Layering rich textures, dimming the lights and embracing a moody palette are the keys to creating a cosy sleeping space this winter.

Hunker down as we arm you with our top designer tips. 


There is no better way to ward off winter’s chill and feel protected from the harsh, elements than to be wrapped in a soothing cocoon of cosy textures.  

Even the starkest of summer bedrooms can be transformed into a hibernation haven with the simple addition of a throw (or two!) at the foot of your bed, or a pile-high of cushions atop your duvet cover.  

DESIGN TIP #1: we love anything velvet!

Opting for a variety of rich textures in neutral or darker shades that blend in with your existing palette will not only build a comforting vibe, but also give longevity and seasonal dimension to your summer staples. 

AKD Design Principal Alex is ‘dreaming of a deep, wine-coloured faux fur bed spread this season’ whilst Junior Designer Maddie will be ‘adding a fluffy water bottle for little but heart-warming hugs on-demand all winter long’.

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A basket, blanket box or ottoman placed at the end or side of your bed adds an extra textural element whilst also providing storage for your quilts, cushions and throws. 


Bare floors are a killer for losing heat. Dress your wooden boards, tiles or stone floor with rugs for an instantly warming effect, both visually and physically under foot.  

We love Armadillo & Co, Robyn Cosgrove and Tappeti for beautiful, quality rugs. This sumptuously soft rug from our Wentworth Street project would work equally well in a bedroom.




When the weather outside is offering up nothing but bleak, grey skies, reset the mood inside by creating soft, warm, ambient lighting.

Like all well-considered spaces, embrace two lighting schemes – a primary brighter one for functionality, and a secondary dimmer one to dial up the atmospheric warmth when the days’ To Do list is done. This can be created by several side lamps or a cluster of candles.  

‘I love the unique scents of Le Labo. Their three-wick Santal 26 candle will fill any room with a subtle dancing light and a smoky winter fragrance delight’, says AKD Media and Marketing Manager Charlie. 



Experiment with amber lightbulbs and rose gold lanterns for a truly warm light that will dispel the wintry gloom.  

At Wharf Crescent, a copper candle from Cire Trudon gives the living room a toasty glow.

At Wharf Crescent, a copper candle from Cire Trudon gives the living room a toasty glow.


Deeper shades naturally create drama with their richness and heaviness like a luxurious coat draped around your shoulders. And interestingly, when paired with lighter accessories and artwork, these hero pieces come more into focus, making everything seem brighter.  

Try adding rich, jewel tones to ‘awaken’ your bedroom during winter’s darker days. Plum, dark emerald and will add depth and a sense of balance and calm during the most frazzle-inducing winter winds. AKD Interior Designer Demi is ‘obsessed with the deep plum coloured linens from Cultiver’. 

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As with metallic accessories, dark hues need only a light hand, so simply updating your bed linen or adding a dark lamp or framed mirror is all it takes to transform your den from dull to zen.  

The darker shades in Raglan Street’s master bedroom contrast with the lighter wallcovering to add depth and drama.

The darker shades in Raglan Street’s master bedroom contrast with the lighter wallcovering to add depth and drama.


 Add a touch of magic to your bedroom décor with warming, metallic accessories and finishes.  

The warm tones of copper, gold, brass, bronze and nickel bounce light and reflections around the spaces they inhabit, emphasizing the light and brightening even the gloomiest days. A little metallic goes a long way so you don’t feel you have to dress an entire room to achieve the desired effect, but rather accessorise with a copper ceiling light or a gold dresser-top tray to eliminate the chill.  

AKD Studio Manager Julia is ‘in love with Aerin’s Carina Shagreen gold-handled breakfast tray. It’s the ideal excuse for snuggling under the covers for as long as possible whilst enjoying bottomless pots of warming tea.’ 



Metallic finishes also contrast well with soft fabrics, creating a surprise sense of drama and providing a fabulous focal point.  


At Jersey Road, the metallic side table and accessories add a warm glow to the master bedroom.

At Jersey Road, the metallic side table and accessories add a warm glow to the master bedroom.

Still feeling the chill? Head over to our edit of winter layers to wear, sit, sleep and bathe in. Keep cosy and carry on!

Image 1 via Analu / Image 2 via Country Road / Image 3 via Armadillo & Co / Image 4 via Net A Porter / Image 5 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 6 via Cultiver / Image 7 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 8 via Becker Minty / Image 9 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design


It’s that time of year again when our winter night skies are exploding in a celebration of colour as Vivid Sydney lights up the city.

Inspired by the magical projections and incandescent installations illuminating Sydney’s landmarks, we have curated an edit of our favourite lights.

Bring the dancing beams inside your home with sculptural wall scones, shimmering pendants and playful table lamps.

