Winter doesn't have to be the most miserable season of them all if you pay some attention to your interior design. It's easy to banish the winter blues if you use mood boosting colours and styles to give winter the cold shoulder.
Add warmth with hot hues
Winter is the perfect time to add some spice to your neutral interiors. Hot pink, lime green or shocking orange can all be used to add a warm edge and make us think of sunnier climes. Don't go overboard, or you'll lose the impact - add your chosen shade in the form of a throw, rug, curtains or some cushions.
Keep it cosy
Another simple way to spice up your interiors is with a warm paint colour that really lifts the spirits on a dull day. Anything fire inspired will add instant warmth to your walls, so a muted terracotta is a great choice. Just make sure you pick a colour with a warm underlying tone.
Layer it up
This advice is just as useful for your interiors as it is for dressing well on a chilly day. Use a range of natural textures that ooze warmth and luxury. Layer up your sofas with wool, sheepskin, even velvet throws and invest in a luxury cashmere blanket for the bedroom or getting cosy in front of the fire - nothing beats real flames for brightening up your interiors when the weather turns colder. Hygge may no longer be a buzzword, but that sense of cosy warmth is definitely the way to tackle winter!
There's something magical about using a lot of light to reflect white and mirrored surfaces in the winter time. However, it's a look that definitely needs balancing with some vibrant colour - a dash of red or a royal purple - and offsetting with the natural textures of logs and pine cones, greenery and fresh flowers.
Fresh flowers always lift the spirits, and bold floral wallpapers can be a real mood booster, too. Try a winter floral - sumptuous pink roses, say, against a dark or black background - on one feature wall, particularly in a bedroom, for a very contemporary take on the trend.
Light it up
There are two ways to introduce more light into your interiors during the darker winter months - by playing with your light fixtures and bouncing light off metallic accessories and mirrors. Copper, brass and bronze all lend rich, warm, reflective hints to your interiors and why not experiment with coloured glass shades or LED lighting that can be controlled to match your needs and your mood?
The warmth of wood
Wood effect vinyl flooring adds so much beauty to your home. Plus, being vinyl, it is low maintenance and a smart choice for allergy sufferers. It's also the perfect flooring material for winter, invoking thoughts of cosy log cabins and Swiss chalets. Dress your floor for winter with some luxurious wool and sheepskin rugs to wiggle your toes into and you'll have the perfect Scandi winter vibe. If you're considering updating your floors this winter, why not add underfloor heating for extra luxury?