Fall updates for your soft furnishing needs

Fall is the time for snuggling under blankets, roasting marshmallows on open fires and uncorking that bottle of red. It presents the opportunity to revel in the luxury of rich textures, warm colours and cozy patterns. Fall trends this year veer off the expected with florals and bright colours enlivening long evenings as we head into winter. We break down the season’s soft furnishing trends for you:

Salone del Mobile, the annual international design showcase in Milan, set this trend in motion. Velvet and suede are all the rage, reflecting the showcase’s emphasis on tactility. Go for a statement couch made of these lush fabrics or add velvet cushions for an elegant touch.

Oversized florals
Move over spring: autumn is now the time for florals. Think pre-Raphaelite, and go big for this trend. Bedding and cushions can add a splash of the pattern, while accessorising your space with hues that complement floral prints keeps it simple and contemporary.

Bright shapes
While deep tones are usually the season’s anchor, this year the craze is for playful, bright colours. Look out for bold shades in geometric shapes and you can’t go wrong. As Lois Vincent, home designer at House of Fraser, says: ‘Its design DNA lies in its mix and match of graphic geos, bold colours and clean lines. Running through it all is a confidence to clash not match.'

Artisanal pieces
With conscious living being a significant part of our lives, there is a noticeable move towards the handcrafted. Go local and invest in quilts, lampshades or rugs unique from a brand that champions regional craft communities. Be creative: that bedspread might make a great wall feature, you never know!

Nordic calm
Scandinavian sensibilities continue to influence design choices with clean lines defining a minimal aesthetic. Break the starkness with upholstery and drapery in contrast hues for atmospheric warmth. Indulge your eclectic side: mix and match vintage treasures with the new.

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