Bringing autumn home


    Enjoy some warming tips as the nights close in…

    Follow the trend for full-on luxe, or its more informal cousin shabby chic, and conjure up an elegant, understated neutral palette, including pale grey, embellished with decorative details from vases to mirrors.

    “Our palatial look takes inspiration from an elegant French townhouse style, with a soft color palette emphasising the clean look,” says Sainsbury’s Print Designer Joanna Branson.

    “We’ve featured greys and dusky pinks and, to give it a modern twist, added touches of glass, or a delicate linear floral print for a vintage look.”

    Sensual textures will ramp up the comfort, so add fur rugs, velvets and silks, and bring sparkle with vintage mirrors, candlesticks and hurricane lamps. House of Fraser’s Casa Couture collection has pieces made for this.

    The glamorous palatial collection from by Sainsbury’s features many of the decadent touches needed for this style. They are available in its stores over the next few months. Debenhams’ silver and grey Embroidered Deco Cushion, £35, available in October, is another stylish buy. (

    Designers continue to be inspired by the great outdoors, and there’s a choice of interpretations this season – woodland or the exotic jungle look.

    “We’ve chosen a look, Enchanted Forest, which conjures both a dark and mysterious forest with deep green tones as well as a magical woodland with fanciful creatures,” says Julie Varma, Senior Design and Buying Director for George Home.

    “Nature’s still ruling in interiors, ranging from botanical prints and countryside charm, through to more of a walk on the wild side with leopard prints and a safari focus.”


    If a pastoral scene – quirky or otherwise – is too tame, prowl through a selection of wild animal designs and print wallpaper at House of Hackney. Their Wild Card Butterscotch (leopard print) wallpaper, £85 a roll, is striking ( Graham & Green’s rug range includes a Black and White Cow Skin Rug, £265 (

    George Home avoids cute and captures chic with its Enchanted Hybrid collection, including a Hybrid Animals Duvet Set, from £13 (