Textures, colours and material trends for Autumn

Autumn Trends 2018

Darren Palmer has a broad portfolio, having studied fine art & graphic design, originally working in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his own interior design studio and has been a judge on numerous seasons of The Block.

We all like to think we’re on trend, whether this is the case or not, 2018 trends for autumn are predicted to be a perfect fit for you and your home.

There are numerous forecasts for the year, but the ones that jump out as being particularly suitable for autumn living are reallyeasy to understand and implement in your own home.

Moody florals

Overscaled floral prints have made their way from 2017 into 2018, the large or macro scale, being a great addition to any room. From wall coverings to artwork and now printed fabrics too, overscaled florals are just the ticket for a lush and vibrant interior look. Look at cushions and bed covers in overscaled, dramatic florals to be right on trend in 2018.

For an autumnal twist, rather than looking for light and bright colours, or traditional muted patterns, look at moodily lit, photorealistic flowers on dark backgrounds such as charcoal, black and midnight blue. The deep, rich tones create a sultry mood that will make the perfect statement for your autumn styling refresh.

Soft & Comfortable

It’s obvious that you need a layer of warmth in the cooler months. What you might not be expecting is how cosy and comfortable some of the innovations in soft furnishings have become. Quilting makes its mark this season with innovation through pattern and form. Not limited to the squares and diamonds of days past, computer aided design has allowed for the creation of ever more complex arcs, helix and geometric patterns. The plush softness is still there, but with a contemporary edge accentuated in the rise and fall of the quilted fabric.

A handmade feeling is also being newly executed in mass produced products, with fringing, fraying, tufting and even the feeling or process of macramé working its way into soft furnishings this autumn. Cushions, bedcovers and rugs can all be created with this rustic, relaxed and artisan look, giving your home a wonderful informality, friendliness and homeliness. 

Gritty Matt Metallics

You needn’t look too far to see this trend development of all types of metallic finishes. Whilst metallic is a perennial favourite, it’s moving away from brash and polished, toward a feeling of tactility and prior use, through the process of brushing with abrasives to create a gritty and corroded look.

Kitchen handles, door handles, accessories and homewares will soon enjoy this change in finish - across all colours and metal types - the benefit being metals still have the appeal of a natural and hardwearing finish, but with a softness that comes with a little roughening up.

Autumn Trends in Flooring 2018

Get the Carpet Court Look

1. Balmaine Oak Builders Line in Baltimore

2. Hyam Rug in Blush

3. Darren Palmer - Correa Cushion

4. Matt Mettallics

5. Ted Baker - Botanical Floral Range