Dress your home this autumn

Autumn doesn’t just bring a change in temperature, it brings a change of mood for homes.

Autumn doesn’t just bring a change in 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 and velvet and metallics, especially bronze and gold.

“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 and is an easy way to update a room.”

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.

Armchair traveller

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 simply 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.

:: Top tip: If that’s too macho for your taste, Roberts highlights an alternative: laid-back country elegance, featuring faded floral patterns, soft shades and distressed wooden furniture. For a more rustic take, enliven with woodland-themed accessories.

Down to the wire

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