We asked Madrid-based interior designer Laura Carrillo to give us the lowdown on the latest autumn/winter home decor trends to update your home
With the cooler months approaching, it’s natural to want to cozy up at home and what better way to ring in the change of seasons than with some simple updates to your decor. Home comforts never go out of style, but you don’t need to redecorate to give your living space a seasonal revamp. A few small changes is all it takes to transform your home into a welcoming retreat.
Madrid-based interior designer Laura Carrillo has an international client base, including KSA, and recommends adopting interior trends that complement your personal style: ‘Trends are useful but ephemeral, but personality is an essential and indelible stamp.’
We asked Laura to share her top home trends for the winter, along with some simple tips to reinvigorate your interiors this season…
1. Adjust your lighting
Never underestimate the power of good lighting; it’s one of the most important elements in interior design, and a warm glow is one of the easiest ways to create a cozy atmosphere in any room. If your existing lighting is too bright or cool, try switching out your bulbs for LED lights that emit a mellower glow – around 2500 lumen is enough to achieve a more tranquil ambiance. Next, consider adding different light sources into the mix. Layering your illumination from a variety of lamps at different heights can dramatically affect the mood of your space.
2. Keep it personal
Every interior is unique, but the most interesting reveal something of its owner’s personality. Think about what inspires you about autumn/winter and how you feel about nature. For instance, do you identify with natural wooden surfaces; do you prefer woolen fabrics or soft leather; do you tend to be more minimalist or maximalist, or perhaps you fall somewhere in between? Once you’ve got a sense of your personal style, you can build your accessories to complement your preferences and switch them out depending on the season.
3. Create a comforting colour palette
Traditionally, autumn/winter colour schemes incorporate restful muted tones in browns, oranges and yellows that naturally add warmth to your room. But that doesn’t mean redecorating; the key to seasonal interiors is all about accessorizing. Switch out summary linens for colourful cushions and drapes in luxurious fabrics, such as velvet and wool, and mix with darker tones, such a dark grey or navy, for a look that feels welcoming and grounded.
4. Layer up with texture
Textures are so important when curating an inviting space at home. Natural wood-finishes, copper coloured accessories and Corten steel planters are wonderful ways of adding textual depth to your scheme, while chunky knit throws and luxurious velvets can be mixed and matched at will. If you’re considering something more permanent, wood-panelled wall coverings are enjoying a revival and look timelessly elegant and can, of course, be painted to suit your taste.
5. Decorate with seasonal foliage
Often overlooked, cloak rooms, reception rooms and hallways can be transformed with some well-chosen seasonal flourishes. Dried food, such as oranges and lemons, branches and dried flowers come into their own in these spaces, adding interest and infusing these forgotten spaces with life.
6. Contrast dark colours with softer shades
Combine dark shades with soft colours. Autumn is not only yellow colours or specific elements but to show the balance of a transitional season, something between summer and winter. Mixing heavy and light schemes may help you to feel this transformation.
7. Get the kids involved
Adding seasonal changes to your children’s bedroom is a great way to help them learn about different climates and animal migrations. Frame hand-drawn pictures and paintings to decorate their walls, or let me trace seasonal stencils to encourage their creativity.
About Laura Carrillo
Laura Carrillo is a Spanish interior designer specialising in developing international projects for commercial and private clients. Laura’s projects are notable for their contemporary and elegant style. She shares a studio with her sisters in Madrid, where her dynamic and cosmopolitan approach to design has won her a legion of loyal fans.