Darren has a broad portfolio, having studied fine art & graphic design, originally working in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his own interior design studio and has been a judge on numerous seasons of The Block.

As the winter chill sets in, our desire for warmth and comfort within our homes intensifies. It's a time to cocoon ourselves in spaces that not only shield us from the cold but also envelop us in visual and tactile warmth. This season, let's delve into the transformative power of colour, materials, and textures to create inviting sanctuaries that speak to our personal style. From the opulent allure of maximalism to the serene charm of modern Mediterranean, and the delightful palette of 2024's forecasted hues, including Pantone's "Peach Fuzz", there's a plethora of options to craft the cosiest version of your home.


Maximalism, with its rich layers and eclectic mix, offers a perfect starting point for a winter transformation. It’s a style that celebrates abundance, allowing for a personal and adventurous approach to interiors. By combining textures begging to be touched alongside a winter palette of browns, warm neutrals, deep reds and accents of black, you can create a space that feels highly curated and infinitely comforting, a perfect retreat from the winter cold. For flooring, consider the adventurous allure of Amaroo Chevron timber, boasting a distinctive parquetry design in chocolate brown, injecting a playful vibe into your home. Complement this with wool carpets like Defined Charm, offering not only a plush underfoot experience but also an environmentally friendly option crafted from 100% renewable fibre.


The Pantone Colour of the Year for 2024, "Peach Fuzz," with its subtle vibrancy and inherent softness, pairs beautifully with a range of warm neutrals, from sandy beiges to rich taupes, creating interiors that feel both fresh and welcoming. or those craving deeper tones, indulge in the lustre of saffron, gold, ochre, and warm, black-based reds. Elevate your space with Almonte rugs, with colours that echo the richness of spices and earth, adding depth and warmth to your sanctuary. 


That tactile experience within our homes becomes even more critical in winter. This season, on top of the everyday textiles that promise comfort and warmth like knitted throws, plush cushions, and soft rugs, there are some surprising trend additions. For high traffic areas in the home, Travertine from my own rug collection has a rich texture that can add to the comfort and warmth that you’ll be looking for.


Metallics will always add layers of lustre to interiors, with warm aged bronze leading the way this winter. With its rich, brown undertones, and aged bronze metallic finishes bringing a sense of substance and sophistication. Whether in the form of statement lighting, decorative objects, taps or hardware, aged bronze is the perfect addition to this winter’s colour palette, adding a layer of warmth, authenticity and sophistication.


Walnut is the new oak, with browns working into schemes through the addition of timber flooring, accent furniture, lighting, décor and handle inlays. Wherever you might have seen the freshness of oak, you can now readily replace it with the depth and interest of deep Walnut. My personal favourites, if you are looking to change up your indoor flooring, include Alira Standard, Florence Oak and Amalfi. Working its way into joinery too, there are many places for Walnut in your winter palette.


- Layer Textures for Comfort: Mix plush fabrics like faux fur with natural materials like wood and stone for a balanced, inviting space.
- Embrace Colour with Confidence: Use "Peach Fuzz" as an accent against a backdrop of warm neutrals, browns, and deep reds. The contrast will add vibrancy and life to your winter interiors.
- Incorporate Metallic Accents: Add touches of warm aged bronze through accessories, lighting, or furniture detailing. These elements act as points of warmth, drawing the eye and adding to the overall sense of luxury.
- Maximalism Style: Use maximalist patterns and colours to achieve a personalised and personal, warm winter feeling. 

By embracing these colours and textures, we can create spaces that not only reflect the latest trends but also offer a warm, inviting retreat from the winter weather.