As the seasons change, it’s time to usher out the old and bring in the new. We round up autumn’s latest trends, from richly patterned wallpapers and bold textiles to standout lighting.
Nothing sums up autumn better than a palette of rich colours. This season, the trend towards maximalist yet mindful interiors continues, with vibrant, cosseting hues and uplifting pattern. Think relaxed drama, by way of densely printed fabrics, warm metallics and tactile accessories. On-trend colours include rich corals and tomato reds, mustards, midnight blues, teals and mints. For an instant update, repaint walls or kitchen cabinetry in tones such as Benjamin Moore’s (benjaminmoore.com) Hunter Green, Parisian Red or Gentleman’s Gray (£29 for 0.94 litres).
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Try picking out these jewel-like plains with a contrasting floral – make a statement with Sofa.com’s Snowdrop sofa in Periwinkle Chelsea Bloom (£1,840; sofa.com). Steer away from a floral full three-piece suite though – pairing a patterned sofa with an armchair upholstered in a plain, such as a tonal velvet, keeps the look modern. Floral wallpapers are big news too – choose a contemporary colourway and opt for a rich, dense pattern for maximum impact. We like House of Hackney’s (houseofhackney.com) Limerence in Ink (£185 per roll) for a moody take, or try upholstering a sofa or hanging a blind in Colefax and Fowler’s (colefax.com) richly verdant Callista (£89 per metre) for a fresh but impactful look.
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For an instant autumnal hit, look to rich reds and burnt oranges. Parker Knoll’s (parkerknoll.co.uk) Shoreditch chair in Bracklyn Auburn (£999) adds a pop of colour that looks great against deep blues, while KD Loves’ Sarah lamp in Burnt Orange (£225; kdloves.com) will inject an autumnal colour boost. Aged leathers and Moroccan-inspired prints are another key look: Neptune’s (neptune.com) Casper armchair (£1,645) has a wonderfully lived-in feel, while Carpetright’s Noble Diamonds rug in blue (from £48.99) showcases on-trend informal geometrics (carpetright.co.uk).
‘This season is all about natural finishes and textures such as oiled oak, rattan and sisal,’ believes interior designer Louise Robinson (louiserobinsoninteriors.com). ‘We are also seeing an increase in pink schemes, plus bathrooms and kitchens that favour colour and pattern, from coloured sanitaryware to terrazzo flooring.’
You needn’t overhaul your scheme completely to successfully introduce seasonal touches. A few well-chosen accessories, from lighting to foliage, will herald the start of autumn. The trend for metallics continues, but this year, soft and burnished is the way forward, from aged brass to mellow copper. The Smyth Chandelier (£2,946) from Arteriors (arteriorshome.com), encapsulates the look with an antique brass finish and an angular but fluid design. Swing wall lights are also having a moment – we love the elegant shape of Vaughan’s Chetham library wall light in brass (£756; vaughandesigns.com).
Images: KD Loves
Ceramic accessories are another way to channel a cosy look – try Pentreath & Hall’s (pentreath-hall.com) hand painted Creamware Colum Candlesticks (£40 each) or for a hit of colour, the Slavic in Red candlestick (€48) from Maison Sarah Lavoine (maisonsarahlavoine.com), is attention-grabbing for all the right reasons. Accessories with a hand-drawn effect add an instant dose of chic – try switching up the look with Curious Egg’s Icon Clerkenwell cushions (£70 each) – perfect for sofas or armchairs (curiousegg.com). Stay warm with colourful blankets – the Irish wool Kelling throws at KD Loves (£275; kdloves.com) are both luxurious and colourful and come in a range of vibrant hues, from olive green to hot pink, edged in velvet. Finally, add some autumnal foliage into your scheme as a nod to the season – berries and branches are an elegant choice and if faux appeals, try John Lewis & Partners’ (johnlewis.com) Artificial Eucalyptus branches (from £8).
Article written by Emma J Page