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Interior Design Trends Autumn

Autumn Remix


Discover how to give your home autumn glow and glamour. The new moods are warm and wild with a passion for pattern from the natural world. Explore a few of the latest looks from flora and fauna to fantastical beasties and beyond. The on-trend message for this season is loud and clear, don’t be afraid to experiment.


Maximalist Rooms

Alternative Flooring’s Quirky B Button by Margo Selby and ‘Rooms with History’ by Ashley Hicks


This season our interiors are touched with a sense of make-believe. Create your own wonderland by mixing up pattern and don’t be scared to break the rules.


Here Quirky B Button Black, a playful graphic pattern by Margo Selby is marvellously mismatched with Palmeral and Artemileafy and flowery prints by House of Hackney, a brand that plays on traditional English design.  


A new book Rooms with History’ by Ashley Hicks – our first Quirky collaborator, is a celebration of maximalist rooms. His manifesto of how to mix the past with the present is shown in colourful rooms that have inspired him. A souvenir album of his creative journey and a true pattern book for the twenty-first century.


Wild Things

Bird and Rose  Collage Velvet by Susi Bellamy and EXTINCTOPIA ‘Peppermint’ by Divine Savages, inspired by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkin’s elaborate Victorian theme park at Crystal Palace, South-East London


Creatures are set free this season with fantastic beasts setting the trend for wildlife indoors. Susi Bellamy’s exotically coloured Bird and Rose and Love Birds sit on her signature marbled backgrounds. Again, she takes inspiration from the amazing colours of nature and natural-history books.


Alternative collaborators Divine Savages partner the Natural History Museum launching its first ever wallpaper range. Featuring a plethora of prehistoric beasts as well as botanicals, it also reflects a recurring rend this season of reworking tradition.


‘Working with London’s iconic Natural History Museum for this new collection has been an incredible journey through time, and a personal dream come true. Indulging our passion for nature, and our younger selves’ obsession with Indiana Jones, we’ve been raiding the vast archives and vaults for inspiration on five new designs that we hope helps to inspire a love for the natural world,’ explain Jamie Watkins and Tom Kennedy, founders of Divine Savages.


Alterntaive Flooring’s Quirky B Snake Mamba Quirky B Leopard Java


Quirky B has new Leopard and Snake patterns for carpets. These are wonderfully wild and surprisingly easy to use as a statement floor. They can be classified as a neutral as the palette for the most part is a mix of naturals, browns, grey and blues. 



Natural History

Duck Green: Colour of NatureFarrow & Ball with The Natural History Museum and Alternative Flooring’s Quirky B Geo duck egg. Mirror by Reid & Wright


Farrow & Ball has created new paint colours inspired by nature in an exciting collaboration with the Natural History Museum.


Colour by Nature includes opulent greens, one named after the deep green plumage of a Mallard. Duck Green is a wonderful reminder of the exquisite colours of nature. Strong but subdued, pair this green with burnt umber for a beautiful autumnal palette.


This natural colour scheme can be smart too. Quirky B Geo in duck egg with russet browns makes a moody autumnal hallway. 


If you love this trend then visit the ‘Morris & Co: Inspired by Nature’ is at Standen House ( until 10 November. An exhibition that explores the flora and fauna that influenced William Morris, including birdlife in much loved ‘Strawberry Thief and we are proud to have a carpet version in our Quirky B Strawberry Meadow with Liberty Fabrics.



Go Green

Tranquil Dawn by Dulux


Green in every sense of this loaded word is the way to go. A new decade heralds a new dawn and the hazy pale green tones of Tranquil Dawn as we move from cool greys and to warmer thoughtful neutrals.


Paint brand Dulux names Tranquil Dawn, a serene green as its Colour of the Year for 2020. It is meant to offer an antidote to an "increasingly disconnected" modern society and reflect a growing desire to understand what it is to be human.


This green hue is also a nod to elements of the natural landscape – Dulux's UK creative director, Marianne Shillingford, compares the colour to the ‘space between the land and the sky.’ This has a modern version too that stylists are calling Neo-mint


Finally, textiles are everywhere which is the best news ever. Curtains and carpet are back big time and autumn is the perfect season for this comfort coupling.


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