Mother Nature clearly knows a thing or two about which colours work in winter-time for these colours have also filled the fashion houses for this autumn/winter. Pink is maybe the surprise star of the show. From the shimmering sorbet ice pink of that winter sky through ballet slipper tones and marshmallow to flamingo, watermelon and bubble-gum, a pop of pink makes your heart sing. Glorious, joyous and fabulous, it is exactly what we all need when it’s cold outside. Use pink to warm up your home too. A flash of fuchsia, such as with this beautiful Heathfield & Co Auria lamp, is eye-catching and enticing, and set against darker shades, creates a look which is bold and strong, playful and confident.
Another strong colour gracing the catwalk is couture red. This is a deeper shade than the red we’re more familiar with. Think blood oranges and pomegranates, this is a colour to make your mouth water. Combined with unusual shapes at the fashion shows, the look was both arresting and sensuous. In the home, choose something equally eye-catching, but easy to live with. These Bentley Designs Oslo Oak chairs unite this contemporary colour with a retro-twist. And if retro is something you like, then consider this Cobra Red wide chest of four drawers: a conversation piece but also wonderfully practical.
Midnight blue can be the perfect foil for pink or red, or employed alone embodies decadence and sophistication. On the catwalk, models were enveloped in sumptuous swathes of velvet. In the home, sink into velvet-soft chairs, like the Libra Curve Chair, and surround yourself with dark, deep colours to soothe and entice. Think St Petersburg on a cold December night, imagine you’re watching the lights sparkle on the Neva and pour yourself something warming. Speaking of which, if you favour cocktails over cosiness, you may prefer the Shankar Radcliffe Blue Bar Stools. Contemporary and cool, they will be a striking addition to any home.
If you like a more traditional look, then look no further than the Prince of Wales check. Made popular by the Duke of Windsor when he was the Prince of Wales, the traditional plaid fabric was brought bang-up-to-date on the catwalks this winter. Bring a touch of country living to the most urban – and urbane – of homes with the Frank Hudson Corsham Armchair in charcoal Kintyre fabric.
And how should you light your home this season? The metallic trend continues, but in warmer copper tones, once again reminiscent of that sunset sky. Create an inviting glow with this Heathfield & Co Colmea Copper Table Lamp. Or to bring sparkle even without lighting, these Dan-Form Carisma copper plated chair definitely has the wow-factor.
Alternatively, be inspired by top brass of a different sort; the military green is another key trend this winter. The Domitalia Dot-LT chair and the Heathfield & Co Ebury wall light are both available in shades of green - a colour which may not appear in a twilight sky, but is always welcome at this time of year. Muted and understated they may be, but olives and khakis give depth to a neutral palette.
Whichever trend most appeals to you, be inspired by the catwalk this winter and your home is sure to give a model performance.