Even a short ramble in the early autumn sunshine can inspire a shift in style. Cue a gorgeous array of furniture in rich hues and modern metallics, accented with splashes of rust and berries to capture the allure of the season’s richly-coloured foliage.
And with Dulux announcing Cherished Gold as the 2016 Colour of the Year, there couldn’t be a better time to reflect that golden glow.
“Light and airy, adding gold to your hallway in the colder months creates a glowing halo that welcomes guests,” says Paula Taylor, colour and trend specialist at Graham & Brown. “Our Quill Gold wallpaper looks fabulous in this part of the home in particular. The large-scale pattern elongates even the smallest of spaces, making it perfect for any sized home.”
For an extra hint of luxury, pair Quill’s beautiful swaying leaf print with golden accents on furnishings and subtle elements, such as metallic light fittings. You can also offset this metallic wallpaper with autumnal shades like rich browns.
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Balancing light and shade will set the tone for when the clocks change, and you’re inviting friends and family in out of the darkness.
Turning over a new leaf and making the living room warm and cosy is easier than you think, and doesn’t have to happen in one fell swoop.
“Don’t be afraid of experimenting with colour. Start by introducing splashes with accessories and textiles that are easily changed if you change your mind,” advises John Sims-Hilditch, managing director at Neptune.
“For the braver, choose one colour family and stick to it - blues and greys are great together. Our seasonal shades of Fox and Chestnut blend perfectly and look wonderful with the earthy colours of autumn.”
Indeed, one hero piece on the coffee table, such as a handcrafted woodland bird, scatter cushions on the sofa in tactile wool fabrics, or a wool throw, in a squash or pumpkin shade, strewn across an armchair, can make all the difference.
Not to mention a sideboard styled with colourful decanters, and set against a wall painted in a rich, russet shade, or a backdrop of floral printed curtains to add warmth and interest.
Inspired by modern metallics, the new tableware range from Oliver Bonas contrasts soft textures with splashes of bold colour and metallic finishes, to bring a touch of rough luxe to table settings.
Pair this with a dresser or larder stacked with copper cookware, earthenware and wooden chopping boards to add texture, and not only will it revamp your kitchen or dining area, but double up as a storage unit.
“For an elegant and serene bedroom, try a palette of champagne, mink and taupe. Add layers of sumptuous bed linen, quilted and silk throws to create an inviting feel, while adding warmth, colour and texture,” says Kerry Nicholls, interior decor buyer at John Lewis.
“Reflect the autumnal hues of the countryside with parquet flooring, and lay a warm, woody-toned rug for a little extra luxury and underfoot comfort.”
After all, what could be nicer than stepping onto a throw rug and padding around on a smooth wooden floor? To warm things up, you can always style the room with a velvet chair in a sumptuous colour, invest in a luxury scented candle, or do something as basic as changing the wattage in your light bulbs to create a warm, yellowy glow.