Seasonal touches

Lament the summer’s passing if you must, but autumn always brings a harvest of new looks to delight decor divas.

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, and refreshing jaded summer rooms, much easier.

“People are now just as aware of interiors trends as fashion trends,” says interior designer Linda Holmes.

“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. It can be fun to ‘tweak’ a room, by introducing a statement piece, a different or more fashionable wall colour, or simply having a mini-splurge on lamps, throws and cushions.

“We’re lavishing attention on our homes, and that’s reflected in an ever-increasing enthusiasm for colour and pattern, and a focus on detail, no matter how small, from cupboard handles to curtain tie-backs.”

Holmes highlights that luxury - in materials and textures, gleaming metallics, craftsmanship and rich shades, from berries to deep blues - are key players in the autumn/winter collections.

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Glamour and opulence are taking centre stage this season, and elegant furniture, lighting or even a few elaborate accessories, conjures this sophisticated setting.

“A classic contemporary look is, by definition, a timeless style,” adds Linda Holmes.

“Silhouettes should be tailored and combined with refined finishes and tactile textures. And last but not least, pay attention to details, whether subtle buttoning on sofa backs or pops of colour in silk cushions. Investment pieces and harmonious colour palettes ensure this look never dates.”

AUTUMN TREATS: Black always looks elegant, and both Julien Macdonald and John Rocha are championing it in their new Debenhams ranges. Macdonald’s Star collection includes glasswear, with wine glasses and a Designer Black Faceted Mirror. John Rocha’s latest collection features a Designer Dark Grey Beaded Flower Felt Cushion.


Colour’s 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.

“Berry colours are exuberant, versatile and a perfect way to add drama and warmth to homes. Generally thought of as perennial favourites, autumn hues and berry shades are playing an increasingly strong part in room schemes.

“What I love most about this trend is the variety, with luscious cranberry, grape and raspberry, through to dark burgundy, purple and everything in between. For a modern twist and an eclectic look, combine rich claret with punchy coral.”

AUTUMN TREAT: Cushions are akin to jewellery for the home. Check out the Velvet Butterfly Print Cushion, Marks & Spencer.


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.

“The lines are becoming more blurred over what style suits a man’s space, and one which is shared by both sexes,” says architect Maurizio Pellizzoni.

“Undoubtedly, a rough luxe industrial scheme incorporating leather, tweeds, and given a slightly exotic look with the rich pattern of kilim rugs and accessories, appeals, because it looks uncontrived and unfussy, invites relaxation, and is super-easy to live with.”

AUTUMN TREAT: Transform a room in an instant with a feature wall, papered in Georgian Brick Panel wallpaper.


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 on the trend for the colour in our homes, as we head towards colder winter months,” says Claire Hornby, a creative stylist.

“Sitting amid electric blue and navy on the colour spectrum, this bold hue offers a peppy twist on the shade cobalt, and is ideal for those wanting to make a vibrant statement. If you lack in colour confidence, there’s a great choice of more elusive shades to be considered for your decor scheme, from refined indigo and ocean blues, to calming, barely-there pastel hues, like sky blue.

“If your space is small, simply use decorative cushions, patterned throws and rugs - a little touch goes a long way. For maximum impact, paint all four walls dark blue and key furniture pieces, maybe a chest or shelves, in a lighter shade.”