GABRIELLE FAGAN offers some autumnal inspiration to refresh your rooms.
Lament the summer’s passing if you must, but autumn always brings a harvest of new looks to delight decor divas.
A complete revamp may not be necessary, or even affordable, but these days designer ranges are often replicated on the high street. And more purse-friendly ranges make following new trends much easier.
‘People are now just as aware of interior trends as fashion trends,’ says Linda Holmes, from online furnishings store LuxDeco.
‘Generally, we’re more style-savvy and informed, and realise room schemes can become as stale as wardrobes, unless they are revised and updated occasionally.’
Holmes highlights that luxury – in materials and textures, gleaming metallics, craftsmanship and rich shades, from berries to deep blues – is a key player in the autumn/winter collections.
Natural materials and beautiful craftsmanship are the essential ingredients of what’s been loosely dubbed Scandi-style, and it’s a look we’ve taken to our hearts.
Calm, uncluttered spaces, pale blonde woods and subtle hints of nature in wall panels or accessories conjure up a pared-back scheme that this season is more streamlined than the rustic of last year.
‘Our Modern British collection takes the classic Windsor furniture aesthetic to a new level, looking at different materials and construction, and using different techniques within that construction,’ says Campbell Thompson, senior furniture buyer at Heal’s.
Glamour and opulence are taking centre stage this season, and elegant furniture, lighting or even a few elaborate accessories conjure this sophisticated setting.
‘A classic contemporary look is, by definition, a timeless style,” says Linda Holmes at LuxDeco.
‘Silhouettes should be tailored and combined with refined finishes and tactile textures.
‘Colour is a big story, as we want our homes to be decorative sanctuaries that speak volumes about our taste, and demonstrate our growing decor confidence and knowledge.
‘Get fruity is the message this season. After all, what better way is there to liven up a lacklustre interior than with a rich berry palette?’ says Sarah Quilliam, head of product design at blinds specialists Hillarys.
She adds: ‘Berry colours are exuberant, versatile and a perfect way to add drama and warmth to homes.
‘Industrial style is still strong but is now more refined, as it’s increasingly appealing to women as well as men.
This look focuses on textures – beaten, rusted metal and loft-style unplastered brickwork, which combines well with dark shades and rich ikat patterns.’
Shades of blue are tenaciously maintaining their hold, and for on-trend rooms adding at least a dash, whether moody indigo or even sky blue, is an easy way of looking decor-savvy.
‘Earlier this year Dazzling Blue was named 2014’s Pantone colour of spring, which has been a key influencer in the trend for the colour in our homes’ says Claire Hornby, creative stylist at Barker and Stonehouse.
‘Sitting amid electric blue and navy on the colour spectrum, this bold hue offers a peppy twist on the shade cobalt, and is ideal to make a vibrant statement.
‘If your space is small, simply use decorative cushions, patterned throws and rugs.’