Below, the designer, who is internationally renowned for creating glamorous interiors in luxe hotels and high-end private homes, offers her take on the best winter living room ideas. 

Kelly Wearstler’s tips for styling winter living rooms

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1. Use an autumnal color palette

The first step to perfectly styling a living room for winter? Color, says Kelly Wearstler. ‘Elevate your space with an infusion of alluring autumnal hues and the fiery, golden warmth of the season. Throw cushions in deep earthen colors and sumptuous textures add layers of depth and richness with easy transformation,’ she says.

2. Introduce the outdoors with florals

Christmas foliage ideas, are intrinsic to styling a winter living room.  ‘Florals in a bold, grounded-spice palette bring an evocative, organic energy and connection to the outdoors inside.’

3. Conjure up warm light and fragrant aromas

The simplest secrets to a cozy living room is often just getting the light levels – and warmth, just right. Similarly, the very best home fragrance can instantly transform a space into one that feels inviting and inspiring. ‘Lighting a fire, tall tapers and a warm, fragrant incense heightens the sensory experience beyond spatial to spirited,’ says Kelly.

4. Create a focal point for the space

Every successful living room has a focal point. This might be a lit fire in a gorgeous fireplace, or it might be perfected coffee table styling. Or, it might be a decorative element that encourages sociability and togetherness.  ‘I love adding a beautiful chess or backgammon set to center around for cozy evenings,’ says Kelly.

5. Add layering for comfort

For any space to feel comfortable, it needs layering. This comes with rugs – laid for winter if not for summer – throws, upholstered chairs, floral displays, and even that chess set – all in warm, autumnal shades. ‘Layering a patina of fall style instantly uplifts interiors and invites intimate, feel-good gatherings,’ concludes Kelly.