Life Interiors

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Totally autumn... Four trends to get your home hibernation ready


Picture: Marks & Spencer
Picture: Marks & Spencer
Opulence: Harvey Norman's AW18 lookbook

Caroline Foran

As the days get that bit shorter, all we want to do is curl up on the couch. From sophisticated colour palettes to moody florals and offbeat accessories, here are four trends to get your home ready for some stylish hibernation, writes our interiors expert

Luxurious florals


Florals for spring? Standard. Florals for autumn? Not so much. To avoid things looking twee and out of context, this season florals have a moodier, more wintery edge. You'll find them on jewel-toned cushions or on a statement rug that stands out like a piece of art. You might even take a break from the plain white bedsheets and introduce something more adventurous here, or, if you're feeling really brave, you'll try a striking feature wall with floral wallpaper. These more indulgent florals are ultra sophisticated and work well in darker rooms where you're embracing a more sultry atmosphere. Allow the florals to take centre stage and keep everything else relatively pared back.

Pink to make the boys wink

Pink is not a colour normally associated with autumn/winter, but when offset against the right shades, as demonstrated here by M&S, it can be quite grown up, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. This season, you'll see it everywhere. But whether it's paint on the wall or dusty rose soft furnishings, your best bet is to pair your pinks with richer colours such as burnt oranges and berry reds to add depth and texture.

Move over minimalism

Opulence: Harvey Norman's AW18 lookbook

The Scandi and Japanese-inspired minimalist aesthetic is taking a back seat for AW18, as we allow for more fun and more stuff in our space. Gone are all-white spaces, replaced with rich colour palettes of deep blue and aubergine and clashing textures of wicker, sheepskin, leather and velour. Even when it comes to something as staple as your dinnerware, consider adding something a little bit more interesting than restaurant white - think beyond the realm of function. Take a leaf out of Harvey Norman's AW18 lookbook and opt for opulence.

Rewind Rugs


Now is the undisputed season of the vintage-style - or genuine vintage - rug. And it doesn't need to blend in with the rest of your colour palette. A Persian rug with red shades doesn't need to be matched with red cushions. Time was you'd have to spend a fortune on this style of rug but now that the high street has cottoned on, you can get your hands on them easily. Consider warm wood and metallic accents to balance the vibrancy of your rug.

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