You might still be in summer mode, but autumn is fast approaching. As we begin to turn our homes into cosy havens, there are plenty of autumn 2021 décor trends to help lead the way. From punchy patterned wallpaper to tablescaping ideas, here’s what to embrace in the forthcoming season.
“With 2020 and 2021 being such challenging years, I think the changes people have faced with will reflect in how they choose to decorate their homes,” Helen Davies, Design Manager – Home at Tesco, tells Country Living.
“With more people than ever working from home, there’s a want and a need to invest in comfort, escapism and luxury, ensuring you have a place for relaxation and peace that’s separate from the workplace and the chaos of the outside world.”
Autumn is alive with a breathtaking palette of golden colours, so why not bring the hues into your indoor space. Looking for some decor ideas? Take a look at the autumn trends to dabble with below…
1. Tap into natural materials
Defined by comfort and warmth, autumn is all about tapping into those natural materials that promote a sense of wellbeing. No longer resigned to just outdoor furniture, materials such as rattan, bamboo and seagrass have earned their rightful place in our homes.
Speaking about the trend, John Lewis say it’s all about “combining harmonious design with crisp neutrals and organic details”. Whether you’re eyeing up IKEA’s on-trend bamboo pendant light or want to spruce up your kitchen with MADE’s natural cane dining room chairs, there are heaps of ways you can bring the outdoors in.
“There’s a nod to the artisanal too, bringing a sense of craftsmanship to the everyday through organic shapes, tableware, clay-like ceramics and washed linens,” the British retailer adds.
2. Autumn tablescaping
Create a cosy autumn tablescape with new crockery, candles and placemats in hues as beautiful as the fallen leaves outside. Once you’ve got your hands on those larger statement pieces, fill in the gaps with acorns, leaves and pinecones — perfect for creating an eco rustic feel.
“Bringing the outdoors in is a key theme for autumnal styling this year,” Lights4Fun say. “If you’re hosting guests for dinner and really want to impress, we suggest adding a seasonal statement piece to your set-up. Alternatively, you can create unique place settings using illuminated pumpkins to adorn plates — these are sure to wow your guests!”
Bouclé — deriving from the french word boucler which means “to curl” — is the textile of the moment. Made from a rough, curly, knotted bouclé yarn, it’s heavy yet incredibly luxurious. If you’re tempted to ride the bouclé wave, why not get your hands on the fabric and upcycle an old cushion or create a statement headboard. For a simple nod to the trend, a new cushion is always a good idea.
“You will usually find that boucle comes in neutral off-white colours, but with its return we are likely to see new and outgoing statement colours too,” Cult Furniture say. “With 100s of different interior schemes, this might just be bouclé’s big break to fitting in elsewhere other than mid-century and retro schemes.”
4. Fireplace decor
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your living room, transform it into a bewitching scene with pumpkins, fairy lights, wreaths, garlands, and twinkling twig trees. Don’t save the decorations for Christmas: this autumn is all about going big on fireplace decor. Thanks to Instagram, last year saw an influx in autumnal decor, with many going as big and as bold as they would with the festive holidays.
“As the days begin to get shorter and chillier, the living room becomes a key focus of any home,” Lights4Fun add. “It’s the perfect place to rest and recharge, as well as being somewhere you can enjoy relaxing with family or friends.”
5. Go bold
Swap summer pastels for a deeper colour palette, such as blues, greens and rich burgundy. “This autumn/winter, we’re expecting to see huge interest in bold hues such as navy blue and deep forest green,” Sam Baldry, Head of Design at Swoon, tells CL.
“These opulent jewel tones will bring luxury and drama to any corner. To diversify your space, these shades can be interspersed with silver chrome and crisp white accessories, creating a cosy mid-century modern space complete with lavish Art Deco influences.”
Planning a kitchen refurb? Why not bring the outside in and opt for lush green shaker-style cabinets. Our Whitstable in Emerald Green and White from the Country Living kitchen collection at Homebase will fill your space with character and charm.
6. Flower displays
Enjoy beautiful blooms in every corner of your home during the autumn months. For fresh bunches, opt for crocus’, dahlias or begonias. If you’re after something a little more longer-lasting, we recommend picking up dried bunches (or pampas) for a low-maintenance alternative to a weekly bouquet. Some of our favourites include this dried bunch from Bloom & Wild or this textured display from Arena Flowers.
“Another option for autumn is flower displays,” Helen adds. “Flowers are of course seasonal, so having a bunch of fresh flowers in your home is an easy way to freshen up a space or add some drama.”
7. Vibrant wallpaper
In the process of redecorating? Wallpaper — brilliant for adding colour and pattern — is the ultimate way to spruce up a tired-looking wall this autumn. To create a contemporary and stylish space, why not consider a wall mural, such as this stunning style from Graham & Brown. Designed to bring a classic and cosy feel to your home, it has been adorned with an intricate country manor scene.
For bringing the outdoors in, opt for this ‘Bird Song’ wallpaper from our Country Living collection at Homebase. Featuring Paste The Wall technology, it’s quick to hang, looks fabulous, and will brighten up the rainiest of autumn days.
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