Autumn Interior Flare
Now that the kids are back at school, and the summer holiday season is over, our minds are turning towards making a warm and welcoming home to come back to.
Whether you’re a vintage trawler or a high street shopper, it’s easy to find key decorative pieces for autumn 2015 that will add that cosy yet contemporary touch.
The stark Scandinavian style has been a major player in the interior design world for decades, but it has been updated with rich materials and deeper palates of neutrals for this autumn. Read on for more edgy interpretation of ‘cosy’.
Three Shades of Grey
If your living room walls need a fresh lick of paint, then consider the new and unrivalled shade for autumn 2015… Grey!
You might not be enthralled, but using a selection of three or so shades will made a tranquil backdrop for walls, floors and textiles. If you can’t commit to painting a room grey, then experiment with soft grey textiles to prepare your home for autumn.
Laura Ashley, queen of traditional homewares, has just launched their AW15 range, including the Dartmoor range. The Dartmoor cushion’s thick layer of faux fur will add texture to a block colour sofa or armchair, as well as an injection of softness and comfort.
Scatter this cushion across your sofa with a range of pillows in contrasting textures to create a contemporary, interesting display. The accompanying Dartmoor faux fur throw is an inviting, multi-tonal piece perfect for throwing over a bed, which proves that grey does not have to be boring.
Behind the Screens
Beautiful, practical screens are back in fashion, finding themselves in both traditional and modern interior design schemes this year. Screens can elegantly divide an open plan room, become a pop up changing room, or create more intimate spaces at a party.
The Chinese inspired Shanxi Butterfly screen features intricate butterflies in deep, jewel colours. It’s a luxurious yet mysterious talking piece, with a dark lacquer finish which will subtly reflect warm evening light across your room.
For something more bold, uncompromising and unapologetic, this Lattice Divider screen is a playful choice. This statement piece will break up a room without intruding the space, thanks to the large gaps in its tree silhouette shape.
Smells like Home
Candles are a seasonal staple to add warmth, light and colour into your home. One of the best suppliers of candles and cosy touches is Cream Cornwall, who specialise in classic, contemporary and cottage style handmade products. The quaint woodland creatures illustrated on their bone china votives make these candles an autumnal feature to display with pride on your mantelpiece.
The Game & Garden Cardinham candle lasts for over fifty hours, despite its compact size. This hand poured, triple scented candle radiates notes of sweet coconut, delicate jasmine, and amber to gently tingle the senses.
Cream Cornwall’s Enys candle bowl is an ideal centrepiece for your dining table this autumn. The candle wax has been crafted to burn evenly across the votive, while eking out strong bergamot and grapefruit scents. These are quietly balanced with soothing floral tones, to create a sensory symphony that holds your attention.
Stoke the Fires of the Future
As winter approaches, now is the time to make your hearth the centre of your home. It doesn’t matter if you have a traditional fire, a log burner or an electric fire. With a few simple accessories your fireplace can become the centre of attention.
The Salcombe Trading Company’s radiant Log Ring is practical yet striking, as the metal ring contrasts with the rough cut wood it holds. Each log ring is one of a kind, as they are produced one at a time by a master blacksmith.
An essential accompaniment to the log ring would be Salcombe Trading Company’s Companion Set which is sturdy yet stylish. The set includes a shovel, poker and brush all made by a single blacksmith. The set features Jacobean knot detailing at the sides for a spark of character.
Vintage Inspired Clocks
Clocks make great décor in any house, and depending on the room they can be a vital element. Retro clocks are featuring more prominently in interior design trends this year, but are materialising in darker colours and sleek metal frames.
Newgate, world renowned clock makers, have some fine examples of this autumn’s best clocks. The Vintage Electric Station clock is iconic, a classic, and fits the retro theme nicely. That round black frame is punchy and unmissable, at home in the kitchen or study.
If you’re looking for something more classy, then their French inspired Croupier’s clock is worth investigating. It is art deco in style, with its sleek silver frame and Roman numeral dial. The design is reminiscent of the glamour of the 1920’s French casinos.
Personal Mini Gallery
A great autumn 2015 trend you can really make your own, is the personal mini gallery. It’s a sophisticated way to show off family photos, unique art prints or even your own sketches.
The main principle behind a captivating mini gallery is to collate quite small pieces, the largest perhaps being no larger than an A4 piece of paper. Use different sizes and different styles of frame to create a cool collage which comes together as a piece of art in its own right.
The collection can be as small or big as you like, the only important thing to remember is to keep in personal to you. In the colder months where we may not venture out as much, so a home gallery is an inspiring way to add exciting variety to your house.