Hit the mute button for winter homewares

LIVIA GAMBLE
Last updated 14:19 04/07/2014
Homewares

RUSTIC SCHEME: Copper is perfect for winter and looks great with black, grey and timber.

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Colours for your home this season are sophisticated and sexy. While summer was quite bright, it's time to tone it down for winter, says creative director Susan Tait.

Tait says, "The colours we are seeing are quite strong still but are more sophisticated."

That is, the colours are more tonal instead of just pure bright.

In terms of actual colour Tait says, "There are beautiful earthy tones like mustard and burnt orange and olive green. There's some very interesting blues, like soft dirty blues and greens and mints."

But one colour in particular is making a comeback.

"The other colour that's come back in vogue or I can see it coming back is navy," says Tait.

White is also being replaced with a "softer, warmer cream or an off-grey colour".

"We've been producing tables in that and then producing navy benches to go with it and it looks stunning together," she says.

Interestingly, materials are also playing a part in influencing colours and copper in particular has taken off. For winter, Tait have launched a "sophisticated" and "sexy" copper-dipped coffee table with a marble top.  

"Everyone's gone a bit mad for copper," says Tait.

Poppy Bevan of Poppy Bevan Architecture and Interiors says copper is perfect for winter.

"It looks great with blacks, greys and timber, as well as glossy subway tiles - especially white and thick warm textures, like velvet," she says.

Despite the trends, for those looking to add some brighter colours to their interiors, Susan Tait, says lemon has remained in fashion from summer.

"People like using that [lemon] as a highlight colour, like in a pot or something," she says. "They might come in and get a softer breeze lounge but then they might come in and get some pots in lemon and even a bright lawn green."

Pots are a great, inexpensive way to bring the new season's colours into your home.

Tait adds: "For example a cement pot with simple stripe at the top."

For a subtle inexpensive room make-over Tait says, "Pick two highlights in pots because that's a really instant pick-me-up. If the budget stretches to a throw or just two cushions in a new colour that just lifts the room immediately."

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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