With the days getting colder and colder, you may be looking to bring warmth into your home in new ways. Here we have curated our six most valuable tips for creating a warm and inviting home this winter, incorporating the essential design principals of texture, tone, colour, lighting, comfort and scent.
1. Blending Textures
When incorporating rich textures, it's important to strike a balance. Aim for a cohesive and harmonious blend of textures that complement each other and create a warm and inviting atmosphere. By layering with different materials, patterns, and tactile elements, rugs, throws and soft furnishings, you can transform your home into a visually appealing and inviting space.
2. Incorporating Warm Tones
I love achieving a warm colour palette when styling my home in the colder months, and find the most functional way to achieve this is by incorporating the warmer tones in small pops of colour across artwork and soft furnishings. In addition to this, showcasing timber pieces that lend towards a warm finish or upholstered pieces in warmer coloured fabrications will anchor the room and set the foundation for your colour palette throughout the rest of the space.
It is important to balance these warm colours with complementary neutral tones to maintain a sense of balance and cohesion overall. The perfect art piece that balances this beautifully is Shifting Sands by Denise Quah, which pays homage to the wonders of the desert, encapsulating its natural beauty in an honest expression. Using mixed media, Denise employs earthy tones, textures and organic shapes that are reminiscent of nature’s elegant simplicity and her pieces strike that perfect medium every time.
3. Ambient Lighting
A carefully placed lamp can provide soft, diffused lighting that adds a cozy glow to any room. Whether it's a table lamp in the living room, a bedside lamp in the bedroom, or a floor lamp in your reading nook, the right lighting can set the mood and create a tranquil and calming environment while illuminating specific areas.
En Gold’s June Lamp, crafted from a cylindrical travertine stone base and contrasting symmetrical shade, is the perfect piece to achieve this aesthetic and looks equally as beautiful styled as a bedside lamp as it does on a sideboard or buffet.
4. Plush Seating
Incorporating the right seating into your home can truly enhance the warm and inviting mood of your space. Lounge chairs offer a cozy and comfortable spot to unwind after your day, and strategic placement of these near a window or next to a side table with a reading lamp creates a dedicated space for exclusive relaxation. Our Wylie Chair, with its arched lucite arms and beautiful soft shag seat and back rest, is the perfect chair to curl up in and read your book or sip on a hot cup of herbal tea.
Similarly, a bench seat can be a versatile addition to various areas of your home. Placing a bench in an entryway or landing provides a convenient spot to sit and remove shoes, or place shopping or bags when entering your home. A bench at the end of a bed adds a touch of luxury and serves as a place to sit while getting ready, or as a spot to place pillows and blankets. In a living space, a bench can be used as additional seating for guests or simply as an accent piece to tie in and compliment your existing furnishings. Available in Espresso and Cream, our Triana Bench is an elevated and captivating design that blends beauty and functionality with its soft curves.
5. Softening Rugs
Rugs play a significant role in creating a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home. They add texture, comfort and visual interest to your space while also providing a striking foundation for your furniture pieces.
Rugs crafted from natural fibres, such as wool, jute, bamboo silk and seagrass can add a really beautiful and organic touch. These materials have inherent warmth and texture that can really magnify the intimate feeling of your space when paired with your curated wares. Our Pebble Rug, crafted from 100% Wool, is the perfect textural element to achieve that calming and inviting aesthetic and their neutral colours; cream and beige, make them effortlessly easy to incorporate with a range of different pieces.
6. Inviting Scents
Scents have a powerful effect on our emotions and the ability to evoke specific moods and memories, transporting us to different times and places. Incorporating a pleasant scent in your home can significantly contribute to creating a welcoming and inviting ambiance, especially in these cooler months.
Lighting a scented candle or using a room spray can become a beautiful ritual in your daily routine, allowing you to pause, focus, and create a mindful moment amongst a busy day. Yoli’s Scented Spray, with subtle notes of bitter orange tree and patchouli, and a herbaceous burst of basil is a deep, decadent scent that, reminiscent of a day spa, that is perfect for promoting that sense of relaxation and tranquillity we are all needing.
We hope this journal has helped to provide inspiration on ways to create warmth in your home. If you feel you need some more guidance, we would love to assist in bringing your vision to life through a Styling Consultation with one of our experienced Interior Stylists.
Styling Journal Editor & Interior Stylist
Alice has a background in visual merchandising and interior design and experience working across residential, commercial and hospitality projects.
Whether it's a cozy urban apartment, a luxurious countryside retreat, or a contemporary office space, Alice's refined yet relaxed aesthetic guarantees an experience tailored to her clients individual tastes and aspirations, creating spaces that are both beautiful and liveable.
Her design philosophy revolves around the use of neutral colours and the beauty of natural stones. Her keen sense of harmony and balance allows her to transform interiors into serene and inviting sanctuaries.