunch of flowers every week at the farmers market to bring a sunny disposition to the dreariest of corners.

3. Rearrange and reconsider 

Change is as good as a holiday, and winter can have even the jolliest of snowmen dreaming of exotic places. Cast an eye over your living, dining and bedrooms and examine if there is any other way the space could be laid out. Could you rearrange seating to encourage conversation, or to gather around an open fireplace? Create new vignettes of vessels and trinkets on the sideboard in your dining room. Maybe you want to revamp your bedroom with a textured bedhead? Sometimes rearranging a space, or simply the accessories filling it, is enough to breathe new life into an old arrangement.

4. Layer

One of the quickest ways to cosy up your home is to introduce layers. Things like throw rugs, cushions, sheepskins, floor rugs and heavy curtains all bring an element of cosiness to a room and you’ll have all creature comforts within arm’s reach.

5. Lighting 

Winter days are shorter than their summer counterparts, but don’t be discouraged. Use the lack of natural light as an opportunity to create atmosphere with different kinds of lighting. Try lamps, candles and look for bulbs with warmer tones for overhead lighting to give a warmer overall cast to a room. If your lamps have exposed bulbs, perhaps try integrating vintage decorative ones.

Photography by: Maree Homer, Alicia Taylor and Derek Swalwel.

This article originally appeared on Homes to Love Australia.

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