Lens Flair Pendant by Lee Broom

Lens Flair Pendant by Lee Broom

Inspired by telescopic lenses, Lee Broom’s Lens Flair Pendant emits a soft, deflected light through its cross-cut lens. We’re imagining it making a statement above a grand stairwell.

Aynhoe Ostrich Feather Lamp, available at Becker Minty

Aynhoe Ostrich Feather Lamp, available at Becker Minty

Oh-so-outré and completely fabulous, the Aynhoe Ostrich Feather Lamp would make a luminous statement in any room.

Lucid Table Lamp by Michael Verheyden

Lucid Table Lamp by Michael Verheyden

Reminiscent of our childhood snow globes and crystal balls, we love this table lamp for its playful feel. The honed alabaster emits a warming glow, perfect for any bedroom’s ambient setting.

Scandal Pendant by Articolo Lighting

Scandal Pendant by Articolo Lighting

A sophisticated accompaniment to a kitchen island or long dining table, Articolo’s Scandal Pendant will work to lengthen a space with its slim form.

Map 1 Wall Light, by DCW Editions

Map 1 Wall Light, by DCW Editions

The strong geometric Map 1 Wall Lights surprise us by omitting the most playful and ethereal glow, allowing the resulting light patterns to dance off the surrounding walls.

Looking for more inspiration? Explore our favourite Australian lighting designers here

Atollo Lamp by Vico Magistretti lights up our faces and the master suite at our Wharf Crescent project

Atollo Lamp by Vico Magistretti lights up our faces and the master suite at our Wharf Crescent project

A long-time favourite, we will forever love the classic, versatile shape of the Atollo Lamp. It transcends and complements all architectural styles and never fails to bring a smile to our faces.

Nightbloom Hanging Light by Marcel Wanders

Nightbloom Hanging Light by Marcel Wanders

Imbue your home with a touch of romance with this hanging light evocative of flower petals unfurling at night. Delicate enough to shine in a bedroom or place it above a dining room table for a fairytale setting.

Trilogy Pendant by Articolo Lighting

Trilogy Pendant by Articolo Lighting

As much a work of art as a light, we love Articolo’s Trilogy Pendant for its sculptural form and rich emerald colour.

Linden Medium Lamp by Kelly Weatstler

Linden Medium Lamp by Kelly Weatstler

We love the whimsical designs of Kelly Wearstler, and this table lamp perfectly sums up Kelly’s playful approach to interiors. It’s spirited enough to make a statement whilst its organic shapes would fit seamlessly into many a style of room.


When we first got our design hands on Wentworth Street, it was a tired federation cottage, bursting at the seams. More space to accommodate a young family of four was the top priority for our clients, which saw our studio take an architectural approach to the renovation.


In a bid to better serve the family’s long-term needs, we introduced a first floor and restructured the floorplan, optimising the original living zones and providing plenty of room for retreat. Limited to strict council regulations that opposed a faux-federation addition, we opted for contemporary architecture in stark contrast to the original build.


This serendipitous juxtaposition between federation and contemporary set the tone for the rest of the renovation. Embracing the narrative of old and new, we preserved the integrity of the original build by avoiding imitation, instead, introducing an assured modern aesthetic. One look at the heritage façade and you would hardly imagine the strong, clean-lined timber-screened haven at the rear.


Inside the home, a thoroughly contemporary layout unfolds, exhibiting all the modern-day necessities, including a cleverly built-in office nook and generous kitchen island – the perfect stage for juggling family life with ease.


Designed with long summer evenings in mind, the ground floor houses one sprawling, sun-soaked communal area, with the kitchen, dining and living area opening onto an expansive entertaining courtyard at the rear. It’s an idyllic social sanctuary, fit for hosting any manner of soiree or children’s party.


Throughout, contemporary distinctions have been celebrated, evident in the clean lines and sleek finishes, all the while referencing what went before. Steel-framed windows and the geometric staircase are offset by dark-stained herringbone flooring and custom arched joinery, which pay homage to the traditional features of the original build.


In the kitchen, panelled cabinetry, informed by the federation era, and a powdery white palette continue the careful dialogue between past and present.

Beyond the kitchen’s white oasis lies a more formal dining area, set for intimate, sit-down affairs. A hanging pendant by Melbourne-based designer Christopher Boots grounds the dining setting in the open-plan space, and commissioned artwork by celebrated Australian artist Kerry Armstrong further defines the area.


The touches of luxury are undoubtedly impressive but given this is a home for a young family, our brief for a timeless interior that was not too serious or precious was our ultimate goal. Every design element is practical and has a purpose, and the result is a tangible sense of authenticity throughout.


A contemporary sanctuary fit for a young family now resides behind the federation façade, affording a real sense of two eras meeting in harmony.

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