Wel­come a touch of au­tumn with these new ideas for liv­ing rooms

Red - - Contents - Words JAMES CUN­NING­HAM


Pat­terned wall­pa­per is of­ten rel­e­gated to smaller spa­ces (re­mem­ber the state­ment down­stairs loo?) but it works well in liv­ing rooms, too, as bright flo­ral de­signs set a wel­com­ing tone. Choose large-scale prints, which feel more mod­ern than chintzy, fussy styles. This sten­cil-like wall­pa­per from Far­row & Ball (far left) com­bines an of-the-mo­ment teal base with flow­ers painted in more sub­dued hues – see the new col­lec­tions at Sand­berg and Lit­tle Greene for sim­i­lar de­signs. Go for fur­ni­ture in plain colours that won’t crowd the room or dis­tract from the wall­pa­per, and choose up­hol­stery and ac­ces­sories in com­ple­men­tary shades. Pick out a tone from your wall­pa­per and use that as an ac­cent in the room.


Warm shades, such as burnt or­ange, are ideal for cre­at­ing a re­treat at home (try Fired Earth and Ed­ward Bul­mer for sim­i­larly co­coon­ing paint pal­ettes). Darker pig­ments en­hance the char­ac­ter of fur­ni­ture made from leather and wood, and lend them­selves well to spa­ces where there’s a mix of ma­te­ri­als. In­vest in lux­u­ri­ous nat­u­ral tex­tiles like wool, mo­hair and cash­mere, which feel snug and im­prove with age. Try The White Com­pany for cush­ions, Oka for throws and Ice­landic brand The Or­ganic Sheep for rugs.

Hege­mone wall­pa­per, £99 a 10m roll, Far­row & Ball

Cush­ion, £55, Clarissa Hulse Cof­fee ta­ble, £199, made.com Pen­dant, £219, Ar­ti­santi Faux fern, £59, Marks & Spencer Cush­ion, £65, Habi­tat

Trunk ta­ble, £419, Modish Liv­ing Side ta­ble, £109, Swoon Edi­tions Sofa, £1,195 as shown, Loaf

Por­trait, £75, The Shop Floor Project Arm­chair, £399, Atkin and Thyme

Rug, £180, Habi­tat

Mir­ror, £635, Sweet­pea & Wil­low

Cush­ion, £125, Oka

Provence chalk paint, £19.95 for 1L, An­nie Sloan

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