Like fashion, interior design moves with the seasons. It’s a big investment to make major changes to your home and go for a full redecoration, but just a few small additions can bring your home up-to-date and on-trend.
Create a boutique hotel look
This autumn, the story is all about luxury and indulgence. Sumptuous fabrics, lots of texture, glittery, shimmery surfaces and shiny metallics are key. Global lifestyle company Graham and Green suggests pairing metals with contrasting materials such as concrete or wood and say that while copper is still popular, brass is the new golden boy.
Colour it beautiful
Colour – rather than neutrals – is all-important. Green is the new black but blue, especially cobalt, is still hugely popular, as is yellow. Bright, Bloomsbury-inspired pastels can be found at Tesco Home, and dramatic deep reds and turquoise tones at John Lewis. Match rich, dark colours with bright accessories for a modern country house feel – and don’t forget to add a cocktail cabinet if you want to hint at a bygone age of opulence and indulgence.
Texture is vital
Create your own fairy-tale look with lots of creamy sheepskin and faux fur throws, cushions and rugs, mixed with golden surfaces that glimmer in the firelight. Graham and Green have come up with a Gustavian country look using plush velvets, glass and mirrored lighting. They also favour a bold mixing of styles, such as traditional Moroccan rugs but with electric pink trims.
There’s a feeling of discovery in the air this autumn. This global outlook is reflected in maps, faux animal skins, exotic patterns, woven rugs and subtle folk imagery – all treasures you might find on your travels, combining texture, colour and print. The homespun look is where it’s at, and Next is a great place to source these products - their Bosphorus collection is based on east meets west, while their earthy Wild Meadow collection features delicate motifs, heavy knits and crocheted trims.
At Cath Kidston, pretty hedgerow-inspired prints are sprinkled on fabrics and china, and leaves and floaty feathers feature elsewhere on wallpaper collections. The new favourite shape is geometric and these angular shapes sit well alongside the popular 50s-inspired, industrial look. George Home and Maisons du Monde both stock a range of reasonably-priced geometric cushions, vases and lampshades.
A word from the experts
The appeal of all things Scandinavian continues and John Lewis, always a market leader, believes Scandi-style is now more of a philosophy than a trend. ‘Functionality, simplicity and quality are the key words in this mindset,’ they say. ‘As our day-to-day lives seem increasingly hectic and demanding, there is a desire for things that are hassle-free. In furniture and fashion, shapes are pared down to their basic elements.’
John Lewis also points out that consumers are increasingly interested in the backstory of the products they buy. ‘Where is it from? Who made it and how? The result is a demand for natural materials and craft-based products. Allied to this is a continued interest in British-made, with products from the traditional centres of excellence in tailoring, textiles, furniture and ceramics.’
Finally, they say, small spaces, studio living and shared accommodation is fuelling customer demand for stylish, compact, cost-effective furnishings.