Winter Fabrics and Color Trends You’ll Adore

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WORDS BY Erica Buehler

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Published on December 1, 2020

Winter, the coziest season, is a time for snuggling up and taking pride in the colors and textures of your home. With the anticipation of staying inside even more than usual, it’s the perfect time to take stock of your current fabrics and textiles—and refresh if necessary.

If we’ve noticed anything, this year brought a resurgence of ’60s and ’70s style, going beyond the typical mid-century modern aesthetic to pay homage to old-school patterns and textiles. If this—or a global or Bohemian—vibe is what you’re after, you’re in luck: the unique patterns of throw pillows, oriental area rugs, accent chairs and ottomans are currently all the rage.

Textured Comforts

For bedrooms, living spaces, and guest rooms, textures are finding themselves in all the places we seek comfort. Fun and fringey throw pillows in popular fall/winter color palettes are flying off shelves. This globally inspired throw pillow is a blend of wool and cotton, with a pattern honoring Peruvian textiles; A soft polyester twill brings a space to life with this eye-catching emerald green and gold accented pillow; and the warmth of a rust-colored fabric meets delicate woven textures in this piece from Target.

The same goes for duvets and throws, where tangible, textured fabrics continue to make waves. A tufted sham set in a cozy color like this is sure to give off all of the stay-at-home vibes, or something soft, like this candlewick coverlet.

Warm Touches

For many of us, staying inside offered the opportunity to turn underwhelming spaces into cozy sanctuaries. Part of this transformation is credited to the rise in popularity of warm, homey neutrals and spice-inspired colors. We all need a little more comfort these days, so the vibrant pops of bright colors and cheery pastels are giving way to the beiges, browns, and off-whites that invite settling in and staying a while.

You’ve likely seen a lot of leather Moroccan-inspired poufs or knit ottomans, which are definitely trending and perfect for a Bohemian or global space. Hazelnut-colored leather has grown into our spaces by way of office chairs, comfy loveseats, and decorative pillows, adding warm touches and a homey feel to any room.

Thick, chunky knit fabrics are obvious choices for anyone looking to cozy-up their space, with heavy throw blankets and other accents in soft grays, off-whites, and other relaxing neutrals remaining decor favorites.

And of course, the (faux) fur trend for Scandanavian style-lovers stays one of the more popular for winter additions to the home. The beauty of the throw is its versatility—use as a snug blanket, a pop of texture to otherwise cold hardwood floors, or to add a bit of depth and comfort to an accent chair.

No matter what you choose to design your space this winter, the word of the season is cozy, the feeling warm, and the mentality is to stay at home in a beautiful balance of comfort and style.

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Words by Erica Buehler