Good Homes’ top autumn home decor trends

October 9, 2021

From soft amber to deep plum, embrace rich seasonal shades teamed with natural accents in your autumn home decor schemes. Plus, the country look gets a contemporary update, nature makes a statement, and monochrome embraces softer edges…

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1. Blue velvet

Deep and moody, the sumptuous yet versatile shade of midnight blue will add a dramatic element to any room. Choose velvet accessories with decorative detailing – such as gold embellishment, bright pom poms or contrasting fringe trim – to make the most of this luxe blue hue. For an accent colour, almost any shade of pink complements dark blue, but a yellow-toned blush or salmon works particularly well for a soft colour pop (try Graham and Brown’s August, £42 per 2.5 ltrs).

autumn colour trend: midnight blue

Photo: Next

Pictured above: Deco bed, in Dark Navy Opulent velvet, from £550 for a double; 300 thread count 100% cotton sateen collection luxe double duvet cover and pillowcase set, in various colours £48, velvet feather cushion, £30; marble and gold nest of two tables, £150; gold round mirror, £140; Asiatic Rugs Nova Abstract rug, from £74 and Seb table lamps, £28 each, all Next Home. For a similar wall colour try Royal Navy absolute matt emulsion, £48.50 per 2.5 ltrs, Little Greene.

2. Pink and plum

The complementary shades of pink and plum work beautifully together to create a sumptuous, sensual space. For a bold look, go for softer pinks to accessories, while using the deeper shade of plum to highlight an architectural feature. For example, turn an alcove or recess into a stylish study or dressing table area by defining the space in a bold shade that makes it stand out from the rest of the room.

autumn decor trends: pink and plum

Photo: Dulux

Picture above: Walls in Natural Hessian Simply Refresh one coat, £39.18 per 2.5 ltrs, and Decadent Damson Simply Refresh feature wall, £25.36 per 2.5 ltrs, both Dulux. For a similar desk, try Hiba industrial style desk in metal and oak, £325, La Redoute. For a similar chair try Taylor dining chair in moss green velvet, £99, Cult Furniture. For a similar bed try Oak Spindle bed, £1,509, Ethnicraft. For similar bedding and throws, try Loaf. For similar cushions try Clara cotton velvet cushions in Ochre, £12 each, Dunelm.

3. Lush and leafy

An autumnal take on the trend for palm prints, the lush and leafy look pairs dense, forest green shades with warm textures, like velvet quilted throws and tufted rugs. Accessorise with gold metallic details and go for complementary shades in soft, earthy pastels, or take inspiration from other exotic plant-based shades like mustard, burnt orange and red-toned purples.

autumn interior trends: forest green

Photo: Graham & Brown

Pictured above: Glasshouse wallpaper in green, £65 per roll, Glasshouse matt emulsion, £42 per 2.5 ltrs, both Graham & Brown. For a similar side table, try Charter wood accent table, £99, Dunelm. For a similar light try Dar Tower ceiling pendant, £58.49, Lighting Direct. For similar bed linen try Linen Bedding Bundle in Clay, £179 for the double size, Bedfolk. For similar velvet cushions try Loaf.

4. Soft Scandi

Calm and soothing, soft Scandi is a cosier version of this enduring Northern European trend. The new neutral for this look is warm pebble. Softer than taupe, it’s ideal for creating a relaxed yet cosy space, and works well in any Scandi-inspired scheme. Add an accent in blue-grey tones. Reminiscent of the coast, pale blues are a natural companion to beige hues, adding a cosy depth of colour.

autumn colour trends: warm pebble

Photo: Desenio

Pictured above: Dried Lines gallery wall of five framed posters, £162.20, Desenio. For a similar wall colour, try Perfectly Taupe matt emulsion, £26.12 per 2.5ltrs, Dulux. For a similar console table, try the Toronto dark-wood design, £349, Danetti. For a similar coffee table, try the Pedrera by Gubi, £685, The Conran Shop. For a similar rug, try the Masali berber-style design, £229,

5. Contemporary country

Soft and cosy, contemporary country is perfect for autumn, when the nights draw in and the jumpers go on. T get the look, bring in lots of natural materials like raw wood and woven elements. In the dining room, stone tableware in shades of green and tablescaping featuring seasonal pumpkins and dried flower arrangements in muted autumnal tones will set this look off perfectly. Be sure to keep your furniture softer too, with rounded edges rather than sharp.

