There’s nothing better than coming home to a warm, inviting haven when the temperatures begin to drop. This autumn, there’s a definite leaning towards indulgence mixed with cosiness, with rich velvets, soft faux furs and silk textiles adding a touch of luxury. It’s a great idea to contrast different textures by using mix-matched cushions, throws and rugs.
Susie Watson, founder of Cambridge-based Susie Watson Designs (01223 367527), which specialises in handmade products for the home, gives her advice:
“Creating a cosy haven in your home is all about mixing colour and texture, and can be achieved without spending a fortune. Combine warm tones of red, burnt orange and even hot pink into your scheme, in soft silks, velvets and wools, to create a warm, homely feel. If you invest in one thing a Shetland wool throw in beautiful colours is the perfect instant update to a favourite sofa or chair.”
Primary-coloured sofas and chairs, like those available at Italian-furnishing brand Arper (020 7253 0009) and makers of bespoke English furniture I & JL Brown (020 7736 4141), will give a pop of colour to a room, not to mention some cheer on gloomy days. Mix in a classic piece of furniture by an iconic design brand for instant fashion brownie points. British furniture brand Ercol (01844 271 800) was launched in 1920 and its pieces are still widely coveted today.
Creative director Rachel Galbraith gives her view on what is currently in vogue:
“Today’s home environment is a collection of beautifully crafted, considered pieces, that inspire your individual heritage and aesthetic. This season’s trend draws on visual style notes from past classics through a contemporary interpretation. Rocca with its deep buttoning and sumptuous fabric selection embodies the opulence and heritage of past eras. Meanwhile Aluetta’s graceful arms and crafted natural oak legs that are highlighted with a statement chair draw on a contemporary aesthetic for today’s lifestyle.”
Ian White, owner of Cambridge-based Shaw Spencer Furniture Warehouse (01638 744201), also adds: “One of the most important factors in choosing furniture for a home is not only practical considerations but also making sure a piece adds some personality to your room. We all want a cosy haven to retreat to at the end of the day. We offer characterful dressers and inviting sleigh beds that are ideal for achieving this.”
Read more in September’s Cambridge Edition, available to pick up now, for free.