Winter Palette

Temperatures have dropped under zero this week. We are in the middle of winter. Today I'm sharing some winter color harmonies with you to give you ideas on how to decorate your home in this season. From very light, crisp pastels tone to a darker palet, inspired by a winter night in the mountains.

winter image via Expressions of nature - colors from top down Milk Zoffany - Great White 2006 Farrow & Ball - Quarter La Seine Zoffany - Mid Lead Colour 114 Little Greene - Railings 31 Farrow & Ball - Dimpse 277 Farrow & Ball

winter image via Expressions of nature - colors from top down Milk Zoffany - Great White 2006 Farrow & Ball - Quarter La Seine Zoffany - Mid Lead Colour 114 Little Greene - Railings 31 Farrow & Ball - Dimpse 277 Farrow & Ball

Waking up in the morning and finding a landscape covered under a tick carpet of snow, got reality this week. Frosty windows will filter the sun light coming in. Blue sky and crisp air. Winter pastels, a fresh color harmony. Combine them with white and light grey tones. Look at the deep white snow and let this inspire you for soft fabrics, heavy woven structures, and thick knitted bedcovers.

winter image via Expressions of nature - white interior via Looks Like White

winter image via Expressions of nature - white interior via Looks Like White

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication", said Leonardo da Vinci. An interior in a color harmony of white doesn't have to be boring. There are hundreds of white shades. And you think white is a cold color? It all depends on the material. If you have a furniture with a white lacquered finished than yes, this is cold. But imagine a nice velvet, a cashmere pullover, heavy wrinkled linen, those reflect warmth. And combine it with natural wood for an inviting interior design. 

outdoor image via Pinterest - felt blankets via VT Wonen - felt shoes via Pinterest - interior via Instagram

outdoor image via Pinterest - felt blankets via VT Wonen - felt shoes via Pinterest - interior via Instagram

Wool felt, padded fabrics, blankets, open fire, candle light, cup of hot milk, furry fabrics..... all to bring you comfort in dark and cold times.

glass drops via Stellarsky - fabric on armchair Astrakan Elitis - bas-relief wallpaper Loop Elitis - candls via Kreativk - Delpozo spring 2017

glass drops via Stellarsky - fabric on armchair Astrakan Elitis - bas-relief wallpaper Loop Elitis - candls via Kreativk - Delpozo spring 2017

This color harmony can be very refined, candle light which reflect in crystals, modern wallpaper with a bas relief, fabrics for upholstery in heave weaves. 

Breeze of Winter via Fotoblur - colors from top down Skylight 205 Farrow & Ball - Coquette Lt. 146 Sanderson - Silverflake 7 Sanderson - Bastille 165 Sanderson - Double la Seine Farrow & Ball

Breeze of Winter via Fotoblur - colors from top down Skylight 205 Farrow & Ball - Coquette Lt. 146 Sanderson - Silverflake 7 Sanderson - Bastille 165 Sanderson - Double la Seine Farrow & Ball

Not every day in winter we wake up with a blue sky, there are a lot of other days when the foggy air slowly vaporizes, giving only a slight idea of what is behind. There is softness, no hard edges. Faded colors: a simple and sophisticated color palet, which at the same time can be kind of glamorous. 

Breeze of Winter via Fotoblur - restaurant in Mandarin Oriental hotel via DPages

Breeze of Winter via Fotoblur - restaurant in Mandarin Oriental hotel via DPages

There is a sense of yearning for calm and purity. The weather invites us to stay inside and find comfort. Not as in summer where colors can be bold and give us energy. Soft shapes, natural materials. 

Tidal rug The Rug Company - faux-fur cushions via Dirtbin Design - Collage with Nature - interior image via Woonhuis

Tidal rug The Rug Company - faux-fur cushions via Dirtbin Design - Collage with Nature - interior image via Woonhuis

Winter season is the period for luxurious comfort, to indulge yourself with soft knitted throws, fluffy textures. Prints with an undefined pattern,  faux-fur pillows in feminine colors. Wool rugs with a heavy woven structure. 

Patchwork Linens from Copenhagen via Remodelista - faux-fur throw Pop Sugar - cosy winter decoration via Oak Furnitureland - interior image via Feed Puzzle

Patchwork Linens from Copenhagen via Remodelista - faux-fur throw Pop Sugar - cosy winter decoration via Oak Furnitureland - interior image via Feed Puzzle

We go for soft accessories with extra comfort, cozy textiles.

