A change of season is always a great time to consider refreshing your interiors scheme – and with autumn just around the corner, tactile shapes, mellow colours and softly glamorous accessories are the order of the day.
Switch It Up
Images: Rowen & Wren, LSA
Most of us are inspired by the seasons when it comes to decorating our homes and autumn is an especially enriching time of year. The mellow colours of nature, lingering sunshine and a hint of a chill in the air are all good prompts to switch up the look inside. Swapping accessories, introducing scent and playing with textures are all failsafe ways to welcome a new season.
This year, subtle brass and gold accents, tactile velvets, jewel tones and softly faded pastels are headlining. Give a nod to the folk trend with Rowen & Wren’s (rowenandwren.co.uk) wool Archive blanket (£150) which works beautifully thrown over armchairs and sofas.
An easy update is a generous bouquet of high-end faux foliage – think abundant branches rather than full-on blooms for a graphic look. Abigail Ahern (abigailahern.com) and Philippa Craddock (philippacraddock.com) both have standout options. Choose vessels with a soft golden glow – we love Nkuku’s (shimu.co.uk) solid brass pots and vases (from £16.95) and for dramatically dark schemes, LSA’s (lsa-international.com) forest collection in Pine, Berry and Branch (from £75) offers a sophisticated colour pop.
Introducing scent adds another layer to an autumnal scheme – try Diqtyque’s (diptyqueparis.co.uk) classic Feu de Bois candle (£47) evocative of forest walks, while Ladurée’s (laduree.co.uk) Othello room spray adds notes of smoked black tea and bergamot.
Light and Shade
Images: Neptune, Pooky
When it comes to colour schemes, it’s all about unusual pairings. For a different look, try anchoring muted tones with hardy jewel colours. Think rose pink and midnight blue, or mustard yellow with deep green. Neptune’s (neptune.com) Dominic Armchair in Isla Grouse (£900) is as tactile as it is moodily dramatic and looks great combined with pastel-toned cushions. Or pair plaster pink walls with graphic lines in the form of brushed metal lighting.
Images: Ikea, My Furniture
‘This trend is all about updating typical Scandinavian design with alternative neutrals by including soft and earthy tones that bring depth and a rustic feel to the home,’ says Ikea’s Interior Designer Leader, Clotilde Passalacqua (ikea.com). ‘To complete the look, add accents of brass throughout the space to really make the look pop.’ My Furniture’s (my-furniture.co.uk) Bonetti armchair in Blush Pink (£499.99) hits the spot with its velvet finish, brass accents and mellow tone.
Texture is headlining too – an easy update is the kitchen table: Ikea’s Skogsta table (£350) adds instant rustic warmth. Finally, layered lighting is a great way to add an autumnal touch – choose lampshades with softly burnished undersides for a warm glow – we love Pooky’s (pooky.com) witty Bow Tie Floor Lamp (£280) for a glamorous twist.
Article written by Emma J Page