Fashionable and functional design for winter

October 28, 2015


When it comes to interior design, it is all about creating a look you love. However, you also need to think about practicalities, after all, you need to live with the design for years.

This is true when it comes to creating a home that is suitable for all the seasons. Failing to take into account changing weather and temperatures could leave you with a beautiful home that is too cold or too hot throughout the year.

In order to avoid this, you need to ensure that the interior design styles you choose are both fashionable and functional, especially at this time of year when winter is on its way.

Here are some on-trend ways to decorate your home that can help it feel more comfortable this winter while still looking good:

Soft furnishings

Fabrics and soft furnishings are a great way to change the appearance of your room, fit with the latest interior trends and ensure the space is suitable for winter.

You can add things like throws to sofas, either covering them completely or simply being folded over the back of the settee, which double up as a design element and a blanket for those cold nights. Cushions are also a great way to make a room look and feel more cosy while also serving as a brilliant way to introduce colour, patterns and textures.

Of course, one of the most important soft furnishings, especially during the colder months, is curtains. These help to avoid heat loss through your windows on winter nights, so investing in a heavy pair for all year round or just for the season is definitely a good idea.

Accentuating rugs

Whether your floor is carpeted, tiled or wooden, a great rug can make all the difference.

You can use rugs to add a contrasting colour to your room, create a separate area - which is a great idea for multi-use rooms - or add another texture to the space. The big plus to rugs is that they help provide a little bit more insulation, which is always needed during the winter months.

If you find that your room gets cold, it could be a good idea to lay a high-quality rug. Floors that have little insulation cause heat to seep from rooms, which can make heating more expensive and less effective.

A rug can totally transform your space while also adding another design element.

Warm colours

As well as being bang on-trend for the autumn and winter season, bright colours can trick you into thinking that a room is warmer than it is.

Choosing colours from the warm side of the colour spectrum - reds, oranges and yellows - can help to brighten your room but also stop it from looking cold and stark. Whether you choose to feature them over large areas or just use the shades as accents, these colours can make a big impact on how your room looks and feels.

Design around heating

If you have central heating in your home and/or a working fireplace, you need to factor these into your interior design. Blocking them or organising your space in a way that reduces air flow throughout your room may lead to the look you are aiming for, it will leave you feeling the chill at the end of the year.

While your heating or fireplace don't need to be the central focus of your space, you still need to bear them in mind when creating your design and layout. Avoid putting furniture directly in front of any heating sources - for safety reasons, as well as practical ones - and don't box your heating in.

Ensure you can reach controls safely and that air can move around your room well to allow heat to reach the whole space.

None of these tips will impact the look of your space too much, but they will definitely create a functional design for winter.

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    Joanna Carter

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