Design Space: How to style your sofa for winter
Every week we ask a Kiwi design expert to tell us what they're loving now and how to use it. This week it's Wanaka's Anna Begg, the owner of The Workroom Interior Design. She tells us how to style your sofa for winter.
Focusing on your sofa is an easy and realistic way to change your living room look according to the season. My favourite part of these colder months is giving my sofa a winter look.
I like to use accessories to change the look of existing upholstery, and cushions are a simple and inexpensive way to change the look of the whole piece.
I layer and mix different-sized cushions on the sofa. Because I want to be extra cosy during the coldest months of the year, I choose fabrics including knits, velvet and woven wools.
Throws and scatter cushions are quick and easy ways to update a look, but they're not the only things to use. For winter, I love to use fur and chunky knit throws to create that snuggly warm feel.
Living in Wanaka, I have also fallen in love with sheepskins draped over the sofa - skins justs seem to me to go hand-in-hand with open fires.
I'm particularly loving short pile New Zealand sheep skins: they have a natural look and a real tactile appeal. There are so many beautifully coloured skins on the market this winter, making it easy to jazz up existing seating. Just sling a sheepskin over the arm of your sofa for a more relaxed look and feel.
At this time of year I also prefer those darker, warmer tones that speak of winter and fall. Warm colours can really help with changing the look and my personal favourites are Pantone dusty cedar, a rose-toned pink shade; warm taupe and potters clay.