Moody and luxurious room sets come into their own at this time of year. Homes & Living found some grand designs that will be a pleasure to come home to.
It may take courage to create an ultra glam look with extravagant textures in rich hues and jewel tones but this style will help you create an eye-catching scheme with long lasting appeal.
The look you are after is luxurious and opulent, so think plush velvets, furniture with gentle curves, smoked glass and anything inspired by the glamour of the 1920s, art deco or 18th century classic French design.
Pip Prinsloo, of John Lewis says their current Boutique Hotel line was born out of an increased interest by our customers in products which bring a sense of luxury back into homes.
“This demand is for striking pieces that are beautifully designed and use the best materials to stand the test of time. From luxurious textiles to opulent finishes and prints, Boutique Hotel has a polished feel that aims to impress and stimulate the senses.”
Alison Cork, founder of Within Home says rich and dramatic textiles can transform a room, especially when they’re mixed with dark decos and anything ornate; and they can withstand wear and tear more than you might think.
She says: “Velvet is a fabric which speaks sartorial volumes. It screams luxury, but also comfort, as nothing can compare to the silky tactile softness of this fabric’s unique pile.
“This is why it’s superb for any item of furniture we may sit upon and be enveloped by - a velvet sofa is the ultimate statement piece.”
Along with glitzy hotels, designers have also drawn inspiration from elegant city living that reflects the glamour of a Parisian apartment, New York pied-a-terre or a bygone age of opulence, and more formal entertaining when cocktails would be served before dinner.
Designers cite copper and brass as the most popular metallic finishes, as they add warmth, which is wonderful for colder months.
Also key to your luxe look are throws, cushions and rugs in wool, cashmere and velvet, to make sure the finishing touches are as inviting and comfortable as they are stylish.
Purple raven applique cushion, £40, plus beagle bust, £60, Debenhams
Puccini dining chair in taupe, £299, Puccini dining table, £1,699, Levin ceiling light, £240, from the Boutique Hotel collection, John Lewis
Anita dual droplet ceiling fitting, £59.99, Dunelm
Oscar de la Renta pineapple candlesticks, £187. Visit www.amara.com