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