With the cold weather comes our need for warm pyjamas, cozy slippers, hot cups of tea and a drink near an open fire. And with winter just around the corner, we are seeing interior decorating trends switching from bright sunny whites, to pastel and rich, dark, colour pallets to bring warmth back into our homes. The 2018 winter season will be all about using dark colours and textures to create a glam feel while supplementing with warm tones to keep the cold at bay.

Three winter 2018 interior decorating trends:

1.Bold, dark, colours, creating a homely feeling

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By incorporating dark colours, such as burgundy, dark green and dark purple, we raise the warmth metre and create a homely space perfect for reading a book with a hot cup of your favourite Jasmine.

Every year, Pantone releases a colour of the year. For 2018 this is the UltraViolet 18-3838. We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination, says Leatrice Eisemen, Pantone Executive Director. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 UltraViolet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. Throughout the past 3 years, we have seen a prominence of grey décor, but we are set to see a shift towards bolder colour this year.

2.Textures: stone, dark wood, brass

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Gone are the scandi trends of the previous years, and making a resurgence are luscious dark wood pieces accented by metallic finishes.

We are also seeing a revival of marble and brass finishes, a throwback to the retro glamour of the 60s and 70s. Rich wood stains and walnut will feature prominently this season, in stark contrast to the dominance of the Scandi resurgence made famous on renovation TV shows such as The Block, over the past five years.

3.From stark white to colour light

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Stark white has been a popular base colour for quite some time. This season we will see the rise of pastel and rich-toned feature walls, creating warmth for winter.

 Interior decorating trends Hilton Parkes

The earthy tones of the dark wood mentioned above will be complemented by handmade textures and rich, luxurious patterns which conjure memories of distant lands.

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Indoor plants are still a desired feature, as well as tropical prints, however, less is more this season, with plants being used to highlight rather than engulf rooms. But the rich shades of green create a feeling of extra warmth (over crisp white) for winter months.

The winter months are nearly upon us, and bringing in a retro-luxe feel, will likely bring a warmth to our living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms that will help us embrace the cooler weather.