Add warmth with soft furnishings: cuddle up with natural materials in the bedroom and layer your living space for an inviting look that’ll see you through to spring.
Rattan doesn’t usually conjure images of winter warmth, but when paired with natural materials in a range of neutral tones and appealing textures, it becomes an obvious choice. “In 2020, we will see a modern take on bohemian decor that’s all about creating a soothing atmosphere with soft, neutral fabrics and rattan,” says Rebecca Snowden, interior style advisor at Furniture Choice. Here, a neutral palette in the bedroom is layered up with natural sheepskins, jute rugs and seagrass storage baskets for the ultimate in cosy bohemia. Invest in rugs, throws, and an abundance of scatter cushions for depth to dive into.
Pantone’s colour of the year for 2020 is Classic Blue, a bold shade that recalls the sky at dusk. While that doesn’t immediately scream snuggly winter homewares, it does offer a sense of serenity that perfectly complements our natural look. For the design team at Sofas & Stuff, a colour pop of blue brings a calming ambience to winter interiors. Whether finished in sumptuous velvets and cotton, wool mixes or hand-woven linens, their handcrafted beds, sofas and statement armchairs are the height of cosy at any time of the year. Team the Tintinhull snuggler in blue ticking stripe with a natural jute rug for the full effect.
While soft furnishings such as cushions, blankets and throws can add layers of seasonal warmth and texture, you can really up your home comforts game with a furniture piece that is, in itself, crafted from the cosiest materials. Perch Upholstery’s Hermia footstool is topped with a knotted merino wool cushion that’s nigh on impossible not to squeeze at any given opportunity. The wool has been hand-felted for both texture and durability, and with hand-turned pale oak legs, the versatile stool offers a slice of Scandinavian cool alongside its obvious cosy appeal. Go bold and bright or stick to calming ivory to suit your neutral scheme.
Incorporating natural materials into your home is key to keeping toasty. But nature’s own fabrics will cleverly keep you cool in the warmer months, too, so plump for pure wool, cotton and linen in your choice of soft furnishings. Linen bed sheets offer a wealth of year-round benefits: they’re naturally breathable, durable and hypoallergenic, and without the need to iron, boast a relaxed, crumpled texture – perfect for a laid-back and layered scheme. Loom & Last’s Frida French grey linen bedding is woven from flax plants found on the rolling fields of Normandy. And when paired with blush tones, they’re cosy, but also spring-ready.
Bedding bundle from £160 (loomandlast.com)
Get creative with rugs for added warmth by layering up carpets asymmetrically and in complementary shades and patterns, or even as wall-hung artworks that’ll award your living space instant glamour – as well as added insulation on the coldest winter nights. According to luxury rug-makers Woven, texture is a big story for 2020, with the use of varying fibres, different weaving techniques and innovative surface finishes throughout their latest collections. For that lived in and loved aesthetic, Louis De Poortere’s Antique Hadschlu rugs hit all the right notes. Pictured is a re-edited distressed flatweave version of the classic 782 Hadschlu design.
From £386 (woven.co.uk)