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New season, new home!

Summer has gone. Deal with it. Embrace Autumn with these 6 breezily cool interior trends of rich colours, retro shapes and pared-back natural materials.

There’s something about the end of summer. Once you’ve hoovered the last of the sand out the back of the sofa and squeezed the tent, kite, picnic chairs, French cricket set and foldable rug back into the cupboard under the stairs, you do find yourself reassessing your living space. For if you can no longer treat outside as ‘an extra room’, the rooms that you do own are going to have to work a lot harder. They’ve got to be practical (warm, dry and able to accommodate seating and sleeping arrangements) but also spaces that you enjoy being in, particularly as through winter we’re so often hostages to the English weather. (“Shall I go outside and negotiate the sub-arctic horizontal sleet? Or, should I snuggle in my elegant sofa and have a cup of tea?”)

So, now is the time to give our interiors a polish to whip us happily through the dark and dank upcoming months. And we’ve tracked down six key trends that will do just that.

1/ Curvy furniture

OK, bear with us. This isn’t quite so bizarre as it sounds. By curvy, we mean organic, plump forms where comfort is high up the list of priorities. Tom Dixon’s ‘Fat’ dining chairs were designed to prevent the ubiquitous shuffle that most diners experience two hours into a meal. To bring this trend into your own space, try a love chair with soft curves, and plumped up proportions. We’re fans of Arlo & Jacob’s Elton Snuggler in navy cotton velvet for £855, not to mention Soho Home’s brand new collab with Anthropologie, awash with voluptuous velvet chairs and pet pedestals (yes, really).

2/ Scandi-style timber

Washed out, pale wood is having a comeback but if you’re having visions of that IKEA wardrobe in your student digs circa 1998, think again. We’re seeing a lot of beautifully crafted light oak furniture in our travels, some with stand-out details – Cox & Cox’s Chevron Drinks Cabinet (£995) being a case in point. Plywood is also having a moment; we’re enormously tempted by the sleek furniture solutions created by Lozi Designs in East London.

3/ Floral wallpaper

Yes, we know it’s not 1986 but equally, no-one said anything about retrofitting dado rails and matching your curtains to your bed linen. This is definitely a modern take on florals, and coupled with this season’s affection for indigo blue, we think this Farrow and Ball number (Hornbeam BP 5007 to be precise) would make a striking statement in an otherwise pared-back room.

4/ Feel-good furniture

There’s something rather lovely about giving a home to an ethically produced piece of furniture and where better to start that than Rust Collections, a wife and husband team based in Buckinghamshire. Every piece is made to order and completely unique due to the materials used. Their Chamonix bed (from £1095) is already giving us some serious winter vibes. For a bit of fun – and colour – we’re also lusting after the repurposed retro stools and benches from Woodmancote Retro; the Bertie coat stand (£600) in cheerful sunshine yellow is a joy to behold.

Also, more locally, Southsea-based Revive Interiors do just that, they take old pieces of well-loved furniture that could have been consigned to the scrapheap and breathe new life into them through restoration and upcycling. You need to go in-store for this one and it’s a great place to get some much-needed inspo.


5/ Global influences

This is a trend that doesn’t look to be budging. Terracottas, warm reds and spiced oranges have been everywhere as have authentic block prints, found on wall hangings, cushions and throws. This quilted bedspread (£130) from JL would update a bed or sofa equally well while this digitally printed rug (£179.99) from Zara Home gives the impression of an genuine Afghan carpet without the astronomical four-figure price tag.

6/ Retro luxe

An easy, and very aesthetically pleasing way to bring a touch of class into your living space, from lamps that hark back the interwar period to side tables that give off an air of 1950’s Italian design. During our scouting around we came across this gloriously flexible table from Loaf (Scala, £175) that would work equally hard for its money in a bathroom, bedroom or study. This Habitat pendant light is also deeply redolent of a 1970s top-end hotel and therefore a win in our book. Plus, in the sale at £75. What’s not to love?

Mayfly StockrbidgeFor some retro-vibed storage then Mayfly Vintage in Stockbridge has some fab Vintage School Drawers from James Leonard for Esavian which are way more Mid-Century Modern than Modern Polytechnic. They come in a range of colour finishes, and at £1,100 for the 20 drawer unit you get a lot of storage for your buck.

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