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When the temperature drops, most of us naturally pull out extra blankets and switch to heavier bedding, but did you know there’s a lot more you can do to create a warmer feel in the home?

Just like colours can affect our mood, so too can warmer interior styling help create a cosier feel in our homes.

Here are 10 of our favourite ways to warm up your interiors!

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1. Embrace natural materials

Mixing materials that are kept closely to their natural form such as timber, clay and textiles, will soften and add warmth to your interiors.

We used a wool runner rug from Provincial to bring a connection to earth in this entry, and it instantly creates a welcoming feel.

Rugs

2. Moody colour palette

Dark and rich tones, such as deep grey or red wine tones for those who are a bit bolder with colour, are great choices to get you through the colder months. Lush greens and navy are also on-trend colour choices that offer a cosy, comforting feel.

Pick one of these darker colours to set the scene in a room and consider adding a lighter accent such as cream tones or lighter greys, and a touch of a warm metallic to highlight and add contrast.

Adairs throw
This ultra-soft Adairs blanket sets the moody colour palette for the space

3. Aged metallics

While copper and brass were the ‘it’ metallic finishes of summer, this winter we’re seeing a shift to more brushed and aged metals.

This large round mirror from Early Settler has an antiqued finish with beautiful darkening and tarnishing — nailing both the round mirror and aged metallic trends in one!

Eucalyptus branches

4. Warm up your bathroom

Generally the bathroom gets missed when we take our interiors from summer to winter but there are a few minor updates you can make in this space that will warm it up.

Selecting towels in deeper tones, like these grey Freedom towels, and creating a small vignette using a candle in a wintery scent, products in pharmaceutical style bottles, and a few brushes or pops of natural materials, is all you need!

Monochrome bathroom

5. Layer layer layer

Layering blankets and pillows on the bed, and throws and scatter cushions on the couch or occasional chair, will make these spaces appear and feel all the more cosy!

This season we’re seeing a resurgence of the velvet quilt and you can find loads of great buys at Canberra Outlet in a range of colours and styles. You don’t have to stop at one throw on top of your bed — also teaming a sheepskin, hide or chunky knit throw will really make your bed look dreamy.

Warm up your interiors for winter
Using plenty of layers on your bed is one of our favourite ways to warm up your interiors

6. Create a cosy corner

We’re set to have one of the coldest winters in decades but rather than wallow, why not embrace the chill and create a cosy corner where you can sit at night with a good book and warm drink?

Comfortable and stylish occasional chairs like this one from Focus On Furniture are becoming increasingly more affordable. Layer it with a throw, like this fun pom pom one from Adairs, and a cushion for added comfort. Finish the space with an on-trend side table (you can find this one at Homemaker) and your winter retreat is ready!

There’s nothing like enjoying a cup of hot chocolate next to the fire and if you feel like creating an extra decadent cup, you might like to check out this recipe topped with cream and chocolate flakes on the Lindt website.

Luxe hot chocolate Warm up your interiors

7. Wintery scents

Styling your home for winter isn’t just about what we see — it’s also what we smell.

Swap your summery candles, like lime and coconut, for those with a more wintery fragrance. Pick scents with spiced notes or natural essential oils.

Monochrome bathroom products Warm up your interiors

8. Create book stacks

Books make a great styling prop all year round but especially in winter when you want to hint at curling up inside with a good book.

A stack of 3 or more books looks great on its own or you can layer decorative items on top. For added interest, try stacking some books horizontally and others vertically.

Interior books feature

9. Branches or faux branches

Branches are another way of bringing nature into our home. Some of our favourites include Magnolia, Eucalyptus or cotton flowers. Not only do these look beautiful, they have an extra-long lifespan (when compared with fresh flowers) or alternatively you can find a great selection of everlasting faux branches that are identical to the real thing. Freedom and Early Settler are just some of the stores where you can find Magnolia, Lambs Ear and Eucalyptus branches, just to name a few.

Cotton flowers in TK Maxx vase warm up your interiors
Cotton flowers in TK Maxx vase, branches are one of our favourite ways to warm up your interiors

10. Display extra cushions or throws

Just when you thought you couldn’t layer any more items on your bed or couch, we’re suggesting you display even more! Using an open pocket of a side table or neatly folding a throw blanket on your couch are two easy ways you can create a cosier feel in your home.

We hope these ideas have inspired you to bring some warmer styling to your home this season. All of the items pictured are available at Canberra Outlet who we collaborated with on this post. How do you like to make your home feel cosier over winter? Tell us in the comments below!

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