Winter 2016’s top four styling trends

As winter draws in, we tend to spend more time at home so it’s a great time of year to invest in some new pieces that are both beautiful and practical. We’ve narrowed down the top four upcoming season’s interior trends to help you plan a new look at home. Take a look…

1. Blush pink

Normally, winter sees rich, jewel tones such as sapphire and ruby as our go-to colours. However, this year pastel pink continues on from summer as a focal tone. This gentle hue creates a sense of calm, which is the reason it was chosen as part of Pantone’s first ever two-tone Colour of the Year for 2016. We’ve seen this pink interpreted into deeper shades with Dulux’s 2016 winter colour forecast, which includes a rich purple and soft mauve. We can expect to see a big focus on pinks and purples in stores this winter.

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2. Natural textures

This year, ‘natural’ textures are in, so opt for chunky knits in chalk and tan, suede cushion covers and soft leather lounges. Also, rugs – whether made from natural fibres or faux fur – are a popular way to add warmth to floors or to add a luxurious effect when thrown over an armchair. If you have spare time during the longer winter evenings, why not try to knit yourself a throw using the colours and materials of your choice?
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3. Warm-toned metals

We’re seeing reflective metals, particularly brass, copper and steel, as the go-to for finishes and lighting designs this winter. There are a huge number of ways that you can bring these into your home – from tap-ware to cutlery, bowls to lamps. If you’re due for a bathroom or kitchen update, why not try something a little different and invest in golden-toned tap-ware? It adds a touch of ‘glam’ and becomes a statement piece.

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4. Soft lighting

As the evenings get darker earlier, lamps create a cocoon effect and are much more ambient than the classic overhead lights. There is such a wide range of lamps available these days, but the timeless designs of a large glass base with a classic black or white shade are always a fail-safe option. Or you could bring in two trends at once with brass or copper pendant lights, just like below.

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