It’s time to cosy up with these 2019 winter trends
Winter is coming! Fortunately for those lucky enough to live in the beautiful Sydney (and much of Australia too for that matter!), the sun still shines in winter and the days can be beautiful. Not as cold as other parts of the country but there is still a chill in the air. At night, the temperatures drop a little; the perfect time to wrap up and enjoy some cosy winter vibes! As with most designers, I can’t help but enjoy the change of season and the chance to style my home perfectly for the somewhat colder weather.
1. Colour schemes for winter
This winter focus on bringing gorgeous deep tones into your home to evoke feelings of warmth, reminiscent of sitting in front of the fireplace watching the autumn leaves slowly drop outside.
Using nature as your inspiration look at deep greens; forest, olive and sage. Beige is a lovely neutral to use, as is a soft rose; a sweet colour that will balance out some of the heavier shades and provide balance and relaxation. Pulling on our 2019 trend of jewel tones you can also go for deeper purples and burgundy, and heavier shades of blue like teal.
Metallics work amazingly well in an aged finish and can be the perfect compliment for some new winter home décor.
For a bolder look I love Russet Orange from Pantone; a classic autumn colour of earth and warmth. It’s welcoming and relaxing, the perfect addition to your home this winter.
2. Cosy winter fabrics
Prepare for winter with new cushions, throws and blankets around your living and family areas; perfect for warmth, texture and interest.
Fabric choices I love include faux furs, leather and wool. Winter is a great time to play with textures like soft velvet, high quality linen and macramé too.
For the luxurious handmade touch take a look at Elafi for her stunning macramé work, and as always I don’t think you can go past custom made cushions for the perfect addition to any space – with access to fabric houses I often create beautiful unique designs for clients and it really makes a difference.
3. Winter flora
If you know me at all you know how much I adore floral arrangements; they can bring any space to life in an instant.
Autumn and winter are no different and I absolutely love the colour that you see in nature during this time of year. Greenery and blooms, the colours of the leaves falling on the ground, the crisp blue skies and deeper greys in the clouds; just stunning.
Bring this beautiful colour inside by embracing the change of season, whatever that may look like.
Start with autumn hydrangeas in a stunning array of greens and purples – their colours are beautiful and the perfect addition to any winter arrangement. Dahlias and roses in deep colours are also gorgeous, as well as woody perennials.
Dried arrangements are also a great idea, I always have dried greeneries and blooms to add to my flowers all year around. Don’t be scared thinking of Granny’s dried bouquets sitting in clouds of dust – think instead of sculptural works of art, created with perfection and embracing the blooms from which they came!
I also love to use spray paint on dried arrangements; gold, rose gold and copper are my favourite colours but you can play with whatever colours work best in your space. The ever faithful Bunnings is my go-to to pick up any colour I need.
4. Entertaining in winter
Nothing beats a night with good friends, cosying up inside on a chilly winter night – perhaps with a delish red wine (or champagne if you are with me, it is my favourite drink all year round) and a platter of your favourite cheeses!
Entertaining this season and choosing tableware is all about the colours and materials.
Keep an eye out for handmade pieces and natural materials such as ceramics and wood.
Glasses in deep colours such as amber are stunning, as are natural cut quartz boards and coasters, terrazzo and touches of gold and copper.
Where to shop: Etsy is an absolute goldmine for gorgeous handmade pieces and ceramic tableware, a hive of creative talent and endless options to choose from.
Indigo Love is another favourite of mine and all my clients get a special Styled by Dani T discount on new pieces.
Whether it’s the touch of a velvet cushion, the warmth of a woollen throw or the prospect of cozy wine and cheese evenings, the warm touch of winter interior decor throughout your home can really help with the long and cold nights ahead. Keep in mind textures, layers and hand-crafted pieces that warm the soul – incredible simple touches that go a long way! Embrace the season, the colours and enjoy whatever this cooler weather may bring your way.