10 interior design trends of the autumn/winter 2013


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…

A stag head from M&S

Stag head from Marks and Spencers

Tartan chair from Next

Tartan chair from Next

Debenhams rustic room

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!

Debenhams animal hooks

House of Fraser animal accessories

House of Fraser accessories

Littlewoods picture frames

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 birds and butterflies

Homebase bird and butterfly drawers

Debenhams butterfly bed linen set

Pretty bedding set from Debenhams

Debenhams mono bed linen

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.

Furniture Village Tank Dining Table

Furniture Village

Debenhams mono room

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!

M&S colourful room

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

Very armchair by Fearne Cotton

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.

Grey, white and black lounge

Room design from Next

Debenhams black and white room

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 sofa

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

My G&G room


Graham and Green room design

Marks and Spencer & symbol

Marks and Spencer & symbol

Homebase script chair

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

Homebase shabby chic accessories

Evie tea towels and oven glove

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 room

Debenhams purple chair and foot stool

Debenhams purple chair and foot stool

Hope you pop by next month when I will be looking at more interior designs.

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