This is the final post in my series on the Seasonal personalities and the Psychology of colour. Time to take a look at Winter!
Take a look at the winter landscape and it almost arresting in its starkness. From the sharpest bright white frosty morning to the eye-piercing blue skies the landscape is powerful and striking. There is also a real stillness to winter. Unlike the energetic styles of spring and autumn, winter is stealth-like in its pause. While nature hibernates, the days become shorter, the dark nights roll in and it’s a time to stop and take stock.
To match this stripped-back aesthetic, Winter people are utterly non-comprising and no-nonsense. They don’t suffer fools and are not afraid to speak their mind. They tend to be decisive and assertive with sharp wit and clarity of thought. They are natural leaders and entrepreneurs. On the flip side as the season suggests that can come across as cold and unemotional.
A winter room scheme will be impeccably planned out and efficient with no unnecessary froufrou. Any art or objects will be carefully selected and chosen to make a statement, rather than for sentimental reasons. So for example, rather than a collection of pictures arranged in a gallery wall of pictures you’ll see one impressive striking piece of art. It helps if the price tag will be large as Winter people love to impress and tend to be successful with expensive tastes and so want their homes to reflect that. And if the money isn’t it in the bank, they are not afraid to fake it.
The winter interior is pioneering in style and uncompromising on a practical level, with the latest tech and iconic designer pieces taking priority. Out of all the seasons, the winter interior is the most fashion-forward, so less about keeping up with the trends, and more about setting them. It’s no surprise that a lot of successful high-end designers, architects and luxury brands are Winter.
In terms of colour, creating visual impact by using high contrasting colours works for a Winter interior. Black and white is the ultimate pairing. Pops of other bright and saturated colours work well too like Acid yellow, Ferrari red or Cobalt blue.
Winter interiors love luxury and are reflected in the materials, from shiny metallics to supersoft leather and heavily veined marble. I can’t help thinking that Winter people must have been in their heyday in the 1980s. I’m channelling Halston’s New York penthouse office with mirrored walls and blood-red carpets, with the most incredible views over the city.
That completes the series, have you discovered which seasonal personality resonates with you, or are still trying to work it out! Most people don’t fit inside just one season but tend to be a blend of two- that’s what makes us so unique, and excitedly means that we can all create authentic interior spaces that are tailored to our unique personalities. It’s potentially a complex set of theories but I’ve created a really powerful and easy to follow framework that can help you nail your personal style and know which colours and how to use them in your home. My Colour Psychology for interiors online course is open for enrolment during May and is a wonderful opportunity to learn and understand more about this fascinating design tool. Sign up today here