Interiors Advice - New trends for autumn

PUBLISHED: 17:46 26 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:46 26 August 2013

Christian Fischacher

Christian Fischacher


Ring the changes with the help of Mother Nature says Justine Kirkham, head of design at James Brindley, Harrogate

If you’re looking to change things at home for autumn, the top interior design trends are based around three themes: Raw, Climate and Clash.

The Raw look brings the outdoors in with influences from nature and sustainable energy, reflected in rich earth soil colours, warm reds, natural browns and greens and warm neutrals. Simple interiors based around organic and handmade themes, using contrasting textures where leather, cork, wood, hemp yarns and rustic surfaces are key. Wallpapers continue to be influenced by the outdoors with leaves, flowers and trees still featuring strongly with the main design houses such as Colefax & Fowler, Zoffany and GP&J Baker.

The global focus on climate change this year is reflected in humid tropical and cold stormy colours coming through in autumn collections. Colours range from shades of smokey blues to softer sand, salmon and bright red, aiming to combine hot and cold colours. Mixing these colours bring some exciting interiors influenced by the environment.

I like to use grey-blues with purples for a masculine scheme with feminine hints.

Neutral schemes can also be brought up to date with these strong Climate colours; even used in small quantities they make a big impact on a scheme.

Clash takes traditional designs forward in new colourways mixing bold shades with pastels.

Candy colours are combined with neutral colours such as dark grey and brown so they still work in a luxury environment. Clash uses pattern on pattern, reflective surfaces, metallic and texture, mixing up different styles.

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