Autumn/Winter 2018 Interior Trends

Discover the key interior trends for Autumn/Winter 2018

As the weather changes from the lovely hot sunshine we’ve been experiencing into the cooler autumn and winter temperatures, we thought we would look at the key trends in interiors this season. Interior trends tend to mirror the catwalk trends in colours and textures and this year is no exception.

This autumn one of the main interior colour is rich hues

Think emerald green, jade green, sapphire blue, ruby reds, deep turquoise, deep pink, amethyst and citrine. These colours all work brilliantly together and give your home a luxurious plush feel. Couple them with lovely lush textures like velvet. Pair them with neutrals, like grey, whites and blacks on walls, floors and larger pieces of furniture and this gives a very contemporary finish to your home.


You can also put the colours on the walls and furniture if you’re feeling more daring, as these colours all work brilliantly together. Velvet sofas look gorgeous in all the jewel colours. Turquoise and rich pink work particularly well together. A dark grey or black piece of furniture or wall can really make the jewel colours stand out. Dusky pink is also a key colour this season and works very well with the jewel colours. Accessorise this look with coloured glass in the same jewel coloured palette and metallics.

Metallics are still big this year with copper, in particular, working very well with jewel colours

Metallics can be used on accessories such as lamps, vases, handles, kitchenalia and picture frames. They work particularly well in kitchens and bathrooms. My friend Nina has just ordered these gorgeous Copper 60 splashbacks to go with her rich teal painted kitchen, made from copper, by Metal Sheets in Liverpool which specialise in metals for interiors and industrial settings. 


Another key trend that is still with us this season is mixing vintage and antique pieces with more contemporary furniture and upcycling

Antique balloon back mahogany chairs can be given a new lease of life by recovering them in rich velvets. Dark wood furniture is finally making a comeback this year after years in the wilderness so antique dealers will be pleased.

The trend in painted furniture this season is for more colour. Think strong teal blues, rich sapphire blue, and mustard. The neutrals are still there but dusky pink, light grey, dark grey and black are more popular and the whites will be taking more of a back seat this season.

Mid-century design and colour are a key trend again and the darker woods are finally making a comeback

Look for pieces of dark wood furniture and artworks in toning colours at your local auction house. Inexpensive art can be made by mounting large pieces of textured material in colours that tone with your interior. Metallic handles are another key look this year to set off the dark woods or can be added to your upcycled and painted furniture. A folksy and travel inspired trend is also popular again. Think vintage rugs from Marrakesh and again lots of rich jewel toned colours. It’s all very “Ab Fab!”

The Danish art of Hygge is very big again in interiors and with good reason

Think comfort and cosiness with oversized blankets and faux fur throws, in lovely warm soft textures and colours, chunky knitted cushions, sheepskin rugs and lots and lots of candles, and if you have one, a roaring log fire! Warm welcoming cosy interiors to relax and enjoy is what this trend is all about. Think candlelit baths and dinners, curling up on a sofa under a throw with a good book, sitting around a table with friends for a cosy supper – and you have hygge.

How to Hygge

This particular trend is probably the easiest to do and does not require much expenditure. Decorative objects should be simple and natural, oversized pine cones collected from the forest or garden, stones or shells found at the beach and on holidays, plants in simple rustic pots, pieces of driftwood and piles of logs. Display family photos, favourite objects and simple collections. It’s a kind of Danish cabin in the woods feel. Soft neutral colours on the walls and for the accessories work very well with this trend. Add some dusky pinks if you want to warm it up. This is the trend we shall be following at Gardeners Cottage (my holiday cottage rental in Blakeney) as it works very well with our soft neutral colour scheme. 

What’s in the shops

The stores this autumn will be full of items following these three key trends, so you can easily add some jewelled accessories, rugs, cushions or some cosy blankets and candles to your current decor to welcome in the cooler weather, or have a go at upcycling some of your existing furniture. A lick of paint can transform a room or a piece of furniture found on eBay or at auction. The main thing is to have fun with it. If you can pick one trend, and follow it, although all of these trends will actually work quite well together, it will simply look eclectic.  You don’t need to spend a fortune to get any of these looks and you can do as little or as much as you like. 

Kate lives in North Norfolk and is owner of a holiday cottage in Blakeney that she has renovated with her husband and now let’s out. She is passionate about vintage and antique furniture & china, upcycling and Norfolk.

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