Finally! The temperatures have finally dropped to more appropriate levels for the season. Don’t get me wrong, I like summer as much as anybody else, but when it gets to October and November, I do actually look forward to getting out my woolly jumpers and socks. I look forward to lighting my scented candles and put on my strings of fairy lights. I also look forward to getting cosy on my sofa with a cup of hot chocolate.
All this doesn’t sound very London, right? It sounds like something that fits into a landscape of deep white snow, blue skies and crisp air. Ok, so the fact that we don’t all live somewhere in the Alps doesn’t mean that we can’t bring at least a little of that cosy winter style into our homes. So I thought I’d share some ways to add a touch of alpine feel to your homes.
Now, I have to add that this post is not to be taken literally. I am not expecting anyone to run out and buy the equivalent of a small forest in wood and completely redecorate their home with that wood. No, instead this is supposed to serve as an inspiration to lend some ideas on how to cosy up this winter.
So, what are the basics to consider in order to achieve a little of that chalet style in our homes? Well, they can actually be summed up in pretty much one word: texture. All the natural textures that make a home feel warm when it’s cold outside. That means wood, exposed bricks (if you’re lucky enough to have them), heavy wools and fake fur. Layer the blankets and the cushions, the rugs and the table cloths. The more texture you add the cosier it will feel and the closer you will get to the alpine style.
Of course there’s the classic chalet style full of neutral colours, but there’s also another way. By combining colours and wood the look is still alpine but with a bit more fun. A little less serious and no less warming and comfortable.
The whole look can also be applied beautifully to contemporary interiors. Just because sleek lines and pared back interiors are your usual look, it doesn’t mean you have to lose out on comfort. Textures can be added in a structured way that won’t be at odds with their surroundings. Keeping the shapes simple and unfussy is key here.
Of course the look is not restricted to the inside only, though it might not be the easiest thing to pull off in our rather damp climate: the weather in the Alps tends to be colder and dryer. If, however, there is a good day with suitable weather, why not take some of your faux furs and candles outside and sip some hot chocolate or mulled wine?
Should you wish to only add a few small touches, then you can’t go wrong with the classics: candles, heavy pottery items, fake fur and cushions. Just add a few well placed accessories for a touch of alpine chic, then lean back and enjoy those long winter evenings.