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Cosy, winter interior design ideas 3: alpine

Think along the lines of wooden ski chalets and the warm welcome they provide for tired and cold skiers to conjure up images of cosy Alpine homes. You don't have to live in the mountains or even like skiing to adopt this wonderfully warming interior design style.

Or maybe the 'off piste' parties, fondues or steaming mugs of hot chocolate will get your imagination ignited! You should also think of typical Alpine knitwear and the snow flake patterns they portray to give you impetus to go Alpine. Start gently otherwise you may be swamped somewhat like a Christmas jumper your great aunt has given you! Wood is a main feature of this interior design style, so use it where you can.

For example, floors or wooden blinds are a great way to start. Add further quirky pieces such as an old wooden sledge as a coffee table to get your home accustomed to its new look. External window blinds are used on most Alpine chalets, however, as this is not a custom that we use in the UK use them internally rather than externally to get the look. Curtains uk are another great way to get the look, more especially if they have a pattern inspired by nature such as silhouettes of trees.

Christmas may be approaching fast but try to steer away from making your rooms to Christmassy looking as you've got to live with the style day in, day out until the next time your decorate, so make it count by using inspiration from Alpine villages and chalets rather than focusing on Christmas itself! Include hand-knitted cushion covers in Alpine colours of red, green and cream, along with throws on your sofa and chairs.

Cable knits are bang on-trend this season along with cosy layers, so treat your home in a similar vein to fashion and pile on the layers to achieve the look. If all of the wood seems too much then why not adopt a contemporary style and use an abundance of white. Inject pops of colour with cushions, throws and cheap rugs in faux sheepskin or animal hide so that your rooms don't look to lifeless and sterile.

Open fires and wood burners will also help to bring the look together. Remember this look is all about being cosy and warm, hand-knitted accessories, wooden elements and open spaces so don't over clutter your rooms with outdated objects that aren't in the style or the 'style of' Alpine.

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