With the shift in seasons and the cooler weather settling in, now is the perfect time to add a few warming touches to create your own winter retreat at home. Turning to the decorating power trio of colour, texture and pattern, will create plenty of opportunities for you to add and create warmth in any space, in your own way. Here are the nine winter home essentials you need to transform your place into a cocooning and inviting hotspot.
Winter Essential: Throws
Adding a woven throw to your sofa, armchair or bed is a sure-fire way to bring instant warmth to any space, over and above the warmth it provides you when you’re chilling out on the sofa binge-watching the latest TV series. Seek out a classic plaid or tartan for traditional charm, or a vibrant colour to offset and complement the tone of your living area seating. Our current favourite is this Alpaca Throw Rug in Grey Check from In Bed. Its timeless grey-and-white plaid pattern makes it a versatile style choice, as at home in a Scandi look as it is in a coastal scheme.
Winter Essential: Candles
Appealing to all the senses will complete the cosy factor in your home. Striking a match and lighting a candle is a winter essential routine and the considered collection by Black Blaze ticks all the boxes. Setting the table with elegant pillar candles will bring a sense of occasion to any dinner party – we love these ones. A scented candle with a woody, earthy and spicy fragrance is a winter-perfect choice to go with – this one fits the bill. And for an instant scent hit? Go no further than a room fragrance - the depth of this Saudade Interior Fragrance Spray is made for a chilly winter day.
Winter Essential: Cushions
Bolster your sofa or bed scheme with a few new plush cushions. Let your hands guide you here – velvet, wool, shagpile… whatever feels good is guaranteed to add warmth to your winter home set-up. And a combination of shapes, even if the tones are similar, will bring further interest to your look. If you’re wanting a mix without the look getting too busy, stick to a colour palette and make your cushion choices within these tonal variations in mind. Block colours are a good place to start, such as these fun Elk Bolster cushions, and if you’re a fan of neutrals, introduce warmth through tactility – the Monte Pom Pom wool cushions from Pampa are our go-tos.
Winter Essential: Rug
Having something tactile under your feet is sure to amp up the cosy factor at your place. A rug is a winter home essential and brings not only warmth through texture and material, but also through the infinite pattern possibilities. The Sherpa rug by Armadillo & Co combines flat weave and high pile construction for contrasting interest and feel. If you’re after more floorcovering options, turn to our guide for the best places to buy rugs online.
Winter Essential: Lamp
Adding a warm glow to a living space is another winter essential for your home. A floor or table lamp situated in a corner next to a favourite armchair or sofa may be all you need come a quiet winter night. The clay form of the Mika lamp in Cream from Sydney-based company McMullin & Co has a casual yet refined elegance, while the pleated fabric lampshade diffuses the light for a soft and dreamy feel.
Winter Essential: Feature Wall
Turn the blank canvas of plain walls into artful feature walls with wallpaper. A graphic choice, whether in the form of a repeated motif or a grand mural, wallpaper has the ability to enclose a space and make it feel a little more intimate; a winter home style essential element. Renowned stylist Sibella Court has just released her Nostalgia collection of wallpapers for Sparkk and our favourite is the watermarked painted stripes of Franklin.
Winter Essential: Quilt
Come bedtime on a chilly night, there is nothing better than diving under the covers with a quilt to keep you toasty warm. Treat this winter home essential as the foundation of your bed styling – it takes up a substantial amount of space and can guide your other decorative bedding choices, whether it’s the sheets or cushions. The versatility of this double-sided option of the Dawn Art Quilt from Greenhouse Interiors allows you to style your bed in different ways, with a vibrant graphic print on one side or a soft chambray blue and sage green colour combo on the other.
Winter Essential: Artwork
Bring the winter warmth to the walls with a new piece of art. Art may add colour and texture but the warm decorating element comes from choosing a piece that speaks directly to you and reflects your style. We’re big fans of Bonnie Gray’s Mediterranean- and French Riviera-inspired canvases and prints. Find out more about Bonnie by reading our fun chat with this vibrant Australian artist.
Winter Essential: Planter
Ditch the nursery plastic pot and treat your beloved indoor plants to cosy winter homes of their own with a ceramic planter. As the cooler conditions arrive, fresh greenery at home needs a platform to truly shine from and a textured plant pot is the best way to do it. Melbourne-based potter Arcadia Scott handcrafts a range of textured ceramic planters and her Fire on Clay Planter is a great choice, celebrating the raw beauty of clay with the earthy grain adding further interesting sculptural dimension.
Preparing your home for the cooler months means nesting in the best possible way. Decorating your home for winter calls for accessories that provide instant warmth through texture, colour and pattern. These nine winter home essentials will have your place toasty warm, taking the bite out of the winter chill. Looking for more ways to give your home an instant facelift? These nine ideas will add luxe polish to your place.