Combine natural surfaces and warm colours to give your space cosy, new life
Words: Nabeel Allie | Photography: Frances Marais | Styling: Charl Edwards
Nature continues to inspire how we construct, deconstruct and decorate the spaces we live and move in. As we go into winter, the colours and textures of the outdoors can bring a unique warmth to your space, as well as its own cosiness. A few simple touches, along with the right textures, can warm up your space.
Colours are a simple way to bring warmth, light and comfort in a space but be sure to match the right shades with the right textures. Ochre is a deep tone that lends itself to faux-fur and velvet textures. A deep yellow chair or pillow cover is an ideal home-warmer, while a softer yellow subtly adds some light, think soft-to-the-touch lamp shades and napkins. Metallic touches, which should be used sparingly, work wonders as side tables next to your bed or as an outdoor lantern and can give your space a more all-encompassing natural feel. Deep colours work well with rich textures but incorporate them with softer feels so as not to limit your space’s aesthetic.
Use textures to smartly incorporate pieces of nature throughout your home to finish its aesthetic with relaxed and calming elements. Grass fibre baskets and rugs have warmth woven into them, despite their rough look. Be sure to keep such textures closer to the ground so that their warmth can rise rather than fall. Smooth wooden features can seamlessly interact with rougher textures, particularly when you juxtapose their placement. Lamps, frames, tables and other wooden additions for your space can connect well above, on top of or otherwise close to rougher items.
Don’t limit yourself to autumnal shades of brown and yellow though. Add darker, wintery colours like grey and black but, as with metallics, do so sparingly to amplify and complement other colours. If the shade is too dark, it leans towards a more modernist feel so opt for something with granular feel, like a classic pestle & mortar, to add rugged earthiness to different communal spaces. Lighter shades are equally as useful: they’re ideal in-between options you can use to transition between different pieces of furniture.