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autumn interior trends: cocooning

Photo: Nordic House

Pictured above: Sundby dining table, from £850; Sundby high back bench in Sage Stripe, £1,650; Sundby long bench in Sage Block, £550; round jute rug, from £99; Blom dining chair, from £150; Fresh Green tableware, from a selection (all from Nordic House).

6. Rustic vogue

First it was cottagecore, then it was Regencycore (thanks, Bridgerton!) and now its rustic vogue – a more sophisticated look that meets somewhere in the middle. Four-poster beds, antique mirrors, damask wallpaper and candelabras all feature, but the colours are more muted and the accessories less cutesy. Embrace deep velvety hues like plum, burnt orange and forest greens. Go with a bold shade on panelled feature walls and embellish with muted gold accessories.

autumn interiors trend: burnt orange

Photo: Habitat

Pictured above: Drio sideboard, £595; Joel sofa bed in orange, £400; Orrico hammered brass plant pot, £55; Regency cushion in Emerald Green, £25; HAB double gold planters, £25; Razia India nested tables, £195 (all from Habitat). For a similar wall colour try Velvetine 442 flat matt emulsion, £37.99 per 2.5 ltrs, Crown Paints.

7. Soft monochrome

Take the classic monochrome colour scheme to another level with muted tones and tactile materials for an ultra-stylish look. Swap black and white for navy or grey with soothing cream for a more mellow, inviting palette, finished with a few bold pops of colour. For on-trend styling, introduce natural elements like seagrass, jute and rattan, and go for soft furnishings in bold prints. In the kitchen, add contrasting materials like marble, stone and wood to add character and warmth to black and white decor. In the bathroom, elevate a graphic scheme with the addition of gold, brass or copper fixtures and fittings.

autumn decor trends: soft monochrome

Photo: Dulux

Pictured above: Walls painted in Romney Wool velvet matt emulsion, £40.64 for 2.5ltrs; woodwork in China White eggshell, £23.74 for 750ml, both Dulux Heritage. For a similar sofa, try the Brew in Thatch House fabric, £1,245, Loaf. For a similar rug, try the Kudu seagrass, £155, French Connection. For a similar coffee table, try the Ercol Original, £529, Furniture Village. For a similar armchair, try the Jonah, £299, For a similar floor lamp, try the So’Home white metal arched curve design, £139, La Redoute. For a similar basket, try the rattan storage chest, £175, Cox & Cox. For similar accessories, try Nkuku.

8. Organic influences

Take your cues from the natural materials and free-from patterns found in a woodland setting, from wood grain and polished stone to aged verdigris surfaces and watermarked ripples. These tactile blue-grey tiles feature oxide impressions for a time-worn finish. Add to the look with ceramic vases featuring Aztec prints and ombre glazes, filled with simple grasses or sprigs of dried thistles.

autumn decor trends: organic influences

Photo: Mandarin Stone

Pictured above: Camden Marine ceramic wall tiles, £46.80 per sqm, floor tiles, from a selection, all Mandarin Stone. For a similar wall colour try Red Earth modern emulsion, £53 per 2.5 ltrs, Farrow & Ball. For a similar bath try, Essex cast iron single ended bath, £1,377, Heritage bathrooms. For a similar basin, try Lusso Vetrina stone resin black countertop basin, £285, Lusso Stone. For similar wall-mounted taps, try Vellamo Twist matt black three hole wall mounted tap, £199.99, Drench.

9. Nature’s bounty

Combining the bold and the naturally beautiful, the nature’s bounty look makes a firm statement without overpowering a room. Pair a striking nature-inspired wallpaper with neutral eggshell or putty-coloured flooring and wooden furnishings with a contemporary twist. The National Trust has just released a new wallpaper collection that’s perfect for creating this look.

autumn decor trends: nature's bounty

Photo: Little Greene

Pictured above: National Trust Papers II Beech Nut Cordoba wallpaper, £97 per roll; wall painted in Shirting 129 Intelligent Eggshell, £68 per 2.5 ltrs, both Little Greene. For a similar chair, try Modica, £199, For a similar coffee table, try the Caprice, £179, Dunelm. For a similar side table try Kalahari, £121, Maisons Du Monde. For a similar lamp, try brown glass table lamp, £18, George Home.
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