Top Interior Style Design Ideas for Winter 2021

Top Interior Style Design Ideas For Winter 2021

By Emily Miller

As winter draws near, we are preparing for leafless trees, longer nights, and snowy days. The colder weather of winter means more time spent indoors. So now is a great time to plan ahead and prepare for the upcoming season by rethinking and updating your home’s interior design. 

Not all interior design adjustments require a total makeover however. In this article, we will take a look at some of the current interior style design trends. Then we will include helpful suggestions for how to incorporate these top interior design style ideas into your home decor- for any budget. Let’s take a look. 

1. Cozy Textured Materials

Furniture and decorative objects made from natural materials can completely transform the feeling of any room. This past year, expert interior designers have noticed a renewed desire for natural materials. Rattan furniture, cane webbing, and textured wall hangings all bring a sense of softness and calm to any room. Jute, leather, and ceramics provide interesting textural contrasts in furniture and objects. Light-toned wooden tables set off thick woolly carpets nicely. Or spring for a live edge wooden table that emphasizes the natural curve of the tree bark. 

Other easy accessory choices can include marble coffee tables, wicker baskets, terracotta vases, and earth-toned pillows and throw blankets. Knitted pillowcases, leather floor cushions, jute rugs, and woven poufs can make your living room feel extra cozy and inviting for those cold winter afternoons. Hang up some chunky, textured, woven wall hangings to further soften the look of your space.  

Layering different textures and materials creates a dynamic and unique interior design scheme. Just stick to a coherent color palette so your space doesn’t accidentally look too busy or hectic. Try playing with scale as well; combining, for example, a larger braided jute rug with a smaller faux-fur throw. 

2. Adaptable Spaces

Open floor plans may provide plenty of room to move around, but this winter it’s all about making your space work for any purpose. With so many people affected by the coronavirus pandemic, more family members are spending time at home during the day- whether attending digital school or going to work remotely. So using your space to adapt to the changing needs throughout each day is key during the wintertime in particular. 

Think through each family member’s needs during the day. Do some people need silence in order to concentrate on complicated work tasks? Do other people need access to the fastest internet speeds in the home for long video calls? Designate a special workspace in the home for each member of the family to keep people from stepping on each other’s toes. 

Then transform the space for the evenings. Room dividers are a great way to change up the spatial arrangements in the home each day, and they allow you to customize based on your family’s changing needs. Some higher-end room dividers even come with extra storage space inside, which could be a clever solution to an overcrowded living room. Consider swapping out some of your current furniture items for more adaptable pieces. Tables that fold down or come with a removable console can allow you more flexibility in how you use the space. 

3. Vintage Nostalgia

You want your home to tell the story of you. So one great way to make your interior décor reflect your unique personality is to incorporate vintage design elements. This year, we have seen the return of vintage styles, from the sleek lines of Art Deco and midcentury modern to the lacy gothic intrigue of Victorian-era furniture. 

Incorporating nostalgic items can create an atmosphere of comfort, safety, whimsy, and imagination. Granny chic, or ‘grandmillennial’ style, is on the rise for winter, with lace accents, gilded surfaces, velvet cushions, tempered brass, and floral prints. Think antique shop knickknacks and claw foot bathtubs, and you will be on the right path. 

If you have been bitten by the nostalgia bug, be sure to maintain a sense of playfulness about it. Mix and match items from different eras to keep your space feeling contemporary- otherwise your granny chic décor becomes, quite simply, granny. Instead, embrace the grandmillennial aesthetic trend and combine textures and patterns, old and new. You can scout for unique items at antique fairs and thrift stores, or use paint and varnishes to upcycle items you have inherited.

4. Plants and More Plants

Though the trees may have lost their leaves outside, your home can still be a green sanctuary. Fill your rooms with house plants that are well-suited to adapt to indoor conditions. Not every plant needs tons of sunlight to survive; opt for plants that thrive in warm, dark spaces. 

Plants such as Spider Plants, Chinese Evergreen, Prayer Plants, Peace Lilies, Moth Orchids, and Snake Plants are all great choices, even for those of us who may not have a green thumb. Just make sure to consider your choices carefully if you have pets; some house plants are toxic for cats or dogs. 

Not only do the green pops of color mesh with this season’s natural furniture trends, but plants can also help improve the air quality in your home. Plus, studies have shown that having more plants around can help provide a natural mood booster, so taking care of your house plants can help you beat those winter blues. 

Design Ideas For A Cozy Winter

This year’s winter design ideas are endlessly adaptable. Whether you are ready for a total home renovation, or simply want to pick up a few new items to make your home feel fresh and cozy for winter, these style guidelines can help direct your choices. In the end, the most important thing to keep in mind is what you like. 

How do you want to use your home space? And how do you want your home space to feel? Make design choices following your personal needs and preferences so that each time you step into your home, you feel surrounded by exactly the right atmosphere. Natural elements, house plants, and vintage items can all combine to make your home space feel even more like home. 

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