AS Mother Nature redecorates the trees for the new season, a lot of us will be re- decorating our homes, trying to get rooms re-vamped in time for Christmas. Let me give you a few pointers and show you what’s new for the autumn/winter season.
Blue and purple and every shade in between, from rich teal, deep turquoise, soft powder and moody violet are definitely the colour palette of the season. In fact Dulux has chosen Twilight Cinders as its key colour for this season. A rich, deep shade of purple, it creates a warm, comforting feel in larger rooms and works well with light-coloured furniture to offset it’s depth of colour.
Colour blocking has been a huge catwalk trend recently, and has now found its way into homewares and interiors. Very popular in the ‘60s and ‘70s, primary colours are back! Look out for bold geometric black and white patterns, interspersed with bright yellow, red and blue. Don’t overdo it though! You only need one strong piece to make a statement.
Fabric house Harlequin’s new collection Delphine has just landed. Inspired by the 1930s it captures the essence of the English cottage garden. The designs are strong, confident and bold, whilst the beautiful colourways used keep it feeling modern and contemporary.
They have also teamed up with amazing textile designer Clarissa Hulse to produce another new and highly anticipated collection called Kallianthi. I have seen a preview recently and the stunning collection of fabrics and wallpapers with a botanical theme that encompasses her trademark style, in the most breathtaking colourways, is definitely worth a look (www.harlequin.uk.com ) I can’t wait to start using these fabrics myself with my own clients, when they become available later this month.
Another inspired collaboration this season is between Marks & Spencer and design icon Sir Terence Conran. This month they are introducing a beautiful collection of furniture, textiles and accessories called The Conran Range. It consists of 70 new pieces made from quality materials such as oak, porcelain, wool and velvet. The designs are classically Conran, plain, simple and useful. There are definitely modern classics in the making ( www.marksandspencer.com )
The ever popular animal print theme has been updated once again, in a very tasteful way! Osborne & Little have brought out a fantastic new collection of wallpapers called Komodo. The main inspiration is taken from the coats and skins of wild animals. The stand out design for me is an exotic lizard printed on holographic foil to give a glittering jewel-encrusted effect. They also do a collection of velvets to complement them called Sabi Velvets.
Florals have expanded this year and oversized, giant motifs are a big trend in wallpapers and fabrics this season. Designers Guild include a few takes on this trend in their latest collection Mehsama with its large blue and white, Delft like roses it is particularly striking. The mega dimensions of these designs make the patterns feel modern rather than traditional. (www.designersguild.com )
Finally if you’re looking for some new furniture, then have a look at Ikea’s lovely new range called Isala. It’s a painted wooden selection of furniture in a pretty lilac or grey shade. It includes a very nice laptop table with lovely turned legs.
If you would like to discuss re-designing a room with me, why not take advantage of my ‘Inspiration Hour’ for only £50. It’s a chance for people to pick my brains for an hour on how to achieve their dream room!
* Emma Gordon is a Calderdale interior designer. The mother-of-two runs her own company, Eye Candy, and her Victorian townhouse has been featured in numerous national magazines and on TV. She writes a monthly column for All Woman and can be contacted on 07748 648 040 or visit www.eyecandy-interiordesign.co.uk