Style: How to get light and warmth in the dark months

A contemporary interior and fireplace that takes advantage of skylights and big windows.
A contemporary interior and fireplace that takes advantage of skylights and big windows. Korisbo

THE Scandi-chic interior trend featuring creams, white and beige is still in vogue, while at the other end of the colour spectrum, dark colours, especially in unexpected places, is also a huge trend.

So what to make of it? All I can say is there is something for everyone when it comes to contemporary winter interiors.

While the Scandinavian interior trend highlights fresh light colours, it's a look that is rich in textures. Think furs, chunky wool knits, coarse linen and velvet.

It's all about lush and contrasting textures that provide a sense of comfort, light and warmth in the darker months.

The increasingly popular use of darker colours in our living spaces, such as inky blues, regal purples, greys, charcoals and black all pop when contrasted with lighter walls, furniture or flooring.

Kitchens have been the surprising room most affected by this colour trend.

And there's no getting away from it - winter is not only coming, it's here in true castle style.

To create your own home of thrones look, drape woollens, skins and furs (fake or real) over flooring, beds, lounges and chairs to instantly raise the temperature and style of your space.

But the ultimate glamorous accessory for any home in winter is a fire.

Home fires vary greatly, from simple fireplaces most often found in period homes, to stunning contemporary architectural masterpieces that create as much visual effect as they do warmth.

There is nothing more welcoming in winter than home fires burning bright.

Topics:  decorating style weekend magazine

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