Marshall Ward

Marshall Ward

December 03, 2010 07:35 ET

Home Design Trends That Will Inspire Homeowners This Winter

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2010) - As 2010 winds down and the weather grows colder, homeowners will be spending more time indoors. Sprucing up key living areas, such as the dining room, living room and bedroom during this time is often a good way to spend the dreary winter days. Redecorating will also ensure that these rooms remain lively and comforting spaces for social gathering and family functions.

The most versatile colour palettes for homes this season are natural tones that will help create a more soothing and homely environment. Rich autumn hues such as gold, bronze and red are great when paired with simple greys and creams. Maintaining a colour balance between a room's furniture and accessories will also help ensure that the eye is not overwhelmed when entering the room, promoting a sense of comfort and homeliness.

Consider matching the colour or pattern of floor length tieback or eyelet curtains, a soft floor rug and throw pillows for a colour coordinated home design. Well positioned floor and table lamps can also create a sense of light and warmth during the short winter days and help to make a room more inviting.

Accessories for living rooms and bedrooms are also exciting decorating opportunities. Even the dullest of rooms can come to life when the right artwork is hung on the walls. Split canvases are examples of stylish art pieces to include in a home design. When sufficiently illuminated by window or lamp light, these artworks serve well as centre pieces for any room.

Symmetry can also help to boost a room's atmosphere and establish a sense of purpose and order. Consider positioning a lounge suite, dining table, moveable cupboards, desks and other furniture in a symmetrical pattern. Also consider using matching accessories such as table lamps, candle holders and vases to balance a room. Mirrors also work well for this; the reflections they produce can add the illusion of symmetry to any room and increase its appeal.

Visit Marshall Ward's online store today for more inspiring and eye-catching home design trends this season.

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