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By Sadaf Jabeen
Tue, 12, 17

This week, You! takes a look at the biggest trends in home furnishing this winter season...


This week, You! takes a look at the biggest trends in home furnishing this winter season...

The interior design industry is like the fashion industry - colours, fabrics, prints, and accessories go in and out of style. As seasons change, so do home decor trends. Here are some of the biggest design/furnishing trends of this season...

Dark interiors: There seems to be an ongoing demand for darker interior this season. Teal, dusty pink, deep blue and burnt orange are some of the shades that will be seen around even more around. Combined with rich plush textiles like velvet and matched with sleek woods and warm metals they create a sophisticated luxurious ambiance that rocks the senses.

So much green: From the runway to design studios, green, in all its glory, is making itself known. And with so many shades, tones and styles to choose from, it’s super easy to incorporate, no matter what your style preferences are. This season, dark green is a must-have dark colour as we say goodbye to navy and midnight blues. Used in a feature armchair or cushions and decor items as an accent, it adds depth and can bring in the colours from the outdoors. Combined with rich natural wood and leather and accented with brass and cream, the cozy colour is a perfect fit for winter.

Relaxing retreats: Feeling overwhelmed with your digital devices? This trend is for you. People on Pinterest are carving out cozy, more intimate areas in their homes to serve as tech-free sanctuaries. Relaxed furniture and materials will follow suit, from deep sofas with linen slip covers, to oversized love seats, day beds, Icelandic sheepskins, chunky knit wool rugs and floor cushions.

Texture: Weaving texture into an interior makes it more inviting and the idea of mixing fabrics and materials is on the rise. We are seeing more and more texture in every form, from brushed brass tables to light fixtures to fabrics and wallpapers. A quick way to test the trend: Drape a nubby wool throw over a leather chair or mix fabrics used for decorative pillows.

Velvet: What could be more soothing than velvet? This season is all about velvet, and velvet on velvet. The fabric feels luxurious and welcoming for winter, and when combined with rough natural textures (think reclaimed wood and woven baskets) and smooth metals and ceramics, it adds visual appeal and tactile coziness to a room.

Blush pink: So long, millennial pink! Blush is back and better than ever. It’s coming out in textiles, paint colours, accessories, anything. From vintage glassware, to velvet pillows, to painted planters, everything looks great in blush.

Faux finishes: Due for an update but don’t have the funds? You don’t have to spend a fortune to make some improvements. Increased availability of faux finishes, from removable wallpaper and floor decals to stick-on subway tiles, to the faux florals and wooden beams of Fixer Upper fame, have made it easier and cheaper than ever to make quick home improvements.

Brass: Brass is the new copper, especially when incorporated into furniture in an overt way. Polished brass and trendy metals like copper have trickled down to the mainstream by now so it’s all about black finishes.

Bronze: This season, we also see loads of bronze too - a metal that warms up any space. It’s a lot more classic as it complements a myriad of decorating styles - whether it be vases, lamps, or decorative bowls for the kitchen.

Interesting bedding: Strip off those plain white sheets and try something more exciting this season. Nowadays we are seeing a lot more pattern being put together and even paired with interesting monograms.

Upholstered bedheads: Chic and sophisticated, upholstered bedheads have a knack for tying a room together. They’ve been a staple in luxury hotel bedrooms and celebrity homes for a while, but now we’re all falling head over heels for the bedhead trend. Whether you opt for the classic model in neutral colour with buttons, or a plush one in velvet, a bedhead is an easy way to update and add instant glamour to a bedroom. And given that they come in every colour and style under the sun, there’s basically no reason not to make one your own.

Organic materials: The outdoors is making its way in, and this trend is no exception. Wood and stone can be beautifully integrated into a variety of aesthetics while contributing a soothing natural vibe.

Quilts: Not into the chunky knit? Dying to ditch your duvet? This winter welcomes return to an old classic. Quilts offer a handmade, homey element to any bedroom - modern or traditional.

Quirky lighting: Think of lighting as an accessory for your home - it’s the perfect way to show off your unique design sensibility. A quirky lighting fixture looks great in a dining room. It’s a great space to go for and do something unusual. Also consider sprucing up your bedside lamps with something truly memorable.

Terra cotta tiles: Terra cotta tiles are back. Incorporate the classic earthenware to add warmth and character to your home!