Winter Warmth - Top trends for your home this season 

Bring winter warmth into your home this season and cosy down with a mix of cool greys and a touch of spicy burnt orange.  Thick wool knits are the ultimate in indulgent luxury, so treat yourself to a chunky throw for those chilly winter evenings in front of the TV.  Add warmth and texture with a thick knit pouffe for your feet and complement with winter themed cushions.  Get ready for the chill!

The colour palette this winter - shades of grey

Grey is the backdrop colour to winter.  It is the neutral canvas against which the accent colours of the season adhere to.  Burnt orange leaves, bright red berries, deep evergreen foliage and cool silvered branches provide the spectacular visual accents we all love to see develop as winter envelopes the countryside around us.  As with cooking, the saying goes - things that grow together go together.  The same can be said for the colours of the seasons.  Take a cue from the colours around at this time of year and introduce a winter palette into your home.  Add a zesty zing to your home with a dash of burnt orange spice to add a warm glow when the days are cooling down and nights drawing in.  Orange is the perfect accompaniment to grey, but there is a fine line between  chic modern to 70's throwback, so be mindful of overdoing the orange.  Small touches of burnt orange colour in cushions, lamps and other room accessories will emanate elegance.

Red is the perfect accompaniment to grey. Both contrasting yet complimenting each other perfectly.  Similarly, team grey with chrome and silver accents like mirrors and  light shades, thus providing a cool and understated elegance.

Midnight blue velvet

Richly coloured velvets are a must this season.  Not only are velvets deep and rich in texture they are perfect in winter for cosying up in when it is cold and dreary outside.  The top colour right now is midnight blue.  John Lewis and Heal have beautiful ranges in this must have colour.  If splashing out on a new sofa is not in your budget, why not add accents of velvet blue cushions instead.

Thick chunky knits

What's better than to wrap yourself in this truly irresistible chunky knit throw from Lauren Aston, irresistible to touch,  and perfect this winter to snuggle up with on the sofa .  There can't be a better new trend this winter than the big knit.  Growing rapidly in popularity for obvious reasons, you can adorn your house with the large weave from anything from cushions, throws and pouffes to armchairs, stools and even light shades.

Tartan - the winter fabric

Those rich deep colours and warm woollen weaves bring cosiness to a new level this season.  Tartan, the traditional Highland export has made an appearance once again this season, and is still the height of luxury and style.  Available in an array of  styles and colours, covering everything from entire sofas, rugs and carpets, to smaller room accessories, cushions and throws.  You can transform a whole room or add small touches, depending on your taste.

Scents of the season

No home should be without candles at this time of year.   Fill your home with beautiful spicy aromas and an ambient glow for instant winter warmth.  Be bold with decorative candles or candelabras.  The perfect accompaniment to any winter room scheme.