Winter styling tips brought to you by Nicholls & Co

Now that Winter is upon us, we wanted to share some tips with you on preparing your home for sale, or simply styling it, at this time of year.

Instead of turning up the heaters, why not look into winter design trends that will create warmth through the cooler seasons. Here are a few easy, and budget-friendly, ways you can create the perfectly cosy winter home.

  1. LAYERS AND TEXTURES

Layering textures and fabrics in your living room and bedrooms will help to trap in the heatto provide that extra bit of warmth. You can do this by usingthrows, cushions and anything with a bulkier fabric.Heavy curtainswill have this same effect on the space, as well as chunky knit or wool blankets. Faux furis another option which you can find in a variety of homeware shops. By layering these fabrics on your sofa, you will create a warm and welcoming cocoon.

Grasscloth wallpaperis a beautiful, timeless look that can warm up an interior theme and even though it’s classic, it is very much on trend at the moment. This will add depth and that winter warmth you are seeking.

  1. BRING IN THE LIGHT

Lighting in winter is key and can really impact the feeling of a space. Soft lighting helps to brighten the home and create an inviting feelwhen natural light is lacking. Swap out your cool white globes for warmer ones. Floor and table lampsare perfect for your living room and bedroom spaces. Natural light – Don’t forget to clean your windows during winter. When your windows are clean the glass lets in more of that precious low winter light.

  1. LIGHT THE CANDLES

Another way we love to brighten up a space in winter is to add candles. An added upside to candles is their fragrance which is great for covering up that damp smell from your home being closed up during bad weather.

  1. MIRRORS

Mirrors are a really great decor item in winter. Large-scale mirrors will always impact the light levels due to the reflection. The key with these is to go fairly largeand try to match the scale of the furniture piece below it.A long, vertical freestanding mirror will make any hallway or entry feel much larger. If you can have the mirror reflect a pretty outlook such as a tree or water view, it will bring the outdoors in which is definitely a preference in Winter, rather than having to actually go outside.

  1. WARM UP YOUR WINTER COLOUR PALLETTE

Adding some lux-inspired, deeper coloured tonesto your decor is a great trick to bring in warmth. Try to inject rich tones like rust, orange and mustardwhich work brilliantly for winter. Deep moody blues and greys are also a popular choice for winter. If you’ve always wanted to paint a feature wall, winter is the perfect time to do it. The depth of colour will help to make your home feel more dramatic and intimate, and the hard work is sure to warm you up quickly. If a permanent feature wall is a bit too daring for you, introduce colour throughaccessories such as cushions. Throws, rugs, table runners and wall art. Having a visually rich environment will enhance all the senses. Metallic pops like gold and copperwill also add a hint of drama and give the space a feeling of richness. You can also add this through candles, accessories or small occasional furniture like side tables or arm chairs.

  1. RUGS

Oversized rugs that extend beneath both the sofa and coffee table in the living room and a rug that tucks half under the end of the bed adds to the cosiness of these rooms. Dining room rugs need to be large enough so that chairs can be pulled out and remain on the rug. Rugs are not only great for setting zones but also soften and warm the look of hard flooring like floorboards and tiles whilst also helping the acoustics of the space. Not only do rugs add a splash of colour and texture to your room, they can help keep them warm too as floors account for as much as 10 % of heat loss if they’re not insulated.

  1. INDOOR PLANTS

Including plants in your décor not only makes the room feel more inviting but it also freshens the air when you have to keep the house closed up for the cold weather.