Published: 16/11/2020We are firmly into autumn with all its magical and beautiful changes and with winter on the horizon, comes the perfect chance to update our interiors. Autumn invites us to think about our way of living with cosy warm evenings, ambient lighting and an abundance of textural layers. Trends come and go and it is always exciting to see the new colour combinations or designs that are emerging. This year, however, our lives have been thrown up in to the air and emphasis has been placed more on creating a home that is not only our place of retreat and sanctuary but that also adapts to the ever changing circumstances.
Colour plays a huge part in autumn interiors – there is a shift from more lighter, cooler tones to that of a richer, warmer palette that cocoons us and creates the cosy atmosphere we tend to crave during these colder months. The autumn/winter palette offers an extension of the natural colours seen earlier in the year with rich, warm, earthy tones of olive greens, ochre and russet hues promoting a deeply comforting feeling at home. A/W 2020 is seeing more neutral colours being introduced, as well as these richer hues, as announced by Dulux with its colour of the year ‘Brave Ground’ and soft pink tones are also carrying on into this season by adding darker greys to compliment the scheme.
For me autumn will always be about adopting a ‘hygge’ approach in our homes and thankfully this Scandavian notion is not about to go anywhere. Think muted colour palette, an abundance of different cosy textiles and simple slow living. However, this season sees pops of colour being added to this trend and adding more rustic and industrial touches as well as ‘Japandi’ – a more simplistic, streamlined Scandi fusion influenced by Japanese design.
As we move in to the shorter days as winter approaches, creating a cosy ambience is key for the season. Using candlelight and adding warmth with textures and layers such as rugs on the floor and cushions and throws on seating beds provides a sumptuous luxury to sink into at the end of the day. The colder days and evenings ask for layers and warmth through soft inviting throws and cushions ensuring that there is an abundance of texture in choices of materials – slubby linens, sumptuous velvets and soft wools.
There has been a rise in a more organic way of living, especially during this year, with many people turning to a more arts and crafts trend and an emphasis on homemade or upcycling old unused items. Painting pieces of existing furniture is a great way to incorporate preloved items, adding interest either in a neutral colour or being brave and using one of the seasons richer tones to create an eye-catching piece in your home. Green is still having its moment, not only by adding plants that bring the outside in, but also in paint, wallpaper and fabric choices. Monochrome also comes back to the forefront of design but will be paired with more earthy browns, blues and greens.
A key trend this season is using more natural sustainable materials within our homes. Using such materials adds texture and warmth and allows for a neutral, textural base, which you can then continue to add more cosy layers to, as we get further into winter. Woven baskets, sisal and jute rugs, bamboo, rattan and cane are proving to be a popular addition in our homes this season creating that comforting, cosiness that we are all currently seeking.
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