Winter Textures and Colours

With the weather starting to cool down here in Wanaka, now is a good time to start thinking about making your home warm and cosy for the winter months. A great way to do this is by adding warm colours, textures, throws and cushions to different spaces.

We are loving New Zealand wool blankets at the moment, these beautifully soft and luxurious blankets come in a stunning range of colours, from moss green, to rusty red, mustards and deep blues, throw one over the back of an armchair or sofa to create a warm feeling in your living room.

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Adding rich colours is a great way to make a space feel warmer and more inviting, this can be a very simple way to decorate a space and add interest. We are particularly fond of adding a velvet comforter in a rich mustard or moss green to the end of a bed, or a few cushions to a sofa to add texture and warmth to our homes. The easiest way to start building up a beautiful look is to start with an accent colour, pick one that will compliment the other colours you have in that space, rusty tones are a great palette to start with as the deep colours add a lovely richness and depth to any space.

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When styling your room, it is important to also add texture as well as colour, think about using a reindeer hide, sheep skin or fur, these natural elements will layer beautifully in a living room or bedroom and add depth and luxury to the space, creating warmth and style. When using these elements, less is more, adding a hide or sheep skin to a sofa, chair, floor or bed will make the space more friendly and comfortable, but be sure that you don’t over decorate and lose each individual item. Hides and skins come in all colours and shapes these days, so you can create a style that is suited to you.

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Headboards are also a really great way of adding texture and warmth to a bedroom, use velvet or suede for a luxurious feel, or a lovely linen for a more relaxed feel. Try using a darker colour with some depth to it, to anchor the whole room. We are loving navy blue, green and rusty red to brown tones for headboards at the moment.

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Adding a few pops of brass here and there ties the whole look together. You can use as much, or as little as you want, try using a brass framed mirror on a bedroom wall, or a brass side lamp or wall sconce to finish off a beautifully styled bedroom. In the living areas you could add a brass vase, or go big with feature brass candlesticks or a brass pendant light.

A spring dressed table

Spring is in the air, and I'm in love with all the organic dinnerware options on the market.
What a perfect time to get inspired and host a spring dinner party.  

Dressing your table for spring is all about a mix of organic textures and finishes, I like using natural linen napkins, wood, and hand made ceramic dinnerware.

Spring is in the air, and I'm in love with all the organic dinnerware options on the market. What a perfect time to get inspired and host a spring dinner party.        

Spring is in the air, and I'm in love with all the organic dinnerware options on the market.
What a perfect time to get inspired and host a spring dinner party.  



There are so many beautiful ceramic brands popping up at the moment my favourite would have to be Broste Copenhagen, the soft blue and sea green hues they offer work so well to create a timeless classic look. I also love how the Broste product range mixes with several colours, so blending your existing dinner set is easy.


I always add a touch of life, to the centre of table and love how Gum or freesias lend them selves to the spring feel.

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Moss green linen is really on trend at present, it sets off earthy tones and creates a muted organic base to build from. Shout yourself a beautiful set of napkins to complement and compete the look.




The Beauty of Curtains

Curtains are such a great way to express your personality and personal style and create a unique look in your home, without breaking the budget. With all the different curtain heading styles available, we can customise something just for you. A heading style that we are loving at the moment is the wave heading, it creates an elegant look.

Linen is a favoured fabric at the moment and we are seeing it being used more and more in upholstery, bedding and curtains, however linen can come with a large price tag and doesn't always agree with the conditions here in Wanaka.

Our friends at Warwick have come up with a solution, they have created a beautiful linen look polyester that not only looks fresh and amazing, it also comes with a very appealing price at just $38 a metre. 

Something as simple as new curtains or blinds can completely change the look and feel of your home, and it is this time of year when the weather is getting colder that we really appreciate the job our curtains do for us, so come in and see us at The Workroom for all your curtain and blind needs.



How to style your sofa for winter.

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. 




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