5 Tips for Recreating a Chic Chalet Vibe at Home
The seasons are beginning to shift and a fresh autumnal chill is upon us. I don’t know about you, but here at Powderhound, we are beginning to dream of a roaring fire and a cosy place to curl up. Why not make these dreams a reality by giving your home a minor (or major!) chalet makeover. To give you that inspirational push, here are 5 useful tips for recreating a chic chalet vibe at home. If you are looking to plan an alpine escape this winter, then be sure to read to the end because there is a surprise in store.
Decorate your walls with art you can get lost in. If chalets feel like the ultimate escape, then you deserve a mountain daydream from your kitchen table. Adorn your walls with artwork nostalgic for days on the slopes. Here at Powderhound, our founder Natasha Durlacher has created a range of unique prints, all reworked from photographs captured on her own alpine adventures. Choosing artwork will add an individual flair to your chalet look, so browse below our most iconic prints.
The feeling of relaxation is quintessential to any chalet interior. Our second tip for reaching this state of ease? Review your colour palette. Chalet’s are awash with calming neutrals, wintery greys and the odd pop of warming brassier tones. Giving your living space a lick of paint can be a daunting task, but oh boy can do it wonders. If you are not up to painting the whole space then why not try a well-placed statement colour across one wall. Choose a dark bold colour, to stand out against the neutrals. Easier ways of changing up your colour palette could be adding a cream throw or a couple of beige scatter cushions. This will make your living space feel cosier too, which is always a bonus.
Our third tip is simple, add dimension to your space using different textures. Chalet interiors famously contrast hard finishes with softer tones. The addition of aged wood echoes the natural wooden interiors found in traditional alpine chalets. Antique markets are ideal for sourcing wood furniture with a more distressed finish. Combining different textures in your living space to perfectly juxtapose one another is a modern-day art-form in 2020. For example, Take a rattan wood chair and drape a faux fur rug across its elegant arms. You have achieved the height of chic.
Be inspired by the great outdoors. Being mindful about the four elements of nature (Air, Water, Fire and Earth) is a great place to start when redecorating. An important theme in the world of chalet interiors is bringing the elements from outside, inside. Create an airy interior inside your home, to remind you of the crisp mountain air. Achieve this by positioning a chair in natural light, or better yet by building a cosy window seat. Let warmth be the focal point, whether it be an actual fireplace or a cosy rug in shades of red and burnt orange. The elements are there to inspire your chalet dreams. We recommend creating a mood board around each element and see where your own creativity takes you.
Lastly, the final step to finessing a chic chalet vibe is the smaller, finishing touches. Your living space should be filled with light to mirror the large windows of a chalet. By nightfall, create a rustic ambience by lighting juniper berry and pine candles. It is okay to leave some empty space. To create a truly sophisticated vibe, it is important to avoid overcrowding. Centre your space with the addition of a large vase filled with crisp flowers and fresh pine cones.
Looking to go on Holiday Winter 2020?
We hope you have found these tips helpful, and your home is a little more alpine. However, if you are still dreaming of your perfect chalet, we know just the place to go. The Chalet Edit is a curated index of luxury chalets escapes and a remarkable resource for anybody browsing skiing holidays. Sit back, relax and enjoy the fun parts of planning a holiday. Expert Ski Specialists will assist you in hand-crafting the perfect trip, right down to booking all the fiddly after-thoughts that go with your dream escape. With years of experience and first-hand relationships with some of the worlds most luxury chalets, The Chalet Edit is something you can expect excellence from. If you would like to browse their chalets (fun activity even if you are not going away!) then click here. To speak to a Ski Specialist directly, call +44 (0) 208 133 1130.