You can tell things are changing. The sun now rises in a different place on the horizon and sets earlier. For those of us in states with daylight savings time, the clocks have turned back, and the days are beginning to get shorter. 

The seasons are changing across Australia. Depending on where you live, you will be starting to feel temperatures getting colder, the shadows cast by the sun are longer, or if you are in more tropical areas the dry season is heading your way. 

This is the time to take a look around and let your interior styling reflect the new seasons, either by bringing in new colours, textures or layers into your home. 

With cooler weather we spend more time in doors to keep warm and snuggly, and our interior styling can reflect this too, adding to the homeliness and comfort we seek away from the winter temperatures. An easy way to do this is to bring warm colours and textures into your home decor. 

Warm colours are traditionally tones of red, orange and yellow, evoking images of fire. You can also work with earthy tones like rust, bitter chocolate, saffron or olive that bring warm accents to your spaces. 

These wonderfully luxurious tones work well when layered with neutrals. A few weeks ago, we wrote about the wonderful Moroccan colours we’re now seeing; the spice colours, that also evoke mystery and warmth. These accents can be bought in via cushions and throws, but you can also add this through rugs, art or décor objects. You don’t need to make loud design statements to create warmth. 

The aim here is to create accents in your room, without overwhelming the space. Remember, if you bring in a new colour to add warmth, ensure you pick that colour up elsewhere in the room. This may be from an artwork, the colour and texture of a vase or even the flowers or plants you have in a space. 

Layering and textures is another effective way of reflecting the change in seasons. Now is the time to play with texture, and even compliment you existing linens with gloriously tactile boucle or velvet fabrics in cushions, or really splash out on a cashmere throw. 

The last 12 months have seen a surge in boucle fabrics in furniture and furnishings. We have also seen some amazing uses of tweed in high end furniture, and we think this will flow into our interiors during 2022/23. Tweed will be the ‘new boucle’ for interiors. Think soft, and cozy, not scratching and course. 

The new options are textures and patterns of tweed that create understated luxury, comfort and beauty. The options include playing cleverly with houndstooth patterns, but more interesting to us is the ‘Chanel look tweed’ textures in furnishings. Reflecting that classic beauty of a Chanel suit, the interest comes from the irregularity and the mix of hues in the weave, ranging from neutral tones to orange, brown, greens and blues. 

 We’re excited to see how the new ‘tweed’ becomes part of furnishings during 2022 and more abundantly into winter 2023. 

June 15, 2022 — Mark McKie

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