What Will The Most Fashionable Homes Be Wearing This Season?

Interiors journalist Sharon Dale finds out.

Interiors have become far more fashion led over the last decade. In fact, many of the trends are influenced by the catwalk and each new season brings a raft of exciting new designs. If you’re thinking of redecorating or what to freshen up your home, here are some of the key looks for autumn winter.

Shades of Grey
Grey is still everyone’s favourite neutral for walls and woodwork. It’s warmer and more interesting than white or cream. Farrow and Ball has a vast selection and is popular for good reason. The depth of their pigments and the chalky textures do make a difference to the finish.

My favourite is Elephant’s Breath. However, it is expensive at £67.50 for a five litre tin of estate emulsion. If you can’t run to it, get a sample pot and then have the same colour mixed at an independent decorating store or at B&Q.

Feeling Blue
Blue is a dominant colour this season from midnight to pale baby blue. It features in many collections.  Habitat and M&S have used a lot of it in their collections, as have Biba. The Velvet Peacock double duvet set, pictured, is £120 from Biba at House of Fraser.

Velvet Peacock double duvet set, £120, from Biba at House of Fraser

Hugely popular in the Georgian era, Chinoiserie is the use of Chinese decorative patterns and shapes on Western products. It tends to be colourful and interesting, so use it sparingly or your room could end up looking like a Chinese restaurant. I love this subtle Camille cabinet, £499, from Marks & Spencer.

Subtle oriental: Camille cabinet, £499, from Marks & Spencer

Velvet was in many of the catwalk collections for autumn winter and I’m thrilled. It’s a sumptuous fabric that is kind to every shape and size. It’s also creeping into homeware. There are lots of velvet sofas and chairs about. 

If you can’t afford these then opt for a soft velvet throws and cushions, which will add glamour to any room. If you have a sewing machine then make your own throw – buy the softest velvet and back it with satin or cotton in a contrasting colour.

Mayfield velvet-covered sofa from Laura Ashley, £1,700

Maps and globes
Discover your inner explorer this season. Globes and maps are having a moment.  Find vintage globes, including the floor-standing “drinks cabinet” versions on eBay. Or, if you prefer a contemporary take on the world, check out Wild and Wolf’s fantastic light-up globe, £79.95, www.wildandwolf.com

Wild and Wolf’s light-up globe, £79.95, www.wildandwolf.com

Cuddly cosy
This is a look that takes its inspiration from Scandinavian winters.  So think thick wool or knitted blankets and throws, sheepskin rugs and, of course, a real fire/woodburner to complete the look.

Cosy knitted blanket, £20, from Wilko
Harking back
Both art deco and the 1970s are still popular periods to emulate, though don’t mix the two. Retro and Downton-style don’t mix.  One of my favourite takes on art deco style is this Big Brass mirror, £295, from Loaf

Art Deco-style Big Brass mirror, £295, from Loaf
You’ll identify this trend most on ceramics and few do it better than my favourite store, Anthropologie. Its flagship store is on Regent Street in London but it is soon to open its first northern store in Leeds on October 20 in the new Victoria Gate centre. You can also find it online, www.anthropologie.com

Folk-inspired Forbury dinnerware from Anthropologie.com

Publish date: 08/09/2017