I know, I know, autumn has only just hit our shores and some of us might even still be in the process of stashing away our sandals and t-shirts, but when it comes to planning for cosiness – well, you can never start too early.
With the clocks going back we might still enjoy relatively mild temperatures, but we all know that those could change at any moment.
Winter style is of course about more than just the obvious. It’s not all about candles and woolly blankets - even if they are pretty much the most important components for me, but that’s because I really feel the cold. It’s about colours, textures, different styles, as well as picking what makes us feel good personally – away from fashion. Still, there are certain trends that might help you pick out your favourites and get the right look just for yourself.
Best of both worlds
When I say “it’s not about the obvious”, I have to of course admit that in a way it is. Things like big (and I mean huge!) knits are not only cosy, but very much on trend. They don’t even need to be overly colourful - although mustard looks amazing and is the perfect winter colour - since the size of the knits adds the kind of texture that is just perfect for this time of year.
If you don’t “do” colour throughout the year, i.e. you feel more comfortable with muted colours in your home, then you’ll be pleased to know that grey in all its variations and shades is right on trend. From painted floorboards to sofas, from cushions to blankets, greys can be as cool or warm as you want and there’s a shade out there for everybody. Greys can of course also be teamed beautifully with other colours: ruby red, emerald green, mustard, blush pink; all these look fantastic with greys and will add something extra.
If you need some inspiration on how to “do winter right”, then look no further than the Scandinavian countries. Extremely short days and long nights, temperatures well below freezing, snow, and icy winds mean they are accustomed to creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Incidentally, the all things Scandi pattern is very much ‘now’. Think folk-inspired prints in blue and red with the possibility of the odd reindeer pattern thrown in. Of course I couldn’t look at Scandinavian trends without acknowledging everything hygge. But that’s of course not just about buying on trend items for your home, it’s about creating an inviting atmosphere, eating good food, talking with friends, listening to music… in short, it should be a way of life, not just a trend.
Since light is generally in short supply during the winter months, the trend for shiny and therefore light-reflective surfaces makes complete sense. Metals, mirrors and mirrored furniture pieces and anything that will bounce warm candle light back into the room will help to create a warm atmosphere as well as give your room a very elegant touch.
Bring the warmth
Winter style is – as already mentioned – a lot about feeling warm and cosy. In a way, how and what we buy can go a long way towards how we feel about our home. What is going to make you feel better - buying something that has been mass-produced or something that has been handmade and has a fair price?
Well, the artisan trend not only goes hand in hand with buying directly from the producer and being fairly unique (and who doesn’t like unique things?), but the pieces couldn’t be more fitting for winter. Think rough pottery, thick weavings, thick carved wood and hand-knitted blankets. Mixing such items into your existing décor will immediately give your room a more wintery and homely feel.
So, even if you don’t run out straight away to redecorate for the colder months, I hope these are tips that might point you into the right direction and will keep you cosy and warm in your home.
Carole Poirot is a freelance photographer and stylist who lives and works in London. Originally from France, she has also lived in Germany and uses these influences to help inform her own style and advice. Her ideas are also published on her blog at mademoisellepoirot.com.