Create a blissful home this winter

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The winter months are upon us. What better time to create a warm and cosy home, just in time for the colder weather? Our interior design expert Amanda Hanley shows us how to embrace the new season’s key interior trends.

A new season is the best time to transform your home - whether you want to create the perfect hygge sanctuary, an elegant, distinctive space or require a complete renovation.

Autumn and winter are all about rich colours, cosy furnishings and soft textures to snuggle up in – think luxurious faux furs and velvet, sheepskins and soft wools combined with atmospheric statement lighting and candles.

Hygge or Lagom?

Hygge, the Danish concept of living cosily, has been extremely popular in recent years and will become more relevant again as the season dictates our desire for a comfier home.

Lagom, another Scandinavian way of living, is set to be the next big trend, inspiring us to create a more frugal, balanced and happy life.

Whatever your lifestyle choice, the philosophy of wellness and relaxation – and opting for a more ‘self-care’ attitude – is perfect for autumn. Feather your nest and make your home a haven to escape from the demands and stresses of everyday life; a place to switch off and unwind.

Warm and inviting spaces

A very important part of Hygge and Lagom is spending time with friends and enjoying other people’s company, so try making your home as inviting and sociable as you can.

A great way to make your living areas feel cosy and homely is by adding sumptuous sofas and chairs. Think about investing in a super comfy large sofa with luxurious hard wearing fabric, like much-loved velvet. Add plenty of cushions and throws and no one will be able to resist staying a little longer in the comfort of your home.

Colour me happy

There are some truly exciting colour trends to have fun with this winter - try incorporating the deeper, darker colours that are all the rage, along with natural and bright accents into your interior scheme.

Bring the outdoors in

The Pantone Colour of the Year, Greenery, has been a big home decor trend in 2017 and will continue throughout the colder months. People have taken green to a whole new level, with plants becoming the number one home accessory.

Consider incorporating big leaves, pretty fringed ferns and hanging planters into your home, or just opt for some interesting little succulents in the bathroom to start with. Perfect for winter and all year round, faux plants and flowers are a great way to give your space a refresh - and look amazingly life-like!

Nature-inspired shades are fabulous this season and the deeper hues work brilliantly for your winter home. Rich emerald and jade greens give an opulent feel and perfectly complement copper accessories, whites and pinks – blush pink being the most celebrated of the pinks this year. Break the look up by using contrasting prints and patterns to add interest.

Wallpaper continues to be huge, particularly big prints in beautiful tones of pink, grey and green. With such a magnificent range of inspirational designs available, a statement wall is a dramatic way to transform your interior and make an impact.

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