1st June 2021

Winter Interior Trends 2021

Our favourite interiors blogger, Jen Bishop is back giving us her tips on what’s hot and what’s trending this Winter season! 

By Jen Bishop, publisher of Australia’s largest interior design and renovating blog, Interiors Addict

I’m definitely on board with all the trends I’m seeing for winter this year and as someone who grew up in England and is big on defining the seasons with decor, I’m here to tell you what’s hot in our homes (see what I did there?) for the cooler months.

 

As someone who loves a cooler colour palette and whose favourite colour is navy, I’m thrilled to see greens and blues taking the limelight at the moment. While warmer earthy hues like browns, reds and oranges were more on trend for autumn and winter last year, they’re not the only colours which can be cosy.

Image Credit: Supplied by Intrim Client. Interior Designer: Lesley McClennan @ The Design Consultant

 

The Retreat palette – one of three trend colour palettes identified in the 2021 Dulux Colour Forecast – captures the mood of this coming winter. “These earthy tones and muted colours are all drawn from nature – think oceanic blues, nourishing greens, soft greys and touches of mustard,” Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour and Communications Manager says. “They bring the outside in – ideal for a time when most of us are stuck indoors for long stretches – and plug into the growing movement for wellness in design.”

 

Images Credit: Dulux Winter Forecast 2021, Stylist: Bree Leech, Photographer: Lisa Cohen,  Artwork “Fast Forward” by Liam Snootle

 

Images Credit: Dulux Winter Forecast 2021, Stylist: Bree Leech, Photographer: Lisa Cohen, Top Artwork “Long Doggie Print” by Rachel Castle

 

Scared of painting your whole bedroom navy like I did? A great alternative is to create a feature wall (they’ve moved on since the nineties, don’t worry!) with paneling or timber mouldings. I, for example, have a blue/grey Intrim VJ Board Pro wall behind my entertainment unit and TV, and the rest of the living room is white.

Intrim VJ Board Pro Feature Wall

Image Credit: Jen Bishop (Bedroom & Living Room)

 

If VJ isn’t your thing, you can create a more traditional or Hamptons feel with wainscoting. This even enables you to dabble in a two-tone scheme with perhaps a navy wainscot and a pale blue wall above.
One of the best things about creating a feature wall with timber mouldings and paint is that you can simply paint over it with a new colour when you fancy a change, giving you a quick and cost-effective update. I love these examples of projects with green and blue feature walls using Intrim mouldings.

Image Credit: Three Birds Renovations House 13

 

And if you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, nothing says cosy winter more than sitting in front of one. And timber mouldings allow you to add interest and detail to your fire surround and perhaps a shelf to display decor items; making it a real focal point. You could even consider painting this an accent colour rather than the usual white or black.

Credit: Living Walls Joinery

 

Last but not least, when it comes to decorating for the cooler months, something that’s always on trend is layering. Think about where you can add extra layers. I always like a hallway runner for the cooler months but take it up in summer. You can add extra cushions and throw rugs with more textural and heavier textiles. You might throw a sheepskin over the back of your sofa or even a dining chair or two. And this is the time to really have fun with layering your bed and making it the hero of your room.

Image Credit: Supplied by Intrim Client. Interior Designer: Lesley McClennan @ The Design Consultant

 

Don’t forget that panelling your walls is just that too: an extra layer of interest and depth. All these little touches add up to a home that’s interesting, homely and characterful.