WIN­TER WARM­ERS FOR THE HOME

Maria Fitz­patrick rounds up the top 20 in­te­ri­ors trends that will take the chill off the sea­son

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gar­den­trad­ing.co.uk) or if you’re seek­ing that ever-elu­sive at­trac­tive fire­guard, go to Oka for Nicky Haslam’s “French Quar­ter” de­sign (aged me­tal with a verdi­gris fin­ish, £150, okadi­rect.com). With all this soft­ness, it’s a good idea to in­cor­po­rate some tex­tured ma­te­ri­als to in­ter­est the eye. Loaf’s weath­ered birch rocker (£345, main image) has a hand­wo­ven rat­tan seat and back­rest, and looks great by the fire (loaf.com, as be­fore). Or try a tof­fee­coloured “Leona” rat­tan light­shade which pops against win­ter white (£25, sains­burys.co.uk; 0800 636262). It’s dif­fi­cult to move for bad­gers, owls, and hedge­hogs at the mo­ment. An­i­mal il­lus­tra­tions aside, keep your eyes open for un­der­stated na­ture- in­spired pieces such as the glass John De­rian tree clock, £245, and ce­ramic bird bot­tle stop, £6.95 from Lib­erty (lib­erty.co.uk; 020 7734 1234) and feather lamp­shades, £140, from them­intlist.com. The trend segues nicely into a theme for Christ­mas, with pine cones, berries and wooden bird dec­o­ra­tions (see house­of­fraser. co.uk for inspiration). De­mand for screens is in­creas­ing, as they al­low visual sep­a­ra­tion of open-plan rooms. Dec­o­rate Now has a can­vas “bam­boo” de­sign, stone­coloured leaf on black (£85) or a “lu­nar me­tal” pais­ley cut-out di­vider (£150, dec­o­ratenow. co.uk; 01323 436180). There’s a “home­spun aes­thetic with a Nordic in­flu­ence,” at Sains­bury’s; white and berry-red block prints and pa­per­cut de­signs dom­i­nate (sains­burys. co.uk). The mood is also prom­i­nent at Habi­tat, in tie-dyes and ikat weaves (habi­tat. co.uk). We like Made­line Wein­rib’s block print nap­kins, £90/ six (made­line wein­rib.com). You’ll need a desk that be­fits those sea­sonal scrib­blings. To mark Lon­don Un­der­ground’s 150th an­niver­sary this year, Fired Earth used moulds from the ar­chives to re­pro­duce its his­toric wall and floor tiles. Some or­nate (Ed­war­dian), oth­ers retro, they make a dis­tinc­tive fea­ture in a met­ro­pol­i­tan home (from £2.95, firedearth.com). Printed, knit­ted, wo­ven or glazed – this year cus­tomers want a “clear sense of the hand of the maker,” says Polly Dick­ens, cre­ative di­rec­tor of Habi­tat, so that they feel con­nected to the crafts­man. Look out for Por­tuguese ce­ram­ics and In­dian weav­ings in stores. Whether ori­en­tal (at Okadi­rect.com), Scan­di­na­vian (at john­lewis.com) or English (at lib­erty.co.uk), there’s a sense of yearn­ing for calm and pu­rity. It doesn’t mean plain: a new Lib­erty fab­ric and wall­pa­per range, in­spired by Wil­liam Nes­field, the land­scape artist, in­vokes the seren­ity of the English coun­try gar­den in warm hues (from £59/roll, £75 per me­tre; lib­erty.co.uk).

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