Winter is coming — time to try out some fresh design ideas!
As plummeting temperatures draw us all indoors, it’s only fitting for us to consider the space so many of us look to for comfort: our bedrooms. For perspective on how to create a cool sleep space in which to curl up during the coming cold months, we asked local designers David Burman, Jodi Mason, and Tia Hughes how they would decorate a bedroom for winter.
For Tia Hughes, a bedroom should be both beautiful as well as functional.
As a place to unwind, Hughes wanted to channel a comfortable calm in her design—selecting a Magnolia Homes runner as the anchoring piece for the room. “Its warm rust and charcoal tones were perfect to pull from—I used these colours throughout the rest of the space. It works beautifully with the texture of the woven leather bench at the base of the bed.”
Hughes notes that she loves the bench for the character it adds to the space, but also for its utility as a landing spot for any extra toss cushions or throws. No matter the season, Hughes is partial to a layered linen look—citing how simply the look can be refreshed with new elements, including other layers or textiles.
As for additional décor, Hughes advises keeping things simple by adding a bedside lamp and a decorative bowl or box to catch your phone, glasses, or jewelry.
For anything else—she’s a fan of repurposing items to suit any new design: “A fresh coat of paint and new hardware can give secondhand furniture a new life. When shopping for these, try to choose pieces with classic and modern silhouettes.”
Rich textures are present everywhere across David Burman’s design. “My favourite trend for winter is velvet,” says Burman. “It’s impactful and can easily be incorporated into an existing design by adding stools and accent pillows.”
The overall effect is decadent—beyond the velvet, the space features a thick fur blanket across the end of the bed and a cowhide rug.
Inspiration for the design largely came from a favourite antique piece—a vintage Louis Vuitton trunk new to Burman’s collection. Burman shares that incorporating an unexpected pop of colour is a great way to add personality—for this space he selected a vibrant piece of mixed media artwork from local artist, Megan Cornwall.
Looking for a design project? Burman has an idea for you: “We are actually in the middle of recreating our own version of the Kelly Wearstler lamp we included—stay tuned on our Instagram for our how-to guide!”
R&R was the primary inspiration behind Jodi Mason’s space.
Beginning with a colour palette largely inspired by winter’s weather, Mason wanted to inspire a sense of calm within the space from the outset. “The monochromatic hues we picked emulate the feel of the landscape outside—the big, fluffy white duvet we chose even mimics a fresh snowfall.”
Mason introduced texture to the space with a plush Mongolian lamb’s wool throw and a large floor cushion—a perfect additional seating area for you or a very lucky pet. For those shopping to outfit a bedroom, Mason recommends splurging on the way your bed feels—opting for luxe duvets and sheets. Conversely, she shares that we can save by getting creative and DIY-ing bedroom elements for added personality.
“Why not replace a traditional headboard with a wall treatment behind the bed? You could hang a gigantic piece of art, line up teak planks for a rustic feel, or even create an outline of a headboard to fill in with wallpaper.”