Image Bergen, Norway via Avenly Lane Travel -  colors from top down Fairy Tale Blue Benjamin Moore - Twilight Benjamin Moore - James White 2010 Farrow & Ball - Spanish Brown 32 Little Greene - Basalt 221 Little Greene - Terre D'Egypte 247 Farrow & Ball - Pumpkin Pie Benjamin Moore

Image Bergen, Norway via Avenly Lane Travel -  colors from top down Fairy Tale Blue Benjamin Moore - Twilight Benjamin Moore - James White 2010 Farrow & Ball - Spanish Brown 32 Little Greene - Basalt 221 Little Greene - Terre D'Egypte 247 Farrow & Ball - Pumpkin Pie Benjamin Moore

January and February don't have to be a grey and sad, let us create a positive vibe. We can use colors to brighten up the dark days, such as a Fairy Tale Blue and Pumpkin Pie form Benjamin Moore, or Terre d'Egypte from Farrow & Ball. We will create a cosy atmosphere in combination with some darker tones and neutrals. Is a bit a vintage color range, makes me think of the 1960's.

 

Image Bergen, Norway via Avenly Lane Travel -  runner The Rug Company

Image Bergen, Norway via Avenly Lane Travel -  runner The Rug Company

An uncomplicated color range to create a fresh and young interior. There is a certain "fun" factor in this harmony, to break through the winter gloom. Go for simple shapes with colorful accents.

interior via Decoholic - Kalalou Ceramic Deer bowls Mod.ish - winter pajamas with traditional print Sequins & Things - armchair Slice Pierre Charpin

interior via Decoholic - Kalalou Ceramic Deer bowls Mod.ish - winter pajamas with traditional print Sequins & Things - armchair Slice Pierre Charpin

Modern with a touch of tradition. We just have the holiday period behind us, nostalgic times with a lot of family gatherings, festivities. By adding some traditional style elements in your home you can bring back this family feeling. This can be an embroidered pillow, a striped blanket, some old fashioned ceramics, vintage elements.

mountain style interior via Art de Vivre - printed cotton Tyrol Pierre Frey - wallpaper Derby Elitis - Mug for All Yamaka via Maison & Objet - Tapan pendant lamp Verner Pantone via The Designerpad

mountain style interior via Art de Vivre - printed cotton Tyrol Pierre Frey - wallpaper Derby Elitis - Mug for All Yamaka via Maison & Objet - Tapan pendant lamp Verner Pantone via The Designerpad

Touches of tradition can work well in both a city environment and country house. A wallpaper with a tartan, nordic influences, objects with a clear sense of the hand of the maker. 

image Austria via Architecture and Design - colors from top down Old Navy Benjamin Moore - Denim Wash Benjamin Moore - Faded Rose Zoffany - Amber Zoffany - Pointing 2003 Farrow & Ball - French Violet Benjamin Moore

image Austria via Architecture and Design - colors from top down Old Navy Benjamin Moore - Denim Wash Benjamin Moore - Faded Rose Zoffany - Amber Zoffany - Pointing 2003 Farrow & Ball - French Violet Benjamin Moore

Midnight blues to reflect winter's deep color harmony. Dark and moody with some vivid highlights. Colors inspired by a dark evening in the a mountain village. Deep dark blue tones, some light accents in amber and warm ivory tones as it would be jewel tones. The total look of this color range can look opulent and regal.

image Austria via Architecture and Design - interior via Our Food Stories

image Austria via Architecture and Design - interior via Our Food Stories

It is time for shutting out the world and to indulge. To enjoy long evenings around the well decorated table. Dark colours in your interior will give a feeling of comfort, being protected from the world outside.

table setting via Timeless Wrought Iron - bench via Journelles - Spellbound cabinet Koket - Seed Cloud light fixture Ochre

table setting via Timeless Wrought Iron - bench via Journelles - Spellbound cabinet Koket - Seed Cloud light fixture Ochre

A refined color range for an elegant interior. Imagine a nice cotton velvet in a midnight blue, candle light reflecting, some gold touches. And for decorating the table: take a look what you have in your fridge, nothing can be more decorative than adding some colorful vegetables of the season.

Dandelion ciment tile Marrakech Design - black sesame macarons via The Tart Tart - window image via The Poetry of Material Things - Ombre wall - sequin dress The Elms Vintage

Dandelion ciment tile Marrakech Design - black sesame macarons via The Tart Tart - window image via The Poetry of Material Things - Ombre wall - sequin dress The Elms Vintage

Dark colors which fade away as the sun is coming up in the mountains,  reflecting on the snow. Ombre wallpaper and curtains, sequins for your evening wear. Touches of luxury.

and how can you make your home comfortable and sophisticated for this time of the year

  • depending on your mood or style of the house: choose your color harmony
  • use natural materials, heavy knits, faux-fur
  • you want to be relaxed when reading a book or watching a movie under a blanket, think of layers of fabric
  • candle light will bring this touch of hope in your room
  • and add color to bring joy

Let me know your ideas, I'm curious.

Enjoy the winter!

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