With autumn giving way to winter and the Christmas countdown in full swing, you might be using the festive period as an excuse to switch up your interior design. Whether it’s overhauling your kitchen ahead of the big day or shaking up your living area ready for welcoming guests, adding a touch of TLC can help you warm up your home this winter.

If you’re looking for some interior inspiration, we’re bringing you a lineup guaranteed to spark your creativity and help you embrace the winter season.

1. Go bold with blue

Forget about myths that it’s a cold color – blue is the way to go this season. From magical midnight blues to powdery pastels, bring the outdoors in this winter by mixing up your paint palette.

If you want to stay on trend this season, bring out the blue paint and watch your walls come to life. While lighter shades of blue will open up your interior and give your home a more airy feel, darker, inkier blues will add a richness to any room. For the last word in comfort, experiment with some bespoke lighting options to create a truly ambient interior.

2. Room dividers

Winter is the perfect excuse for staying indoors – but if you’re still searching for your own private slice of paradise, a stylish room divider could be just what you’re looking for. The ideal accessory to any room in your home, you can divide up your dining room, separate the snug or close off the kitchen to create an instantly usable extra space.

Available in an array of patterns, room dividers can be styled to match your interior – or you can opt for a plain pattern and customize your screen with wallpaper, paint or accessories. From ornate wood to colorful plastics, whichever screen you settle on, it’s sure to make your room as unique as you.

3. Statement seating

In the winter months, there are few things more appealing than curling up beside a roaring fire in a huge comfortable chair – and the bolder the design, the better! Adding some statement seating to your rooms is the perfect opportunity to inject a touch of character to your home.

From contemporary chairs and quirky stools to colorful sofas and patterned pouffes, nothing brings out your personality quite like a stylish seating option. And whether it’s the kitchen or the conservatory, your funky furniture will make the perfect conversation starter.

4. Grey creeps in

Whatever the season, neutral shades are always in style – and this winter, grey wins out. From floor length curtains to luxurious bed linens, a splash of grey can bring glamour to any room in your home.

Couple deep, rich silvers with light and airy greys to add character to your rooms – and finish with specks of bright and bold colors like pinks or mustards to bring the room to life.

5. Vintage appeal

Whether it’s trying your hand at tiling or picking up some antiques during your Christmas shop, take a trip back in time by introducing a vintage vibe to your home this Christmas. Finding the best fabric or perfect wallpaper pattern for a room can make all the difference, so spend some time experimenting with different shades and materials.

Once your room is primed for festivities, bring out the retro Christmas toys and collectable tree decorations to complete your uniquely styled interior and get ready for a season of celebration.

From blowing away your winter woes to overhauling your tired interior, experimenting with these seasonal interior design trends is guaranteed to get you excited about the festive season.

This guest post is written by Sam Wright. Sam is a design blogger for Unit One Architects, delivering innovative commercial and residential architecture projects to clients from their HQ in Shoreditch, London