Hot up your winter

2010-05-01 10:56

Keeping your home

trendy during the cold winter months may not be as

time-consuming and expensive as you think. Experts say the golden rule is ...

keep it simple!

So, here is your free guide to the latest winter trends making their rounds in the décor


First, assess your kitchen. If your cooking space is painted in a

neutral ­palette, then consider splashing some bright colours, such as yellow or

lime, onto the surface.

Laureen Rossouw, the editor of Elle Decoration magazine, says

primary colours are big right now, especially in saturated crisp hues.

“If you don’t want to paint a whole room in a colour, a good way to

introduce bright colour is to paint one accent wall,” she says.

Juliet Newell, the décor guru who presents the Home Channel’s

lifestyle programme Show Me How, says dining rooms are great in warm colours

such as paprika, burnt orange and cherry red.

“The red tones are ‘eat’ colours,” she explains, pointing out that

most fast food outlets use this colour to great effect. “Blue in a dining room

is too cold and guests will not feel comfortable.”

Winter trends favour warmer tones

such as reds, oranges and browns, but Newell says she is still a big fan of

berry colours such as cherry reds, mulberry purples and raspberry pinks. “And

yes, mix them all together if you want!”

Newell says bedrooms can be in cooler tones to create a calm


“Play with apple greens, turquoises and sky blues, always adding a

grounding ­colour such as a chocolate brown or deep putty colour.”

Wondering if the home office needs a face-lift? Using stripes that

are thick and bold, about 30cm wide, can add elegance to the space. Pinstripes

can be painted on the walls in black and white, while wall paper in rich tobacco

can add drama.

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