With the increasing use of technology in homes across the land, the biggest trends for autumn 2015 seem to involve creating a more natural feel. The focus is firmly on creating a warm environment as the weather turns colder – one where the forces of nature on the outdoors can be kept at bay and introduced in a controlled way to the indoors instead. If you’re planning a revamp before the days turn cooler, here are some top tips.
Colour and design. Think cooler skies and falling leaves and you’re well on the way to grasping the colour schemes you need. From sultry greys and blues to burnished oranges and flaming reds, this is a palette that will allow your imagination to run wild. When it comes to artwork and wall paper prints, look to the woodlands for inspiration. Go for a rustic feel that has been refined and softened for stylish interior design with paper such as the modern yet natural-feeling Trail Leaf Orange Leaf Patterned Wallpaper, £15 a roll from Habitat. Want something even more striking? Check out the truly stunning Cole & Son Woods & Pears Wallpaper, £78 at Amara, which will still look amazing once spring comes around. Another outstanding designer option is Mulberry Heirloom Wallpaper Collection Flying Ducks Wallpaper, £79 at Samuel Charles Interiors. When it comes to artwork, you will be spoilt for choice. Go traditional with a set of two Autumn Colors Landscape Framed Canvas Prints, £71.53 from Light in the Box, or the interesting and extremely affordable large Autumn City Walk Canvas, just £39.99 from The Range. Want a more designer feel to your artwork? Have a look at the Christmassy Inspiration 60 by 80cm Print by Deborah Schenck, £55 from Habitat, or the £75 Carve White Trees Wall Art, also from Habitat.
Textural tales. When autumn comes around, textures are more important than ever if you want to create a home that is as comfortable as it is stylish. The idea is to engage the senses to create an environment that manages to be stunning whilst still managing to be a warm and welcoming retreat. Look in the direction of oversized chunky wool knitted throws, along with rustic linen fabrics and heavy cottons. Do not be afraid to use textiles beyond simple soft furnishings either. Think about transforming essential lifestyle products into more natural examples with the addition of fabric laptop sleeves or tablet covers. When it comes to accessories, search for textured ceramics with fine detailing or embossing. Semi-glazed, matt or grainy surfaces will all help to achieve the essential refined rustic look. Uneven, imperfect or organic shapes can also add to the natural aesthetic. Here are a few of the great products available to buy right now: Flamant Home Interiors Majuro Square Vase, £31 from Amara; Melissa Dual Lit Ceramic Table Lamp, £85 from John Lewis; Poole Pottery Volcano Purse Vase, £70 from John Lewis; and the Rustic Jug, £10.50 from Berry Red.