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Trends & Finds

Winter Decorating Trends

As the cooler weather sets in, all eyes are on decorating trends this winter.  Creating comfortable spaces that make you want to stay indoors are more desirable than ever.

Entertaining at home is definitely more appealing in winter and the dinner table becomes the centre of activity. My hot tip, invest in a bar cart. Think delicious roast dinners shared with friends or family over wine. Complement a curated dining space with a statement bar cart, such as the Jonathan Adler Cheval Bar Cart featuring beautiful brass and mirror. It’s opulent and sophisticated.

The focus on warm brass tones is also key.  Steer clear of cliché winter tones in favour of classic gold. Instead of an accent colour, complement neutrals with gold to make an interior pop.

Thick, knitted warm materials never date and enhance a sense of comfort. In recent years cashmere and organic cottons were in vogue however this year it’s all about wool. Your home will feel like a sanctuary with rich throws or a woollen braided rug, and you can select whichever colour you please as there is always an abundance of styles in stores in the lead up and during winter.

I cannot highlight enough how incredible the right accent lighting can be at home. The days are darker in winter so beautiful table lamps and floor lamps on dimmer switches work a room wonderfully. Use pendant lighting or chandeliers to accentuate a room. Often people will think of their lighting piece last once the room is almost complete, however I think designing a room around a light can be key to aesthetic success. Timothy Oulton is renowned for statement lighting pieces and the only Australian store is located on Church St in Richmond. It’s well worth a browse when in Melbourne.

We’ve seen an influx of lucite pieces coming through from overseas into Australia. It’s such a luxurious finish in furniture and Jonathan Adler has really embraced this style in particular. Traditionally it is a very difficult material to build with and so the meticulous techniques to produce these pieces can be reflected in the price however it is definitely worth it in a luxury home. First used in design in the 1920’s, the beauty this material brings to a room is timeless.

I think everyone should consider adding personality at home and having fun with decorating. It’s more appropriate now to add punch with quirky accessories. In Australia, we love to entertain and show off our homes. If you are wowed by a piece then there is a fair chance others will be too. Personality goes a long way.

Beth

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