Wednesday, December 19, 2012 9:00 AM EDT
Are you dreaming of waking up to a winter wonderland on Christmas morning? I know I am.
Cozy winter scene via Anthropologie, and Country Living
I might be in the minority, but winter is my favorite season. There is something completely magical about walking under snow-covered trees and breathing in frosty, crisp air. My fondness for wintry scenes is easily translatable to interiors. Imagine an all-white home layered with textural fabrics and softened by a weathered, rustic look. It’s a style that is perfected by the Scandinavians but completely at home in our Northern Canadian climate.
If you love winter white it’s an easy look to translate to your home. The key to making it appear warm and cozy is to layer it with rustic wood and lots of textural elements like sheepskin rugs and wooly, nubbly fabrics. If you’re renovating your kitchen for example, you could achieve this look by installing reclaimed barn wood floors. Your cabinets could be either a high shine glossy white or a matte white painted wood cabinet. To add a bit of interest and definition, try a mosaic backsplash in a marble like Calacatta which will have streaks of pale gold and grey throughout it. A touch of caramel leather will help give you that cozy look and could be used on banquette seating, on counter or bar stools or even as hardware for your cabinet doors. For lighting, you could try something with a mercury glass shade which will give you a soft warm glow.
Are all-white interiors a look you favour? What’s your trick for making them warm and cozy?