The experts at House + Garden give their tried and tested ways for cosy Winter Décor interiors in your home. Interior Designers Marie-Louise Keeley, Susie Crawford, Sheenagh Green and Alice Slattery give their tips for making your home a hibernation heaven.
What’s At Your Fingertips?
“Winter is all about feeling cosy and comfortable in your homes. It’s not just about the addition of Christmas or seasonal decorations, though more on that fun later! For Winter, consider enhancing your sitting room, kitchens, dining rooms and bedrooms with a few extra soft furnishings. New cushions or throws can make a nice seasonal change to rooms. Think burnt orange, rust or moss green in textured soft fabrics” – Susie Crawford
All About Styling
“Furniture doesn’t have to be new to look new. Styling, dressing it or placing it in different locations brings as much new life to a room as a new piece of furniture. If you know something can look better, have confidence and give styling a go! Take some accessories from other rooms, have some fun for a few minutes moving things around, and hey presto, you might land on the optimal room layout.” – Marie-Louise Keeley
Practice Makes Perfect
“Pinterest, Instagram and interior magazines give us inspiring ideas for dressing and styling for Winter. Grab a photo that is appealing to you and see can if you recreate something similar in your house.” – Alice Slattery
“Choose a colour scheme, say two, three or four complimenting or contrasting colours. Choose your favourite colours, and see what you have around the house in that colour scheme. Traditionally Christmas is reds, golds, greens, whites, though modern day dressing can be any set of colours. Express yourself combining your favourite colours and see what comes of the result. If nothing it will attract opinion and is a great talking point with family and friends.” – Marie-Louise Keeley
Don’t Recreate The Wheel
“Simple changes can have a huge impact. Consider how art is hung and change the placement of photos and prints on your walls. Arrange ornaments, books and candles into groups or related objects or shapes to create visual impact. Add nice, stylish touches like a sculptural house plant to a work top or sideboard. A little shake-up can provide a completely different look and feel, which will delight you as much as your guests.” – Sheenagh Green
All About Upcycling
“Painting or spraying wood furniture a new colour or re- upholstering seat pads or tired sofa cushions, breathes new life into existing pieces. A new base colour means you can add a whole array of new styling items to dress it, a small change that can make a big impact.” – Alice Slattery
“While Christmas gives us a chance to create our own table centre pieces or decorative features, it doesn’t have to be only for the festive season. Simple things like a large glass bowl with fresh oranges with cloves, or hanging some seasonal stems to mantle pieces or banisters, can lift a room.” – Sheenagh Green
Visit House + Gardens’ Christmas Ex-Display Furniture Showroom in Sandyford For Festive Décor, Home Furnishings and Gifts. Open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday’s 10am to 3pm in the Stillorgan Business Park.