Tempting trends for winter

Want to indulge in some sumptuous home trends this winter? Then take a look at the latest looks from Bianca Ladlow, CEO of Earlcrown - project management and design house for some of the world’s most upscale properties. We went to find out which looks she’ll be bringing to these exclusive addresses this season and here’s what she told us...

Bianca’s first look (pictured above) takes inspiration from bitter winter weather. ‘The key feel of this trend reflects the prevalence of warmth on the catwalk for autumn/winter,’ she explains. ‘A cosy blend of heavy dark leathers and fur evokes mystery, darkness and an element of danger, giving way to a more sexy and sultry edge perfect for winter nights. This trend is based on dark foundations of leather and wood, complemented with metallics, high gloss and furs for a smooth and sumptuous texture.’

Her second look focuses on colour. ‘Pastels do not have to consist of the typical lemons and greens, and winter pastels work much better as lilacs, blues and a darker shade of pink for a more glamorous and grown-up effect,’ says Bianca. ‘Teaming these with a harsher metallic and startling white or black adds an elegant touch to any room and adds soul to an interior as the dark sets in.’

Bianca is also a fan of ‘a beautiful blend of dishevelled glamour’. ‘Flickers of faded opulence and a once perfect façade give way to wrought iron and rusty finishes,’ she explains. ‘The outdoors comes inside and luxe finishes such as velvet, satin, fur and silk jar to create the definition of shabby chic.’

How to do dishevelled glamour without just looking, well, dishevelled? ‘The best way to achieve this is to literally “undecorate” your home, mismatch beautiful heritage objects and get creative with materials.’ We’re on to this already – nothing like a little light dabbling with beautiful objects.

‘Keeping the colours primary will allow for the bold shades to clash well together to create a warm atmosphere, and dashes of geometric patterns and broad stripes will add interest,’ she says.

If you fancy a very personal take on the look, indulge in a trip back in time, Bianca suggests. ‘Blending patterns and prints of the 1960s, 1970s punk style or the 1990s adds interesting focal points.’ Confident decorators, this is definitely one for you. Enjoy.

Her final trend is what she calls ‘Undone’ and the look goes easy on the sultry, but majors on cosiness. ‘Relaxed and casual and taking inspiration directly from the catwalk, this boundary-free trend is based completely around comfort in the home this winter,’ says Bianca. ‘Centred on a rustic charm, raw, exposed and weather-beaten materials sit alongside warm fabrics, while the mixing and matching of hand-crafted textiles, knits, plaited wool, wicker, leather, and plaids convey unselfconscious style.’

Mix up textures such as a white fluffy rug with slate grey throws and scatter cushions to add warmth using colder colouring. This is our favourite look for hibernation. Come back for us when spring’s here…

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Sarah Warwick, Guest Editor

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