Dress your home for cosy autumn

The Nordic folk look from Sainsbury's.
The Nordic folk look from Sainsbury's.
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Autumn doesn’t just bring a change of temperature, it brings a change of mood for homes.

Chilly winds encourage our natural desire to hibernate and cosy-up indoors, but it’s still important for decor to dazzle.

This season, designers have taken a stroll through the British countryside and produced one of the most appealing looks – woodland, inspired by our flora and fauna.

This versatile trend can be interpreted to evoke a classic hunting lodge, or pared back to embrace an ultra-chic, rustic Scandi retreat.

If that’s too tame and you yearn to travel farther afield, there’s a retro-explorer look, evoked by classic mementoes like trunks and globes.

Alternatively, go East to embrace the colour, sensuality and pattern of the Orient, or simply celebrate luxury with textures like silk, velvet and metallics.

‘Our big trend this season is woodland,’ says Sue Roberts, director of home at House of Fraser.

‘Warm and homely, it combines wooden furniture with soft, autumnal patterns, and features owls, hedgehogs and other woodland creatures. It works in virtually any interior.’

Nature puts on its finest show at this time of year with glorious changes across our landscapes.

Follow the experts’ guide to the trends so that you can do the same at home and enjoy showing off your own seasonal decor transformations.

We’re inspired by looks from around the world, so it’s no surprise that there’s a trend which reflects our love of travel and exploring.

‘Restoration is a traditional, antique-esque trend, featuring rich leathers and revival-style furniture. It has a relaxed feel and a masculine, gentleman’s club quality,’ says Roberts.

Put your passport away and evoke the globetrotting mood by accessorising.

Items like globes and leather-trimmed travel trunks make great focal points, Roberts suggests, as well as maps, which are featuring on fabrics as well as in framed prints.

We’re celebrating design and increasingly use our rooms to showcase striking pieces which speak volumes about our taste with their style and craftsmanship.

‘The key trend that we anticipated as a design team for this season was the concept of ‘the drawn black line’, with products reflecting their absolute beginnings as hand-drawn sketches on paper,’ says Polly Dickens, creative director at Habitat.

‘We’ve used a range of ultra-fine materials to achieve this drawn line effect using black rattan, wire and skinny metals.’

Our love affair with all things Scandi, from their television dramas to their style, is still going strong.

A cool, neutral palette, with emphasis on pared-back design and interesting textures, are essential ingredients for this look.

‘Nordic folk is our interpretation and it brings a simple, homespun aesthetic with a timeless Scandinavian influence,’ says Pam McDermott, head of home buying at Sainsbury’s.

Texture, colour and vivid pattern continue to make an impact.

‘One of the key trends this season is inspired by the Far East, with splashes of bright colour and print,’ says Alice Duggan, head of home buying at Debenhams.