Autumn trends: easy tweaks to update your interiors
Winter’s mere weeks away, meaning we’re soon going to be spending a LOT of time indoors. Perfect excuse then to give your home a gorgeous new look with these simple but effective ideas from interior designer, Alpine Rose.
As the days get shorter and the nights draw in we’re going to be spending more time in our homes (if that’s even possible). But fear not – there are some simple but mighty effective things you can do to boost your interior style points. Gemma John, Founder of Alpine Rose Interiors on the Herts/Essex border, shares her insight into the new trends that you can incorporate into your home with some easy changes.
GREY HAS HAD ITS DAY – PLUMP FOR PINK
Neutrals don’t need to just be white, beige or grey. Pink is great for walls, too – it has a warming, soothing effect and goes well with so many other colours. Pale pink (think soft and chalky, rather than hot and bright) is less stark than white, warmer than grey and more interesting than beige. And it needn’t feel overly feminine – make the trend more edgy by choosing a salmon-y hue and mixing with dark greys and black. Or add brighter accessories to a room with pale pink walls as an accent colour and mix with green and burgundy for a beautiful colour palette. Aqua contrasts really well with pink, too.
DITCH MINIMALISM – TRY MAXIMALISM
Many of my clients seem to be getting a lot braver with colour and pattern, wanting to come out of their comfort zone and create homes that are joyful to reflect their personalities.
Moving away from the cool, minimalist look, this interiors trend is all about cosiness and layering textures, patterns and embellishments (think ‘more is more’) and surrounding yourself with items and colours tell a story.
Don’t be afraid to mix patterns – if done correctly it works beautifully. As a rule, stick to two or three colours to prevent it looking too chaotic, and mix a large-scale pattern, with medium and small-scale designs. Adding a simple stripe really works too. Still not brave enough for full-on pattern? Opt for plain colours in the same palette but in sumptuous fabrics like velvet, with some details such as fringing, tasseling or embroidery to add to the maximalist look
CONVERT CUPBOARD SPACE – CREATE A PANTRY
A pantry might sound fancy, but it’s basically just a large cupboard with useful shelving and some storage jars! After 18 months in and out of lockdown, it can’t hurt to have a few extra tins of tomatoes on hand, can it? And you don’t need a big space to install one. We recently added one into a kitchen extension that measured just 1.8m x 1.2m. You can convert existing cupboard space or buy a freestanding pantry (like the one pictured above). You could also use it as a designated breakfast station, or fill it with all your baking essentials to make this trend work for your lifestyle.
STAY INDOORS – BRING THE OUTDOORS WITH YOU
A love of nature seems to have strengthened for many during lockdown – perhaps because we were forced to spend so much time in our gardens and local parks. But with the weather changing, we’re wanting to hunker down indoors more, so it’s the perfect time to bring the benefits of the great outdoors into our homes. There are plenty of ways to try this trend, from using natural, botanical patterns and textures, like wood, jute and rattan, to adding houseplants. And research shows that it’s good for our wellbeing too, with natural colours and scenes helping to reduce anxiety and stress. Also, houseplants help to filter the air, and using fresh flowers and leafy greens to decorate your home can boost your mood and creativity, too – win, win!
Find more interiors inspiration in our Autumn Homes Special.