Very often, winter home design trends have always been adopted first by those that live in suburbia. The family home in the suburbs has always been ripe for the adoption of the latest trends.
Now that we are heading into the colder months, we are going to see a slow but quite poignant change in the way we decorate our homes. It’s no surprise that creating a cozy place has always been the priority of the country home. Bedrooms, living rooms, and our kitchens all become the top three rooms in which we strive to implement our style. We want different kinds of textures, comfort levels, colors, and the overall ambiance of the rooms. We are going to discover the latest winter home trends, but for the country home only. This way, you have a naturally authentic style that combats winter and gives you maximum comfort.
Dressing your neutrals
If you have a neutral home, such as a white or beige living room then dressing your rooms with the right kinds of items, is the first thing to do. Since you have a white or cream sofa, this is a natural color of coldness. If you have snow outside and a white sofa or neutral living room, you will have a continuity of that coldness into your home. So here are some ways you can bring warmth into the room.
- Earthtone throws! You should look for tassel throws, so they can cover more of your body and also provide you with a lighter coverage when fully wrapped up. Another reason is, the tassels will show you where the ends are, so when you are folded into the throw, nice and snug, you know how to unwrap yourself.
- Choose earth tones such as bark brown, peanut butter brown, autumn amber, and even, forest red.
- Get some sofa pillows which can be stuffed with coarse wool. Made out of linen, these beige natural material pillows would give your sofa a warm hue and a warmth in the literal sense.
Of course, there are no flowers that grow in winter, except for some very rare species. However, winter decor is one of the best opportunities for you to implement these kinds of fresh flowers. Try the Bora Bora, Lucerna, and Fuji, as they all have white flowers with blue and purple offshoots as well. The thing is, this kind of flower bouquet should be matched with another decoration or accessory that is also white. For that reason, a white vase would be brilliant. Not as a flower vase but actually, a styled vase which is made from bone china. The material, when shined, can be one of the most beautiful items that any home can have. Put in the foyer or the hallway on a side table, the vase adds a natural stiffness and white color of winter. Yet, bone china is very good at retaining heat, which is why coffee mugs are made from it.
Everyone has heard of the term ‘shabby chic’ and for good reason. It didn’t originate in the summers of the 70s, which is what is so often thought of. But actually, it was created in the country home back in England. Farmers needed an area rug which was cheap and yet very warm. Therefore, they use sheep’s wool that has been cleaned and dried and roughly matted together. The shabby chic area rug is great for the winter because it has multiple benefits in terms of heat retention.
- Highland wool is from Scotland and great for a shabby chic rug. It’s coarse and very thick, so the heat gets trapped very easily in between the fibers.
- Merino wool is great for autumn and winter, but mainly autumn. So if you have a hot home, this kind of area rug would be just enough for what you need to keep the temperatures up.
- Falklands wool is perhaps one of the best winter wool in the world. Made from sheep that are from the South Atlantic, in the |British Falklands Islands, it’s the best area rug wool you can find.
Ottoman or pouffe
We believe that every country home has some kind of footrest. It’s just the way it has to be. Putting up your feet by the fire and sipping a cup of hot chocolate is just what you need when you live in a rural area. The winters are very harsh in the countryside, as there isn’t a high density of people and there are any structures to halt the winter from picking up speed. Thus you naturally have more frost and freezing temperatures in the country. Keeping your feet warm as well as your other extremities is the key to nice winter decor.
The Ottoman is very good as it can hold a lot of weight. So you can really learn on the Ottoman and it will support your feet or boots very well. However, it’s mostly in leather or softer fabrics like Egyptian cotton or velvet. Satin is also used for this item.
The Pouffe is a generally new addition to the home. It’s made entirely out of wool but it’s not weak. It will not collapse under your weight as such, but it is not as structurally strong. The coarse wool filling is very comfortable and feels great. But if it’s too soft, your feet will sink down and not be fully supported so get a high-quality pouffe and don’t go for the cheapest option!
Cozy country sheets
Perhaps the most important part of a winter country home, are the bedsheets. They have to be warm, they need to be tough and very comfortable. We believe that sheets that are made out of a finer thread are the way to go, but it’s the material which they are made from which counts the most.
Egyptian cotton is great if it’s over 1000 threads. If it’s 900, or 800, then it’s going to be thinner and more inclined to lose heat quickly. Anything less than that even is not good for country home winters. We believe that Merino wool in 1200 thread is by far the best option. It’s going to be very smooth, soft and dense. However, Merino wool is from Spain, made by sheep that have unique genetics and don’t make the most amount of wool. So you don’t need a lot of wool for it to be effective.
Alternatively, if you want something unique and very rugged, get tartan wool bed sheets. Again, from the Highlands in Scotland, this kind of wool is made from the sheep in the area but woven in a very specific way and dyed in a specific pattern.
The country home trend of down feather pillows is making a comeback. For a long time pillows have been filled with duck feathers but these are coarse and very often, not very good regarding hygiene management. However, geese down are very soft, warm and easy to clean. So for your bedroom pillows, buy a goose down pillow which has a density rating of 80% for the best kind of mix. The down needs to be washed every 6 months, but it can be washed on a cold setting so you don’t shrink the pillow or damage the fibers.
The country winter home is by far the best at managing and retaining heat in the home. However, it’s also the most stylish winter home style. Do you see anything you like?