A drop in temperature and shorter days don’t just call for a change in wardrobe, it’s time to start prepping your home for the new season. Here’s what’s in the shops this autumn
As much as we like to hold on to summer for as long as possible, there’s no denying the change in season now that we’re pulling up our duvet at night and pulling on our (albeit light) coats in the morning. If the introduction of autumn has you hankering for a new throw to, well, throw on your couch, or maybe it has got you itching to get the paint brush out and finally paint your bedroom walls, we’ve found all the latest styles and on-trend colours for you to peruse.
Don’t say goodbye to the beach too soon
Freedom Furniture Brighton Sofa $2,199.
Although our days in the sea are numbered, coastal styling doesn’t wane simply because summer ends. In fact, the calm of seaside inspired living is a great way to escape the cooler weather. But don’t be fooled, coastal styling can also be warm and cosy. Freedom Furniture delivers Amalfi inspired soft neutrals, blues, earthy pinks and textures of linen, wood, bamboo and rattan that all work together to create a space that’s comforting, care-free and a nod to summer without taking you all the way there.
The season for orange and blue
Traditional autumn colours dictate orange be centre front during the season, and this year is no different; burnt orange, brown and terracotta are dominating new collections. But this year they’re joined, not by forest green, but by inky blue. A nostalgic colour combination, that has received a modern refresh.
If you’re interested in a little autumn shopping excursion, there are a few different ways this surprising seasonal colour combo has been interpreted, and many ways you can incorporate it into your own style.
Citta pays a tribute to tradition with a mood of warm, calm, low-key living and hand-drawn patterns full of character. They’ve taken inspiration from the 1970s and unexpectedly paired it with Japanese Minimalism to create a palette of desert hues, burnished browns, tinges of crimson and refreshing accents of inky blue and pretty pastels.
For a simple autumn update, pair a new throw with a new cushion cover. If bold orange and blue isn’t in your home’s colour repertoire choose a grey throw and a taupe or brown cushion cover to bring this look to life.
Clockwise from top left: H&M Home trays, $24.99 (large) and $$14.99 (small); H&M Home side plate, $12.99; H&M Home mirror, $39.99; H&M Home wine glass, $7.99; H&M Home cushion cover, $24.99; H&M Home vase, $19.99.
If your style is a bit more glam, H&M’s autumn range gives you blue and orange with a touch of modernist style. Their orange is a little bit more ‘terracotta red’ and their blue has a metallic edge, which makes them the perfect match for metallic accents such as gold and brass and darker background colours, like charcoal.
Dulux Manaia on cupboards, Dulux Cape Colville on walls. Styled by: Bree Leech. Photography by: Mike Baker
Dulux Colour Expert Davina Harper suggests to those who are feeling bold, to go for a feature wall in rich blue-green. And, because contrast is key, match it with colours such as terracotta, chocolate and burnt orange. “Complete the look with warm timber tones and buttery leathers in furniture and accessories,” she says.
If you’re looking for an Autumn project, Harper suggests painting a bedhead or feature wall in an exhilarating shade of blue-green or ochre.
Freedom Furniture Distillery Bar Cabinet, $1599.
In a Mad-Men-esque homage, Freedom Furniture also draws on a similar colour story. Here, petrol blue plays a big role and is complemented by warm tans, amethyst and leather accessories.
Nothing is more Mad-Men, or more appropriate for preparing us for our Winter hibernation indoors than a slick bar cart. For those who have more of a modern industrial sense of style and are looking for a big ticket item to add to their home, perhaps these might make it onto your Autumn shopping list.
Scents to look out for
The cooler temperatures during Autumn provide a welcome opportunity to bring warming scents inside, says Ecoya general Manager Claire Barnes, in particular spicy, woody notes. If a basket full of pine cones isn’t available to you, the sweet, comforting scents of Caramelised Walnut & Amber, and Spiced Ginger & Musk from Ecoya might do the trick
Comfortable colours meet rustic-luxe style
Dulux Big Lagoon on chair, Dulux Otatara on far wall, Dulux Cape Coville on near wall. Styling by: Bree Leech. Photography by: Mike Baker
It’s hard to imagine how rustic-luxe could ever be a style, but Dulux makes it happen with their Autumn “Repair” palette. Whilst the rustic side of this style come out strongly in this palette’s colours; soft and striking greens, rich blue and ochre, the sense of luxury comes through in the layering of these colours and textures.
To achieve this look in the bedroom, take a visit to Father Rabbit and check out their linen duvet covers. For the rich but casual, layered effect, choose a bold coloured duvet and pair it with a bold coloured linen sheet set. Tonal looks always make a statement, try dusk pink sheets with a plum duvet. Or, if you prefer a contrasting look, consider an olive green duvet cover with a peach set of sheets.
Father Rabbit Plum duvet cover and Dusk linen sheets.
Words by: Bea Taylor