Design 101: Tips for Winter-Ready Interiors

Ski resorts are opening for the season and mountain homes are about to be put to heavy use. Interior Designer Lisa Kanning offers some creative suggestions for keeping your high-country retreat bright, warm and ready for winter action.

Choose Stylish and Practical Wall Coverings

For walls in heavy use areas—a ski room, kids’ bath, bunk or laundry room—apply vinyl wall coverings that mimic high-end materials such as grasscloth, leather or stone, for a finished look that is both cost-effective and wear-resistant.

Choose Textures to Create Interest

Tactile materials like smooth and pebbled leathers, suedes, hair-on hides, shearlings, wool, silk, chenille and velvet have rich textures that add comfort and variety to a room.

Choose Fabrics for Relaxed Living

“One idea for achieving a sophisticated mountain interior that’s also family-friendly is to use outdoor upholstery fabrics on indoor furniture,” Kanning suggests, for a sumptuous yet durable, stress-free environment.

Choose Ceiling Treatments to Add Polish

“In this home’s great room,” Kanning explains, “I applied a textured fabric wall covering with a metallic background, which added not only warmth but also much-needed light from the reflective quality of the material.” And who wouldn’t appreciate a warm glow on a cold winter’s day?

FOR A PEEK AT THIS YELLOWSTONE CLUB SKI LODGE FIT FOR COLD-WEATHER COMFORT, CLICK HERE.

Looking for more winter dream homes? Find all of our favorite spots to hunker down and cuddle up—from rustic hearths to inviting bedroom suites—here in our “31 Days of Cozy” blog series.

Photos by Gibeon Photography

Categories: Decorating Secrets