As the seasons change, it’s time to think about spending more time indoors and cosying up with throws, cushions and atmospheric lighting. We take a look at what the best-dressed homes will be wearing this autumn.
Autumn trend 1: Colour
Colours this season are rich and earthy, inspired by the natural world. Think deep, glossy browns (conkers and acorns), amber and russet (autumn leaves) and lovely rich deep reds and purples (heather and chrysanthemums). These colours all work well together, so you can mix and match to your heart’s content – you can use shades of cream and grey for contrast. Think piles of scatter cushions and lampshades in russety autumn colours for the ultimate cosy feel.
Autumn leaves wall art print from Abstract House. Handmade in Britain, it’s printed professionally in a London design studio. Prices start at just £5 (small print, unframed) and go up to £50 (large print, framed), so you can change your artwork seasonally if you wish.
Jaspi cushion by Marimekko. Teracotta fruits and khaki, navy and blush leaves adorn this on-trend cushion, which made from 100% cotton and is a limited design. The price of £39 includes the feather pad.
Marooned paint by Dowsing and Reynolds. Marooned is a rich cocoa-hued maroon paint with a grey undertone. It’s perfect for adding autumn ambience to your interiors. Priced at £21.99 to £39.99.
Autumn trend 2: Texture
Again, textures and patterns this season are inspired by nature. Natural wood, including bark, cork and unpolished surfaces, will add interest to everything from furniture to accessories. Other key materials include wicker, willow and rattan work as well as earthen ware and terracotta. Patterns will draw on woodland motifs such as pheasants, squirrels and pinecones.
‘Handcrafted’ is also a strong theme for this autumn – think chunky wool cushions and throws, with tassels, pom poms and macrame a-plenty. Time to fetch out that sewing basket!
Wool hand-felted ‘pebble’ rug from Perch Upholstery. Each ‘pebble’ in this unusual rug is made by hand from felted wool, so each one is unique. The finished rug is squashy and perfect for adding a touch of luxury beside your favourite chair. It’s ideal for adding interest and texture to a plain carpet or wooden floor. Prices start at £100.
Mango wood vase with bark from Ian Snow. This hand-turned wooden vase complete with bark is made from the wood of the mango tree. The crafting process includes the use of charring the wood and the finished piece even smells slightly and deliciously of wood smokelinger. To add fresh flowers, place a jam jar inside to help protect the wood or use use dried flowers, feathers and twigs for a truly autumnal effect. Was £58.99, now £29.
Super-chunky wool throw (available from mid-October) from Cox and Cox. Super cosy and perfectly on trend, this large, extra chunky knit throw, £150, is perfect for snuggling in front of the fire on winter nights, or displaying across your bed for added texture.
Autumn trend 3: Metallics
Despite having been around for quite a while now, metallics are still a hot trend. Use the gold tones of brass, copper and bronze to create a cosy feel, while the silver tones of zinc and pewter add a contemporary edge to a modern decor.
Pewter heart from Malin Appelgren. Hand beaten from pewter by Swedish artisan Malin Appelgren, this heart, £30, is stamped with the maker’s mark and would look great hanging in a window or to reflect candle light.
Orient copper pendant lamp from Lightyears. This lamp was originally designed in 1963 by Jo Hammerborg and is one of his many classic designs of the 60s and 70s. Lightyears, in collaboration with the Hammerborgs, have revamped and bought this iconic design back into production. The new design is available in different sizes in matt black or solid copper, and will work with many different decors. Prices start at £340.
Horne nickel and brass desk lamp from Artisanti. Elegant in its simplicity, this nickel and brass desk lamp, £123, oozes urban chic, putting a spotlight on style in any home office or study. The cone shaped head is held by a brass thumbwheel pivot that allows you to set the perfect angle for reading or mood lighting.0