10 rule-breaking autumn home trends

Bored of blush, botanical prints and the ubiquitous nautical stripe? Our checklist of autumn trends is the cure. This season, we’re bending, blending and full-on breaking the design rules - think clashing prints, hot pink and a seriously moody way to do Scandi. Bring it on.


1. Eclectic is the new normal

Vases with flowers on a sideboard


If there’s one interiors mantra to repeat to yourself this season, it’s this: matchy matchy is out. We’re all gloriously individual, so our homes should be too, right? That means mixing and matching prints, textures and shapes and investing in those unusual pieces you really love - just because. For winter, beautifully blended ombre and two tone effects work wonderfully alongside bolder prints, and an earthy colour palette will keep it all feeling (loosely) curated.


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2. Scandi goes to the dark side

Dark Scandi trend black dinnerware on table


Black is the new black - matte black, to be exact. Nordic noir is no longer just our favourite boxset genre, but one of this season’s biggest interiors trends. Forget whitewashed walls and bleached wood - this take is decadently dark, with an industrial edge and hints of stripped back Japanese design. Shapes are a little sharper to keep it all feeling contemporary. Psst – this moody, Nordic-tinged trend is set to be big come Christmas, too.


Gray & Willow, Sable Dinnerware Range, From £7
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3. Colour is autumn’s hidden gem

Pile of jewel tone printed velvet cushions


Nature might be maxing out on mustard, burnt orange and russety reds come October, but we’re championing something a little more saturated for indoors. Colour queens Pantone have pegged jewel tones like Pink Peacock, Ultra Violet and Nebulas Blue among their key shades for the season, and we couldn’t be happier. Paired with oriental, deco and bold floral prints, it all feels a bit fantasy – the perfect antidote to dreary autumn days.


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4. Lighting gets architectural

Dyberg Larsen illumin philo green pendant


We’ve long championed luxe lighting – it’s one of the simplest home swaps that has true room-transforming potential. This season, only the statement will do. From mega modern concrete and terrazzo pendants to structured chandeliers, silhouettes are strong and lines clean - it’s the spiritual successor to the bare bulb trend. If it wouldn’t look out of place at the Tate Modern, we’re sold.


Dyberg Larsen, Illumin Philo Green Pendant, £85Shop Lighting


5. Velvet tastes the rainbow

Living by Christiane Lemieux pink monroe sofa


There was only one statement sofa to invest in last year, and it was velvety soft. Those gorgeous forest greens and inky blues we saw are here to stay, but so is baby pink, burnt orange and just about anything you can find a pot of at Farrow & Ball. Yes, it’s an investment, but it’s proven itself a trend with real staying power – so much so that we’d be reluctant to call it a trend at all.


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6. Gold goes bold and graphic

Modern graphic colour pop and gold vases


Gold is inherently glamorous, so you’ve got to keep lines clean and any nearby colour totally tasteful, right? We disagree, so we’re ditching those old design rules in favour of something a little more fun. That means gilded accessories in graphic, almost geo shapes, paired with primary colour-pop tones like tomato red and marine blue. Balanced with white, the result is playful, arty and more than a little bit modern.


Linea, Teal block vase, £22
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7. Animal motifs get wilder

Gold animal home accessories on table


It’s no secret that the leopard has serious longevity, and both the print and animal itself are officially back - both on and off the catwalks. It’s accompanied by a menagerie of equally exotic motifs, like flamingos, snakes and tigers. We’re channelling the trend via these statement gilded accessories – they have a crafted, quirky appeal that fits in with the vintage and the modern home alike. And whilst we don’t usually advocate restraint, this might be one trend to try with one or two pieces.


Biba, Oval layer mirror, £195
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8. One print is not enough

Graphic modern geo print cushions


Here’s to a happy blend. If you’re feeling adventurous, clashing different styles of print – deco with oriental, geos with bold florals and so on – is the kind of contrast we’re loving this season. If not, try the same pattern in different scales or soften with solid colour – both will help to maintain a sense of visual calm. For the truly print-phobic, the simple two tone or stripe is a great place to start.


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9. Dark walls are de rigour

Rustic winter table with dark wallsl


We see a white room and we want it painted black – or charcoal grey, or maybe a really rich, pigmented navy. Yes, the dreaded dark wall is firmly on-trend, and Victoriana-tinged tones are the warmest way to do it. Not convinced? We think it might surprise you, but you can always experiment with a smaller room like a home office or bathroom before committing to a living room or bedroom. A moody wallpaper makes a great alternative, and there are plenty to choose from.


Gray & Willow, Alta dinnerware, from £9


10. Boring bathrooms are out

Bathroom with graphic geo print towels


The reign of the bland bathroom is officially over. If the idea of a total overhaul gets your heart rate going – if we’re honest, us too – then get creative with the bits that don’t involve the builders. A few simple swaps can work wonders - try swapping standard silver fittings for gold or bronze, adding an on-trend black radiator or a statement, oversized mirror. Towels have got to be the easiest way to inject some interest, so look for geo prints or contrast borders.


Biba, Giselle jacquard orange towel, from £12
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