Glam it up



Editor Lynn Stewart explains how to combine the new season’s rich tones and luxe fabrics for a touch of elegance at home.

As the days shorten, it’s time to take the chill off interiors with a look at warming trends for the season ahead. Creating the right environment at home helps us all to embrace the change in the weather, rather than dread it.

The sense of indulgence around in interiors right now is the perfect backdrop to the colder season - think plush textures, materials you want to touch, and throws and blankets just ready to snuggle under. Although modern Scandi style is still around, this is the time to warm up those neutrals with tactile fabrics on everything from cushions to upholstery.

The never-diminishing popularity of mid-century modern style means that velvet sofas in deep tones are on trend right now, so if you are investing in a new sofa, go for bold with bottle green, teal or even a vivid pink. Team it with dark walls to add interest and depth to your scheme, while paler walls will help your new furniture really stand out.

Colour has been edging into homes since those ice-cream pastel shades popped up in springtime. Pinks, particularly dusky tones which keep the look elegant and grown-up, will be around all winter. And if you don’t want to go the whole hog with an all-pink scheme, team it with grey tones, which are showing no sign of dropping down the popularity charts.

Big, blowsy floral prints are having a bit of a moment and lend themselves to plush materials. All you need are a few oversized cushions to transform an old sofa or chair.

The sophisticated vibe continues with metallics – particularly gold, which will lift any scheme and works well with the other new-season favourites, navy and midnight blue. Simply adding a bold gold mirror to create a focal point in a living space will give any room a new feel.

Indulge the senses this season and your home will thank you for it. TC
Published: October 2018