As we shake out sweaters and winter coats and brace ourselves for chillier months, it’s a perfect time to treat our homes to a cosy autumn makeover. Here’s a round-up of this year’s autumn/winter interior design trends and how to make them your own.
Written by Lisa Proffitt | 27th September 2019
Interiors: Top Ten Trends for Autumn
Black accessories emerged as a trend last year, and the colour has crept into furniture. John Lewis have predicted that “The Little Black Chair” will be the style icon of the season and have created five new designs to suit all dining rooms and tastes. It’s not exactly hygge, but you can easily soften the look by draping a cosy sheepskin or throw over the back of a chair and dressing the table with colourful plates and crockery.
If you want to create a sanctuary from the outside world (and with the current political turbulence who doesn’t?) you won’t go far wrong with modern neutrals. Using colours from canvas white to natural buff you can achieve a look that is understated and effortlessly stylish. Plus, a bright space is by nature optimistic and the perfect antidote to darker nights.
LAYER IT UP
Inject a bit of personality with tactile textures like wool, sheepskin, wicker and earthenware. And if you have the budget to splash out on some indulgent accessories, cosy sheepskin boot maker Ugg has launched a collection of blankets, sheepskin rugs and giant floor pillows.
PURPLE REIGNS, BUT SO DOES GREEN, BLUE, RED…
Never have there been so many colours described as on trend! Just as on the catwalk, the autumn/winter 2019 fashions are varied, vast and perfectly suited to your style, whatever that may be. So whether you're a minimalist, a maximalist, a fan of colour or a lover of neutrals, you’ll be in good company. Take it all with a pinch of salt and go with what you love. You’re guaranteed to be on trend.
DARK (BLUE) KITCHENS
Whether it’s on walls, floors, cabinetry or splashbacks, blue has replaced grey as the go-to colour in kitchens, with navy blue way out in front. If you’re tempted to give this bold colour choice a go, choose matt and powdery finishes rather than gloss or sheen. It gives a much more sophisticated feel. The key to making darker colour schemes work visually is to have balance, so white walls and ceilings, marble for worktops and a light shade of wood for the island will really lift the overall look.
Every season has its signature textile. Summer has linen and autumn has tartan. Touches of traditional tartan go well in both a country house and a town house and here at Michael Graham we love the nostalgic look of bright red and green tartan for cushions, blankets and throws. If your style is more contemporary, opt for tartan in more of a natural colour palette of yellow, aqua and heather. Vivienne Westwood has plum and forest green tartan wallpaper if you’re all about bold statements and Neptune has a range of Cotswold throws if you want a lighter (and less eye-wateringly expensive) touch.
Not everyone has the time or the budget to follow the latest trends, but if you do nothing else, splash out on a new duvet cover this season. Your bed is the focal point of the room so dressing it differently will dramatically transform your bedroom. Try burnt orange for a bedroom that feels warmer and more Autumn-ready. H&M Home has budget-friendly bed linens, or for something a little more sumptuous check out Soho Home’s collection.
Start with cushions on a sofa or pillows on a bed and pile patterns on top of patterns. Mix florals with geometrics, abstracts and animal prints, and don’t worry about them clashing. That’s the point. Sticking to one brand like Designers Guild keeps the mayhem under control.
Ethical interior décor is a trend that’s here to stay. The mantra “buy less, be more” has gone main stream with an emphasis on buying for longevity, not just style. Upcycling is important too. Before you get rid of an unloved piece of furniture, think “paint or relocate?” Maybe you can give it a new lease of life.
VAMP IT UP WITH VELVET
Velvet is always gorgeous to have around but autumn is the season when it really comes into its own. Tactile and durable with a hint of decadence, velvet instantly transforms any room in the house. What’s more, it comes in every colour of the rainbow so can effortlessly blend in with any design scheme.
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