Autumn details

It’s Autumn and time for us all to make some changes before the year end. For me it’s a new hair style! but for the large fabric houses it’s time for the launch of their Autumn /Winter collections.

In the current economic climate, the safest option might seem to be to stay with a safe neutral colour scheme and not rock the boat too much, but the style makers are certainly not taking that route. They’re taking us on a sophisticated journey which is designed to create a long lasting, classic look. Frivolity has been swept away to create a more subtle, mature approach.

Many interiors are about layering, look for eclectic pieces, antiques and contemporary furniture and set the scene within each room: relaxed or formal in the dining room; cosy comfort in the sitting room; country casual in the snug.

If you’re confident, mix modern retro geometrics with clever furniture and add luxurious accessories, lighting and fabrics for a truly glamorous look.

New Autumn winter tones include chocolate and cocoa tones, berry, burnt orange and duck egg. Chocolate and duck egg have been around for some time so will complement existing furnishings. If you fall in love with the burnt oranges, but don’t want a whole room full of them, then accessorise – you can easily change a colour scheme in this way and create a new room without spending too much.

At a time like this quality and attention to detail have never been more important, just because it’s expensive doesn’t mean it’s good, so check the quality of workmanship and look for unusual pieces from British designers to bring your interiors up to the minute.

If you need some help or advice for your home or garden this year then please give me a call – I’m happy to visit you at home and offer advice and support, from a single pair of curtains to the whole house and garden.