Changing trends

It’s that time of year: your linen trousers are put away until next year (unless you have a hot holiday planned for the winter – I wish!) and your boots and wellies are sitting by the back door. It’s the same you’re your interior too: autumn has arrived. The chimney sweep has been booked, the log store refilled and my linen cushions have been put away. I need to hunker down and get ready for autumn nights by adding warmer colours to my home to make it feel ultra cosy.

Of course, I have an excuse for all this change as we have just moved house: but it’s also the time of year that the fabric houses launch their new fabrics and wallpapers so you have an excuse to make some changes too.

Key trends coming through this autumn

Tribal: includes prints and shapes inspired by far away places but also has a contemporary edge. Get the look using bold colour and shapes and flower power images.

Modern Country: a stripped back natural look which works just as well in the city as in the country. Mix creams, wood and natural fibres with a hint of this season’s green.

Pop culture: fabulous statement pieces mixed with stark minimalism – think black and white and retro prints.

Powder room: mix powder tones of pink and orange with black for a striking contrast. Use black accessories in curtain poles and lamps to add drama to an otherwise pastel room.

Urban gloss: use soft fabrics and bold patterns to contrast with gloss paint and shiny details.

Handmade: create warmth and relaxation using natural tones and textures.

Good craftsmanship has always been important when buying furniture and this season is no different so use furniture as a focal point in a room.  Occasional furniture, covered in a striking fabric, can make the difference between a good interior and an exceptional interior.  But remember quality and longevity are more important than looks alone and only buy pieces which you love and you know will fit into more than one room allowing you to ring the changes.