Apologies for the lack of blog posts over the last few months! I was very lucky to of spent my summer travelling around South America and so have neglected to write much recently but now I’m back and looking forward to getting stuck into writing some more lovely design and style posts for you all…
So I missed most of our glorious British summertime as I was away on my travels and I returned just in time for the seasonal change into Autumn. Now, I am a huge fan of summer and always feel a bit sad when the first signs of Autumn start to appear but there is no denying how beautiful everything begins to look as we start to enter the cooler months of the year. Autumn offers us such a wealth of rich colours, transforming the trees from vibrant greens to chestnut browns and burnt oranges, crisper mornings – misty and still, shorter days and cooler nights which implore us to get cosy and snug inside our living spaces.
So with this in mind I want to draw your attention to a few of this season’s hottest trends and give you a bit of autumnal inspiration for your homes…
This Summer’s trends, as always included lots of lively and vibrant colours and themes which married so perfectly with the time of year but with the arrival of Autumn, we now have the perfect excuse to tone things down a little and take some time to reset our interior spaces in preparation for the cooler months ahead. The time has come to create cosier spaces that we can retreat to after a long day, with tactile fabrics and soft lighting. It’s time to light those heavenly scented candles, snuggle down in front of the fire and bring out the blankets and throws!
To kick things off, first let’s talk colours…
When thinking about the aesthetics of a room, colour is usually a great place to start. Once you have a colour palette in mind you can start your hunt for fabrics, wallpapers, paints, furniture and accessories which all tie into your chosen colour scheme. This rule even applies in rooms that have less colour, for example a white/off white room or even monochrome, whatever your chosen colour palette if you have an idea of what you want to include, you will find it a lot easier to create a successful design scheme.
This season’s colours include rich berry inspired shades such as plum and damson which replace the delicate pastel shades familiar with the summer trends. Also hot right now are jewel tones, which we have been seeing since the beginning of the year in bright and vibrant shades throughout Spring and Summer but the seasonal change has seen these tones shift into darker hues, particularly emerald green and deep sapphire blues.
Of course you don’t need to redecorate an entire room or indeed your entire house just to fit in with these current colour trends, why not pick one or two colours and tie them into your current interior schemes to freshen up the look of a room. This can be achieved so simply and without spending hundreds, try introducing some coloured vases, a new lampshade, swapping some cushion covers or maybe some new wall art. The beauty of interior styling is that a space can evolve through the seasons (without having to redecorate every few months!). Just by making small changes you can alter both the look and the feel of a room without embarking on anything too drastic and for this you will be rewarded with a fresh feel to suit every season – how fabulous is that!
Now we’ve looked at colours let’s look at a couple of the key themes for this season, starting with ‘Verdant tropical botanicals’. Now this trend was big this summer, palm leaf motifs and botanical prints were all over the place and the good news is they are here to stay, with the likes of House Beautiful citing that “Pinterest searches for palm leaf prints are up 135 percent. Including pretty much every furnishing from wallpapers, cushions, tablewares and wall art – the palm tree prints we’re seeing are bigger, bolder and more playful – and these rich green hues are taking over interiors.” My advice is have fun with this trend and bring the outside in. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to injecting some of this style into your home, with stores such as Rockett St George, French Connection and Bloomingville still very much on the tropical botanical bandwagon you won’t have to look too hard.
The second hot seasonal trend that I’d like to talk about is ‘Native American motifs’. This key theme oozes eclectic bohemian modern style with its bold graphics and patterns, implementing this design trend into a scheme promotes an instantly classic feel owing to the phenomenal heritage of the Native American culture. This trend is really very diverse and visually rich, making it an interesting theme to incorporate into your home décor. Try using blankets with Navajo patterns, graphic wall art or woven cushions inspired by this style to promote the look within your home.
So there you have it, a couple of your key themes for this season. Of course there are many more seasonal trends currently making a statement in the world of interiors but these Autumn hotties can get you warmed up for now at least.