Hi, I’m Jo Ridout from www.apassionforhomes.com, thanks for joining me on Good to be Home.
Today I’m looking at 10 of the most significant interior design trends of the autumn/winter 2013 season. This is not an exhaustive list, just 10 of my favourites, what’s yours?
1) Country style chic meets pioneer
Ahhhh, settle down by the roaring fire, put your feet up, and admire this gorgeous interior design trend! The mood is warm and cosy, using natural base colours, accented with warm, autumnal tones and golden hues mixed with a variety of patterns, including herringbone, check, plaids, tweed and even tartan, enhanced by adding chunky, thick wool throws and cushions, faux animal fur and skins. I feel a warm glow already!
You could accessorise this look with a pioneer theme, dwelling on the past. Mix a collection of curios and vintage treasures that could include trunks and suitcases, old cameras and clocks, vintage maps and globes.
Your country retreat will be complete with the introduction of maybe an odd stag on the wall and a pheasant on a cushion…
Stag head from Marks and Spencers
Tartan chair from Next
Room design by Debenhams
2) Animals and woodland creatures
Talking of a pheasant, a variety of woodland animals have descended on to the High Street, to join the stags, owls and rhinos that have been in the shops for a number of seasons. Foxes, squirrels, hedgehogs, pheasants and dogs have joined the party, but I would recommend you don’t over-do the numbers of our furry and feathered friends, rather mix with a variety of patterns and textures, to layer the look whilst ensuring the animals are the stars of the show!
House of Fraser accessories
Pictures from Littlewoods
3) Butterflies and Birds
Not to be outdone by the woodland and country creatures, butterflies and birds have also flown into the stores and can be found on products for every room, from plates and placemats, to bathroom accessories, to the more obvious bedding and cushions.
If you don’t want to drastically re-design a room, just changing drawer knobs or cushions can entice our flying friends into our homes. Marks and Spencer do a range of interesting door knobs, as do Graham and Green, Laura Ashley and Not on the High Street. Wall stickers that you can peel off once you want your birds to migrate are another low commitment option!
Butterflies and birds can be mixed with other current design trends too – check out this mono butterfly bedding range from Debenhams.
Homebase bird and butterfly drawers
Pretty bedding set from Debenhams
Debenhams mono bed linen
4) It’s there in Black and White
Talking of mono, as well as influencing the fashion world this year, this classic interior design combination is very popular. It is so versatile – it can be mixed with so many more temporary design trends that come and go. The proportion of black to white depends on your preference, the light sources available in the room, and the function of the room. Bringing in a mono pattern such as dog tooth adds maximum impact, but try and keep it to one statement piece like a rug to make sure it doesn’t over power the design.
If you are going for a mono look, as black can absorb light and potentially make a room look smaller, include a number of reflective surfaces within your design, such as metallic, glass, mirror and high sheen plastic.
5) Brighten Your Day
Enhance your mono scheme with the introduction of a bright statement piece of furniture or soft furnishings. I can’t take my eyes off this design from Furniture Village – the orange with the mono looks cool and contemporary and the contrast is stunning.
Bright accessories are still prominent this season, and a great way to brighten a colour scheme without being overpowering. If you go for more than one colour, check they are of equal tonal strength, as a weaker or paler tone will disappear next to its brighter neighbour!
Marks and Spencers sofa
Yes, I know, I keep going on about statement chairs, but they are an amazing way to bring a bright colour into a room too! I totally adore this bright pink chair by Fearne Cotton at Very.co.uk
Fearne Cotton’s chair from very.co.uk
6) Nifty Shades of Grey (sorry!)
Grey is the base colour of the moment.
Dark and matt grey can provide a very effective backdrop to a stunning piece of bright statement furniture, or maximise the visual impact of white furniture and accessories. Pale shades of grey mixed with muted purples and washed out blues create a calming mood and a soft feel. Mixed with luxurious materials such as velvet, metallics and faux fur can make a grey scheme move into the realms of glamorous and opulent.
this room set at Next illustrates that grey is also a very good colour for a soft yet contemporary look, particularly effective at softening the edges of a mono design scheme.
Room design from Next
Debenhams grey and white room
7) Geometric – The Shape of Things to Come
Obviously, this look is all about pattern, but the tricky thing is to get the balance right. Too many layers of clashing geometric shapes may cause a lack of harmony within the design.
Geometric shapes that mimic each other and are from the same shape ‘family’ create continuity. So layers of different sized hexagons will look stunning, but bringing in all geometric shapes into the room may cause some people to have headaches!
Polyhedrons, hexagons, triangles, zigzags and chevrons, and repeated patterns are all trademark patterns of this design.
Made.com geometric sofa
8) More than Words
From bold single letters and symbols, to stunning swirling script, to compass points on a map – word and symbol motifs are everywhere! Soft furnishings, ornaments and kitchenware are such simple and inexpensive ways to buy into this trend.
Think that words and letter designs are just for the study or home office? Think again…
Graham and Green pic And symbol from Marks and Spencer
Check out this stunning statement chair from Homebase
Graham and Green room design
Marks and Spencer & symbol
Stunning statement chair from Homebase
9 – Vintage living meets shabby chic
With the continued rise in home baking, crafting and upcycling, this is a trend that is going strong. Pretty flowers mix with gingham, checks, stripes, polka dots, hearts, farm animals, fruit and, of course, words to create a delicate and pretty, homely feel. Vintage crockery, patchwork quilts and lace mixes with upcycled and distressed classic country style furniture pieces.
Traditionally this look is based on a palette of soft pastel and pale tones of pinks, duck egg blues, heathers, heritage greens and lemons, but it really is a case of choosing your personal colour palette and going for it.
The heart is still a significant feature motif of this interior design trend. It makes mine flutter, for sure!
Homebase shabby chic accessories
Kirstie Allsopp tea towels and oven glove
10) In Praise of Purple
I really couldn’t complete the top 10 without adding purple, my favourite interior design colour, hope you will indulge me! I’m pleased to see it’s still a colour that’s significant within interiors at the moment – yippee! From deep, plush and tactile aubergine, to pale, relaxing and harmonising heather, your shade of purple depends on your room, lighting, and the mood you want to create. I love a statement wall in a pretty heather, lulling you into a deep sleep in the bedroom, or a gorgeous velvet sofa (no, not statement chair this time!), stealing the show in a sitting room – purple paradise!
Debenhams purple room
Debenhams purple chair and foot stool
Hope you pop by next month when I will be looking at more interior designs.