Texture! Texture! Read all about it! We’re talking velvet + faux fur, wool, hide and more, from your living room to your boudoir.
Winter is the time for creature comforts. It begs a little R&R. It’s about the gratification of the senses. And we are surrendering to its will whole-heartedly. We’re getting our cosy on with snug textures destined to warm up our interiors.
Velvet is deliciously luxurious. It’s finely woven, distinctive and silky smooth to touch. Prior to industrial looms, it was expensive to fashion, and as such it was associated with nobility. Today it’s associated with sweet sweet red cupcakes, and that is only good.
Plush, stately, and sensuous, velvet adds an air of opulence to your interiors. If you opt in en-masse, you’re likely to tip the balance towards splendiferous extravagance.* But a few velvet pieces will put winter in its place.
Designer’s Choice Lewis Velvet European Pillow Case, available in various hues online at Zanui.
*Note: the warning about being too OTT does not apply to pillows or cushions. We’re partial to piles + piles of them…
Velvet’s sleek texture and rich hues work in well in relationship with cotton, linen and jute-edged cushions. Play around with contrasting colours for vibrant visual appeal. Or opt for graduated pastels and neutral hues for a sophisticated cosy feel.
From L to R: Aura by Tracie Ellis Luxury Velvet Cushion and Cornermill Rita Upholstered Bed Head, Wall Mounting, available online at Zanui.
With its sensual nature, velvet works equally well in your bedrooms, as in your living spaces. Velvet buttoned bedheads instill a sense of refinement, intimacy and just a dash of indulgence, whilst velvet pillows collaborate with the softness of this space.
Velvet answers to contemporary as much as classical interiors. Add velvet pieces into an urban industrial aesthetic to increase its comfort factor.
WOOL FOR WARMTH
When it comes to warmth, this natural fibre is a standout hero. Wool – whether it’s from sheep (wool), goats (mohair and cashmere), or rabbits (angola) – is soft, strong, and celebrated for its heat-trapping qualities. Insulate your home against winter’s unfriendliness with throws, rugs, and cushions fashioned from its fleece.
Ward off the chills with wool rugs underfoot. Rugs enhance your homely ambience as well as lifting the temperature and absorbing sound. Select a statement design or support your aesthetic with something more subtle.
Wool cushions introduce a coarser texture to your cushion-scape. Select heart-stoppingly sumptuous Mongolian Lambswool Cushions for arresting style or channel a more traditional old-world style with the Bronte wool tartan cushion range.
Don’t discount the possibility of hanging your rug for a textured visual statement that adds depth and warmth to your interiors. Shag rugs (rarely made from wool but nevertheless) also inject personality and warmth within your interiors.
Faux fur has been fighting back the winter chills for quite a few seasons now and the good news is that it’s here to stay. Its fleecy and at times flamboyant designs add instant character to your room. These pieces work in well with Scandinavian and modern interiors or up the ante in minimalist spaces.
Throw rugs soften the hard lines of your furniture. By draping them across the arms of your sofas or across your bed you break up the lines, creating a more relaxed aesthetic. The plush texture of faux fur throws maximises this.
THE REAL DEAL – HIDE + LEATHER
Introducing animal hide and leather gives your interiors definition and edge. It answers the task of contrasting all that cosiness, preventing your aesthetic from becoming too superficial.
Opt for animal hide rugs or leather accents – floor cushions that fuse fabric with leather are a fine example. Coarser textures, like jute, rattan, wicker and wood also work to prevent your home from looking too feminine. A surfeit of anything is NEVER a good thing. Balance your soft textures these more masculine materials.
LAYER, LAYER, LAYER!
From L to R: Rapee Rockie Throw and Mandy Throw and Aura by Tracie Ellis Big Stripes Throw, Pastel Mint, available online at Zanui.