If the cool winds blowing in and falling brown leaves no longer reflect your summery bright home interiors, warm things up with these cosy, earthy colours and a few heavy metals….
I love nothing more than updating my interiors with the seasons. In summer, it’s all about bright colours like yellows, pinks and ocean-inspired blues with Acapulco chairs and rattan. But come the cooler months, I’m ready to pack away those bright pops for some cosy, comforting, warmer hues and throw down a chunky shag pile.
So with the change of seasons hot on my heels and a home makeover top of mind, I spoke to homewares specialist, Temple & Webster’s Head of Styling, Jessica Bellef, to find out what the big Autumn interior looks are and how to incorporate them into your home…
What interior colours and trends will be big for Autumn 2016?
“Earthy colour palettes are Autumn 2016’s go-to. We crave tactile sensation in our busy tech-heavy lives, so cocooning ourselves in rich, natural-state materials are perfect for the cooler months. Interiors will be layered with raw edge timbers, hides and furs, chunky wool and buffed linen. Earthy colour palettes including parchment, tan and slate are informed by the beauty of subdued nature and given a new season spin when paired with the pure white of alabaster and snow.”
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How can we incorporate the new trends into our existing interior look?
“Teal and petrol blue are in focus for the season and can be introduced to a room in small amounts through throw cushions and artworks. These shades of blue work well with all tones of timber and other cool colours like grey and indigo.
“Textural contrast is a key trend for Autumn 2016. Materials like rattan and sisal are often linked to a summer coastal look, but when styled alongside wintery finishes like thick cable knit, fur or leather, they create a fantastically on-trend textural interplay that adds depth to your space.
“Experiment with handcrafted elements by styling a coffee table vignette with a wobbly ceramic bowl or a turned timber sculpture. Artisan pieces are in-demand and it is the perfectly imperfect that will add character to your space.”
What should we buy to get the Autumn look?
“For the living room, an ethically sourced sheepskin adds softness to your sofa. You can create a cosy bedroom for the cooler months by layering your bed with textural cushions. Velvet, quilted and chunky knit cushions in a cohesive colour scheme will add a lush finish to your room. And for the bathroom, green up the space with a few indoor plants. Hang a trailing philodendron by the window or place a potted maidenhair on your vanity. They will thrive in the moisture rich air and act as a textural contrast to hard tiles and reflective surfaces.”
What mood does the earthy colour palette evoke?
“This soft palette evokes feelings of calm and serenity. Light grey grounds the subtle hints of pink and blue, which makes it the perfect base for the muted and sophisticated scheme. This palette works well in a light and bright space. Sheer curtains and pure white walls help bounce the light around the room, keeping the look fresh and crisp.”
Is it a sophisticated or relaxed look?
“This look is the ‘smart casual’ of the interiors world. It is a clean, contemporary direction with added layers of texture creating points of interest and depth. Sophisticated muted pastels are grounded with neutrals like dove grey and parchment, which moves the pastel trend on from the poppy hues we saw last year.”
How do urban industrial styles and metals complement the look?
“Metallic surfaces bring a sense of finish to a space. Copper has been in the limelight for quite a while now and while the trend hasn’t completely left us, we will see more brass and rose gold shine through. Refined, muted pastels pair nicely with touches of brass, creating a warm sophisticated look. The traditional industrial style, often quite masculine and heavy, is morphing for the new season. A more feminine take on the functional look is coming through, with colour palettes lightening up and a simplification of furniture forms.”
What textiles and materials should readers invest in for longevity?
“Choose a sofa covered in a high thread count fabric. The higher the thread count, the more durable the fabric will be, holding its shape and finish for longer. High grade leather will also endure and any changes to the finish over time only add to the natural beauty of it.”
Visit Temple & Webster for the full Autumn homewares and décor range.