5 stylish interior design updates - winter 2016

5 stylish interior design updates - winter 2016
Auburn Hill are experts in bespoke orangery and conservatory design and are always looking at the bigger picture when it comes to making our houses feel like home. Today's article will give you lots of interior design inspiration for the winter months. 

With Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations behind us, we're now on the final countdown to Christmas! Yes, the season of goodwill is nearly upon us, and now is the time to start getting your homes ready for festive parties, the big Christmas dinner and a New Year's soiree. 

Let's get cosy, add some glitz (it is Christmas after all!) and pay homage to the icy tones that adorn the great outdoors! So here are five ideas to give your home a touch of magic as we wind down and enjoy the celebrations...

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Snuggly layers

With the weather taking a turn to the chillier side, it's time to turn the heating up and snuggle down under cosy layers. Throws and pillows aren't just practical in keeping you comfy and warm; they can be stylish decorative items too!

Layering up lots of different pillows and throws on your sofa and bed will add a different mix of styles to your room and draw attention to accent tones. Try layering a combination of knitted, faux fur and printed throws and pillows - just keep them within the same colour palette to avoid too much of a clash. 

Nordic tones

We spoke about the Hygge trend in our last design update, and it seems the trend is still going from strength to strength. We're taking the look in a different direction, and looking to traditional Nordic colour tones and patterns. 

Icy blues and greys, Fair Isle prints and Nordic landscapes are all influencing our homeware. Introduce prints in your soft furnishings with a Fair Isle duvet set, or add an accent wall in soft grey or a muted blue. 

Timeless elegance

It's the season of sparkle, but we're doing it elegantly this year. Add glitz and glamour to your home with subtle glittery references. An embellished cushion or metallic thread throw can all add a bit of glitz to your home without overpowering it. 

Include pastel tones with a metallic edge; pale pinks, blues and champagne shades are perfect. Quilted headboards can add an elegant element to your bedroom; simply add a luxurious throw, some scented candles and you've nailed timeless elegance. 

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Rustic Christmas

When you think of Christmas, images of sitting by a log fire, with a hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and cream in a rustic country cottage spring to mind. While, you may not live in a cottage, you can still recreate the look in your home.

Incorporate traditional materials and items for a rustic look. Antique mirrors, wooden photo frames and upcycled furniture all add to a homemade feel. Wooden tree decorations, homemade stockings hanging over the fire and tartan finishes on gifts will add a rustic charm to your Christmas theme. 

Colour clash

Our daylight hours are becoming increasingly restricted, with the days getting shorter in the lead up to Christmas. So, why not take a stance against the dark and introduce pops of colour into your home to brighten it up. 

The trick is to keep other elements in your home simple. White walls with colourful accessories, scream personality and add a vibrant uplift to your decor, plus they can easily be updated and tailored to your changing tastes in the seasons to come! 

Now that you've made your home a festive and cosy haven, it's a great opportunity to learn how you can keep your home warm without turning on the heating too! 

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