Kirsten Bannister, founder of her own interior design company, believes in creating luxury
and elegant design schemes for homes and workplaces for affordable prices.
This month Kirsten has given us some ideas on how we can all make our homes feel elegant and yet cosy during the autumn and winter months. You do not have to spend a fortune to create an inviting, intimate and warm room that looks like it is from a top design magazine.
ABOVE: 1 | Maison Du Monde Soho Pendant Light Shade, £325 ~ 2 | Linwood Fabrics Miji in Navy Feature Wallpaper ~ 3 | Made Alana Mirror, £199, ~ 4 | Loaf Dixie Sofa in Goodnight Blue Clever Velvet, £2,095 ~ 5 | Loaf Keeper Coffee Table, £325~ 6 | Loaf Sugar Bum Love Seat, £1145 ~ 7 | Loaf Siesta in Burnt Yellow Rug, £225 ~ 8 | Loaf Gumdrop Footstool in Old Orange, £445 ~ 9 | Etsy Gold Plant Pot
Warm tones of velvet upholstery are perfect for snuggling up on in the autumn and winter months. A timeless Dixie velvet sofa in a rich, dark blue is a perfect way to not only add warmth but also highlight a variety of beautiful cushions. Mix different coloured and textured fabrics such as knits, velvets, and printed linens to create an inviting place to snuggle up in the cold evenings. Add a deep textured rug to enhance the cosiness and intimacy of a room.
THE GOLD TOUCH
Adding gold to a room always adds a sense of luxury and warmth. Subtle splashes of gold décor enhance the light and ambience of a room. Gold accents are an intelligent way to add sparkle and a subtle hint of luxury to a room that you do not want to overpower with metallic or bold colours. Adding a gold mirror to the room helps not only reflect light around the room but a great way to add a subtle touch of elegance.
Adding a feature wall adds such a statement and focal point to a room. Using patterned wallpaper adds opulence without overwhelming the room. Wallpaper is a failsafe way to add ageless pattern and authenticity to contemporary rooms. It also gives the opportunity for you to re-introduce the colours and shades it holds via other forms such as cushions, ornaments and accessories.
Accent furniture is a great way to inject your personality or embrace your wilder side, whether the chair, sofa or footstool is covered in a plush, warm, orange velvet or a striking print. Introducing interesting pieces of furniture such as a stunning an upcycled Parker Knoll rocking chair, like the one shown by The Cornelia Collections, (07780 687188) adds a great deal of visible interest and vibrancy to a room.
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