As we head into autumn and new fashion and homeware collections vie for everyone’s attention, there are some key trends to look out for that will help you navigate the changing seasons in style.
The good news, especially if you have filled your space with plants, is that reconnecting with nature is still a strong theme, and one that seems to truly resonate with lots of us. In a world that’s driven by technology, with many of us chained to screens from the morning alarm through to lights out, it’s increasingly important that our homes bring inspiration from the great outdoors.
One way to subtly introduce a natural feel is with raw wood, whether that’s in the form of gorgeous mango bowls in honeyed hues or with solid, rustic-industrial furniture. Look out for grain-like patterns and textures, too, and objects made with recycled or reclaimed materials including paper and wood.
Eco-friendly and ethical accessories are great examples of interiors taking inspiration from the natural environment. Fast-growing and low maintenance, bamboo is a key material that’s easy to incorporate into your home and lifestyle. And it’s versatile enough to find its way into tableware, where the beautiful patterns in its fibres can be appreciated, and structurally striking lanterns that draw on handmade traditions. Baskets and other pieces made from woven plant fibres are still a fabulous way to store everything from blankets to bathroom essentials and, of course, to display your prized houseplants.
For the autumn and winter months, colour trends are heading towards an earthy palette of smoky and ashen hues with an almost rusted and worn feel. These dark and rich autumnal tones strike the perfect contrast with industrial metallics like blackened steel and the smoky theme is carried through into frosted glassware for candles or flowers.
Charred and burnished finishes are appearing more and more, maintaining the link with nature but looking to its destructive side with an emphasis on volcanic finishes that bring to mind lava and ash. Bubbled and speckled, simple shapes take on new interest with tactile surfaces in organic and unusual textures. Polished stone might have rough, irregular edges or a mat black mug might have reflective flecks - it’s all about contrast.
And the final thing to remember is to go on embracing those perfect imperfections. Whether a piece is completely handmade or uses traditional techniques, you should be able to see the marks of the creative process and the touch of the maker's hand. Ceramics especially will keep their handmade and organic feel, with dripping and reactive glazes providing interesting textures and beautiful colour combinations.