AW trends 2013
Autumn is upon us with long shadows, chilly mornings and crisp orange and browns. This theme is very strong in AW13’s inspiration, so we thought we’d look at AW13’s trending style and all it has to offer us.
Decorating your home is something that can occur at any time of the year and each month comes with its own injection of style inspiration, from colours and textures, to patterns and finishes.
A trend with any season or month in the world of design is one which centres on colour, and for this autumn you’ll want to introduce warm colours into your home to combat the colder weather outside. Traditional autumnal colours such as rustic oranges and reds are always popular, but in recent years we’ve seen striking colour combinations like teal blue and chocolate brown or dark silver and deep purple used to great effect.
But this season, we really like the look of burgundy combined with accent colours such as silver or gold for a modern twist on a traditional favourite. Pantone’s colour of the year 2013 is emerald green – lively and elegant it’s a wonderfully versatile colour with surprising energy. Pantone’s turbulent grey is popular in colour palettes and fashion, when teamed with vivacious pink, rustic orange, deep purple, emerald green or a warm blue.
A trend dominating this season is country heritage: a modern spin on autumnal colours such as moss green and soft blues with accents of grey combined with tartan print. With a nod to the gentleman’s country-club, or luxurious woodland lodge – tartan print is very contemporary, and great for settling in with a good book. To add a quirky edge to the heritage style, vintage florals are still a core theme and when teamed with bright colours and traditional woodland animal motifs – will create effortless rural luxe.
An emerging style for this season is ombre - from hair and nails to home interiors. The word ‘ombre’ literally means ‘shaded’ in French and refers to a graduation in colour from light to dark. It’s extremely current, and we’re seeing it everywhere – in room-transforming curtains, rugs, art and furnishing – it’s whimsical, creative and simply gorgeous.
Colour isn’t the only thing to change with the seasons and you’ll need to match your end of year style with suitable materials and fabrics. Autumnal weather often results in a sudden drop in temperature but you can combat this with thick, comfy curtains and furnishings that incorporate tartan throws or cushions.
Choose materials which are well made and luxurious for something that feels as good as it looks and remember to pay close attention to the fit when making your decision. You’ll want curtains that hang to an appropriate length so measure carefully before buying. With cushions, throws, blankets or other furnishings consider the size of the item you intend to dress and ask yourself whether you want a snug fit or something with a little more give.
If you don’t want to invest in really heavy materials then why not use layering instead? This is a great design trick and one which seems purpose built for this season. Add thicker dressings to your existing set up for an easy-to-complete redecoration that allows you to adjust comfort levels at will.
This applies to all areas of the home so consider luxury duvet covers for the bedroom. Silk is a really luxurious material and if you opt for a quilted design then you’ll match comfort with style perfectly.
October 1st 2013