As the days get colder and the nights get longer, there really is nothing better than spending a cosy evening at home. But as the seasons change, so too does your décor. After all, those festoon lights and quirky pineapple ornaments (!) don’t work quite as well in the autumn as they did in the summer. Here are a few of the next-season interior trends that you can start incorporating now.
1. Shady flora
The trend for plants has been simmering for a while now, but it has been tentatively introduced via artsy print wallpaper and whimsical scatter cushions. But this autumn, it’s time to embrace the real thing, and bring your favourite plants in from the cold. Choose plants which thrive in slightly damp and shady conditions (think ferns, ivy and hosta plants), and fill your home with heavy pots or hanging baskets full of rich, leafy greens.
Zinc planters by www.coxandcox.co.uk
2. Lots of candles
The Scandinavians are experts at cold-weather chic. They pioneered the ‘artisanal log pile’ look that was big last winter, and this year they are set to influence interior fashions again with the craze for raw candles. Ditch the candelabras and lanterns and display your candles in all their waxen glory, arranged on a simple wooden platter or metal tray. Choose pillar candles over tea-lights and decorative shapes, and arrange them in clusters of three or more. Draw your curtains, shut your blinds, and bathe in the most flattering lighting known to man.
Linen Pillar Candles by www.coxandcox.co.uk
3. Tonal greys
There are more than 50 shades of grey, and they all look fantastic during the shadowy months of the year. For a tonal effect, layer different hues and textures, and pair with simple blacks and whites. Paint your plantation shutters in a neutral shade of grey and when the evening sun peers through your window, a dozen new shades will appear, turning your home into a seasonal canvas.
Grey Plantation Shutters – Pinterest.com
Sometimes, catwalk fashions make their way into the living room, and this year it’s all about velvet. It is warm, versatile and luxurious, and it will give any room an instant style update.
Choose deep jewel colours for your cushions or throw pillows, or go all-out with a decadent velvet headboard or sofa (remember – we can match them up with your new curtains!). Just don’t let the dog near it – velvet is great at catching the tiniest hairs.
Velvet & Linen Cushion in Atlantic Deep – www.coxandcox.co.uk
5. Hammered metals
Copper and rose-toned metallics are still very much en vogue, but for a fashion-forward take on this trend, opt for hammered metals. They glitter without being gaudy, and work just as well as a subtle accent as they do on a statement piece of furniture.
For maximum effect, place your hammered metal accessories in direct sunlight, so that they dapple light across your room even as the evening sun starts to fade.
Brass Lamp Pendant by notonthehighstreet.com