Decorate for Winter With Textiles

It's that time of year – time to trade in tank tops and shorts for warm sweaters and scarves. By bringing heavier, more luxurious textiles into your space, you can dress your home for the colder weather, as well.
By: Lana Kole

Photo By: Courtesy of West Elm

Energize Your Space With Patterns

Donohue is also a fan of bringing in mulitple patterns and rich colors with textiles. She suggests trying larger-scaled patterns, rather than smaller-scaled patterns, to make a strong impact in a room. She says, "A rich pattern or texture can give a room a hit of energy." Photo courtesy of Michael J. Lee. Designed by Ana Donohue Interiors.

Put Your Feet First

Textile designer, Khristian A. Howell, says, "Put your feet first. A dramatic and easy way to change things up in a room is by bringing in a great rug. Sheepskin rugs are so wonderful for the winter months. They feel wonderful under foot, and bring lots of warmth into the room, while keeping a light airy feeling." Photo courtesy of West Elm.

Show a Little Skin

When it comes to winter decorating, Howell believes you can't go wrong with textiles that have a high pile and texture. She suggests decorating with furs, chenille, velour and wools. This beautiful cowhide rug from West Elm is a fast and easy room update that adds a layer of luxury and sophistication. Photo courtesy of West Elm.

Create Drama With Drapes

Winter is the perfect time to bring in heavier drapery to create a warm, insulated feeling and a bit of drama. "This is a great place to play with mixing prints and patterns. Double up on feature windows and mix in some lighter weight solids to keep things interesting and inviting," says Howell. Photo courtesy of West Elm.

Add a Bit of Shimmer

Boston-area designer Ana Donohue suggests adding silk elements to your decor to create a warm and elegant atmosphere. "Velvets, chenille and silk work beautifully together to create a rich, luxurious feel" says Donohue. These gorgeous silk and velvet pillow covers from West Elm are a perfect way to add a bit of shimmer and warmth to most any space. Photo courtesy of West Elm.

Ask Mother Nature

You'd like to update your decor this season, but aren't quite sure which color palette would best suit your tastes. "There is no palette more inspiring than a New England fall. Shortly after Labor Day, I start mixing deep oranges and chocolate browns into our kelly green living room," says New England-based designer Stephanie Sabbe. Try grabbing your camera and taking a photo of the landscape near your home, to draw inspiration for a beautiful color palette. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Sabbe.

Fabric + Walls = Love

What's not to love about using fabric in place of traditional wallpaper? All you need is your favorite fabric, cornstarch and water to create a homemade adhesive that won't harm your painted walls. The best part is, when you're ready for a change, all you have to do is peel the fabric away from the wall, wipe the walls clean and throw your fabric in the wash to be re-used in another project. Fabric wall treatments are a eco-friendly, less expensive alternative to using traditional wallpaper. Photo courtesy of Ruche.

Why Buy, Just DIY

Upholstered headboards are a fabulous way to add texture and depth to a bedroom. Designer Emily Henderson of Secrets From A Stylist encourages readers to try this easy, do-it-yourself project. "The headboard is made simply by wrapping batting and then fabric around a large inexpensive piece of plywood and using a staple gun to attach it," says Henderson. The headboard is also trimmed with aged brass upholstery nails to tie in with the brass detailing on the nightstand.

Be Bold

If your larger pieces of furniture are a more neutral color palette, you can be bold with your choices in textile colors and patterns. Using textiles to bring in exciting pops of color will rejuvenate your space and bring a smile to your face on those gloomy winter afternoons. Designer David Scott creates this library sitting area with deep chocolate fabrics, leather, dark wood, plush greenery and vibrant orange accents.