How To Work With Texture To Create A Toasty Winter Style

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We’re taking the textured approach and creating the ultimate snug respite to last out the winter months. Get your Inuit on and join us in crafting the cosiest of igloos with faux fur, hide rugs, flannelette bedding and more.

Winter is all about texture. It’s a sensual time of year. And nobody doubts that layering is the call of the day. But how do you combine materials for balanced style? How much is too much? And, where does colour fit in?

Texture is essential to design success. It adds depth + weight to your room. And it teaches the eye how to take in the space. A room that’s too similar throughout tends to look ‘flat’ and disinteresting. Yawn. Textures help the gaze travel.

So in our truly opportunistic way, we’re exploiting texture’s gifts to make the ultimate winter nest. Here’s how.

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Featured: Otto Armchair, Frost by Zanui and cowhide rug from NSW Leather Co.

Consider your colour palette

It’s one thing to fall in love with soft neutrals, sherbet or brazen tones. But are they the best choice for your space?

Colours with big personalities tend to narrow your room, whilst understated hues enhance its spaciousness.

Choose cool over warm colours in a more compact space. Hate them? Charge up the charisma with bold cushions and throws.

Limit yourself to one (or two) larger feature pieces (like a sofa or occasional chair).

Working across graduated hues creates a versatile base. It doesn’t have to be as sombre as Picasso’s Blue period. This allows you to showcase your textured accents.

Images sourced L to R: sunflowersandsearchinghearts.tumblr.com and nauticalcottageblog.com

The 2-3 rule

We believe in too much of a good thing… The art of layering relies on an element of restraint. A room filled to the brim with faux fur will more likely make you feel ambushed than at ease.

Distinctive textures work better when they’re not forced to compete.

Whether you’re opting for an upcycled timber dining setting, a hide rug, or a plush mohair throw, two to three statement textured elements serves as a good guide.

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Up the luxury

Winter was designed for DVD series. Whether you’re into dark Scandinavian crime dramas like The Killing (for Sarah Lund’s fantastic jumpers!) and The Bridge (for the delightful Saga) or maniacal medieval epics like Game of Thrones, investing in luxurious throws is a must.

Throws and cushions are an easy update and a great way to make your room pop!

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Beautiful cushions from Rapee. Shop all cushions online at Zanui.

Want a seriously foxy look? Faux fur is your friend – try Bambury’s plush cushions and throws. Not so keen on animal print?

Odyssey Living is spoiling the world with their super-soft blankets and throws. And Bambury’s Mongolian Lambswool cushions are an old favourite.

Images sourced L to R: myliving.se and apartmenttherapy.com

Keeping the balance

Match understated hues with understated textures. Or vice versa. This adds visual interest without overpowering your aesthetic.

A waffle weave blanket in a neutral hue introduces deliciously soft yet sculptural undertones.

Equally flannelette sheets in vibrant designs up the cosy – see j.elliot HOME‘s winter sheet sets.

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Rough & natural texture

Add in organic fibres to contrast the luxe element of your soft furnishings. Raw driftwood, rattan or distressed + upcycled timber look great.

These materials ground your room, conversely lending it intimacy. Smoother textures tend to be create a more aloof style.

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Featured: Baskin Jute Rug from Rug Culture, Scarlette sofa and Odin Stool, Oak from Zanui. Shop all jute rugs online at Zanui.

Lighting is a fantastic way to introduce this. It’s a great way to make a feature of your ceiling space. Lucretia Lighting offer a wide selection of natural to treated timber lighting in intriguing shapes whilst Micky & Stevie marry patterns with texture for stylish warmth.

Images sourced L to R: bhg.com and bintihomeblog.blogspot.nl

Open spaces = tranquillity

Placing distressed and sleek materials in direct contrast makes your textured piece stand out. For a more relaxed style, separate these elements.

Space in a room is like a pause in conversation. It allows you time to take things in.

La voila! There it is. Toasty as… You’re all set for the temperature drop! Bring it, winter.

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.