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The top five interior trends for autumn

The change of season is a chance to make a few interiors tweaks to fully embrace fall

Shorter days and the inevitable change in the mercury that follows is a signal to switch up your home. This isn’t a full-scale renovation, unless you want it to be. Here are some of the seasonally appropriate trends happening now.

Feature walls
They’ve come back in from the cold for autumn. As well as packing a punch, the statement wall can be used to warm up a room. Try grasscloth, patterned wallpaper, or even a wall painted cobalt.

Libraries
Call it a yearning for the tactile, but there’s nothing quite like leafing through a book. If you don’t have the space for a full library, a shelf of tomes with a chair close by, or even a pile of books on a coffee table, is a start.

Velvet
As upholstery goes, boucle is going nowhere, particularly when teamed with a curved sofa – the hottest ticket trending right now. But velvet is a comeback kid and its texture is perfect for autumn into winter.

Modern folk
This is essentially cottagecore with less Laura Ashley. Hand-stitched throws, checks, clashing patterns, plenty of wood – painted and natural – and peasantstyle pottery are all part of this rustic, country look. This style of decorating is all about cosiness, something integral to the season.

Vintage and antique furniture
Mixing eras is something design aficionados encourage and naturally lends itself to the use of old furniture, which can be picked up from auction houses and online sites. Brown furniture (such as big, dark colonial drawers) has been on the out for a long time now but, with interest in sustainability and artisanal pieces ramping up, these items are coming into their own again. They also fall nicely into the darker wood trend.

QUICK CHANGES FOR AUTUMN
1. Swap linen cushions and coverlets for velvet or wool versions. Up your rug count, particularly if you have wood, concrete or tiled floors.
2. Make the sofa even more welcoming by introducing extra cushions in rich, jewel tones and a textured wool blanket.
3. Switch out those tropical and citrus scented candles and room sprays for deeper woody and amber scents.
4. Substitute your cool LED light bulbs for warm whites. While you’re at it, consider an extra table or floor lamp.

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