Hottest Winter Trends From An Interior Designer

With the cooler weather now well and truly upon us, commercial interior designer Linda Swanepoel from Modern Concepts steps us through her top winter interior trends for 2019.

Advised Linda “With so many TV shows and beautiful interiors publications available in Australia, I’m finding clients are more inspired, becoming more confident in their design choices and starting to take more calculated risks.

“This season has seen a number of bold trends from strong interior shades to textures and surfaces heralding back to the 70’s and 80’s.  It’s a very exciting time for interior design across both the residential and commercial sectors – I can’t wait to see how these trends evolve over time.”


Trend 1: Terracotta Tones

Says Linda, “Terracotta tones are having a huge influence this season.  From paint shades to surfaces and soft furnishings, the warm and earthy tones of terracotta are very on trend and I think will continue in popularity into 2020.”

Linda’s tip is to use the shade wisely.  “Tuscan inspired colours can throw an orange hue so use wisely in your room.  Look for neutral upholstery, natural timbers and artwork and accessories in golden and red hues to bring balance to your space.”

Home Republic Bamboo Linen Terracotta Queen Quilt Cover Set available from Adairs.


Trend 2: Moody Blues

According to Linda, moody blue shades are also in strong demand.

“I love this style where muted blue tones and greys come together to create a calm and restful space.

“These shades work extremely well in coastal and Hamptons inspired homes. Combine with pale timbers and washed linens for a simple, minimalist look.”


Trend 3: Terrazzo Textures

Says Linda, “Terrazzo textures have really evolved this year.  Terrazzo was huge back in the 70’s and I think is going to become a strong influence in design moving forward.

“Just as marble has become common place in our homes, I expect to see more and more terrazzo featuring throughout interiors from flooring to kitchen benchtops, bathroom tiles and accent décor.”

Frozen Terra™ 4601 available from Caesarstone Australia available from Kitchen Connection & Hasl Haus


Trend 4: Retro Rattan

Laughs Linda, “I love this trend which is a real wink back to the 80’s!

“Rattan and wicker furniture are both extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of ways from bohemian finishes to coastal and even Hollywood inspired luxe looks.

“Rattan and wicker introduce texture and sculptural elements to your spaces and work so well with other surfaces, making this an easy trend to integrate into your home.

“Statement pieces don’t have to be bulky furniture items, look for pendants, wall hangings, plant stands and other décor accents if you want a more subtle introduction of this look.”

Lincoln Console in Rattan Natural available from OZ Design Furniture.


Trend 5: Washed Linens

Linda says, “Washed linens have been popular for a couple of years now but this is such a strong trend, I can’t see it dying down any time soon.”

“From furniture and sofas through to bedding and soft furnishings, washed linens look great but also present a practical element for home owners as often linen slips over furniture can be easily removed and washed.

“The relaxed feel of washed linens works well in any space particularly those that have hard surfaces needing to be balanced such as clay, raw timbers and concrete finishes.”

Noosa Queen Bed available from James Lane.