Today is the start of autumn. The trees are starting to turn, it’s a little chillier and it’s getting dark earlier at night. Many of us admit to being a fan of the colder, darker months as it allows us to wrap up warm and change our interiors to suit – cosy and decadent are our autumnal suggestions for interiors.
It appears that anything ‘boucle’, or ‘teddy bear’ is popular for autumn. Interior trends often come from the couture fashion houses and there’s probably none greater than Chanel’s iconic boucle inspired collections. Boucle textiles are set to be big in interiors this autumn, including chairs, foot stools, towels and throws. Dunelm are promoting a whole new range of boucle items that will easily add a cosiness to any room, and more locally, Arlo and Jacob in Harrogate have several furniture boucle options in hues including ivory, blush, honey, pecan and anthracite.
If there’s ever a season where you can go decadent with rich colours, then it’s now. Bejewelled, luxurious fabrics, often in darker hues and heavy fabrics offer a different, yet still cosy feel, achieving a more classic, traditional look. Teal, burnt orange, mustard and burgundy all work well here and adding in some texture with velvets and tweeds would certainly create a sumptuous scheme. Try choosing a statement piece and accessorising around it. Navy and pinks are also good colours to introduce and work well with darker woods such as walnut and wenge.
‘Grandmillennial’ is a look that embraces the past yet marries perfectly with a contemporary scheme. It can create a nostalgic look and helps to incorporate those loved pieces that have been passed down from generation to generation.
You can’t go wrong with a classic country look and it seems to come back every year. Sage greens and earthy tones are good choices and when added to wood and natural materials create a soft, warm and inviting feel. Greens are everywhere right now; not only are these shades calming, but they bring lovely, natural colours into the home and it seems like it’s the ‘in’ colour for 2021 with Farrow & Ball’s Sap Green been highlighted as a colour of the year too. Laura Ashley have introduced two green shades into their kitchen range: bottle green and Atlantic green, which is a lighter tone.
Another popular choice for the autumn is Scandi. This design trend is normally associated with soft, muted tones however it’s becoming increasingly popular to introduce primary colours. Scandi offers a minimalist look – white walls, wood floors, modern furniture, and a lack of clutter. It is often thought of as a recent design trend, but Scandi design originated in the mid-1950’s and remains one of the most influential interior styles in the world.
For a quick change in the seasons, simply swap out your accessories with sumptuous shades and introduce throws, vases, and cushions. Candles, diffusers, and room sprays can instantly change the mood too. Lighting, adding in a rug or even a fabulous bouquet of fresh, vibrant flowers (although fake flowers can offer a good alternative to fresh).