Winter in the Highlands

While we sit here feeling toasty in front of the fire this freezing cold weekend,  I mull over the colours, textures and finishes that exude warmth in a cold climate.
Sometimes it is simply the chosen colour palette of muted hues in greige, string or faded blues and greens.
The warmth of aged timbers, the glow of candle light or an open fire.
Bookshelves filled with books both old and new.
A cosy throw rug or scatter cushion in a velvet or tartan wool
If all else fails, a chunky knit and cashmere bed socks.
Take your cue from nature itself and create a colour palette that makes you want to luxuriate indoors.

Winter whites .. the warmth of white interiors

Winter is officially here, the ski season has commenced and we have had our first fall of snow … much to the relief of all.
I may have said this before but … white does work in winter. We have all heard the expression in the fashion world … winter whites !! Well the same can be applied to the world of interiors.
There is nothing quite as warming as white on white with the accent being on texture, line and self pattern. Mixing shades of white and cream adds a richness to the palette.
A white scheme is enhanced by incorporating neutrals such as sisal rugs, hints of gold or other metallics and timber furniture and flooring.
Bedrooms allow you to build upon a predominantly white/cream scheme with layers of bedlinen as we move from Summer to Winter. Don’t feel the need to add colour for warmth.  There is nothing quite as cosy as cream mohair blankets, a cream silk eiderdown, cream velvet or quilted scatter cushions or a rich cream flannel bedhead.
The elegance of white is transseasonal !!
images: gabriel flores, this is glamorous

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