Get Your Home Ahead of the Curve

Living Magazines Emma Holbrook

We take a look at the latest interior trends for 2019 to make sure your home is looking at its best

Seasons change and so do fashions – and that goes for your home, as well as your wardrobe.

Recently, people have gone crazy for retro furniture, as well as Scandi style and dark, sumptuous colours. But what’s going to be the next big thing this autumn/winter?

If you’re looking to update your home this year, here are a few ideas hot off the press that might float your boat. If you don’t want to go the whole hog, then there are ways to update your current look with some exciting modern twists.

Retro Fusion

Good news – you don’t need to chuck out your beloved 1970s sideboard or the 1920s art deco mirror you adore – because they can all work together.

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Many high street shops, such as M&S and Next, have started to sell retro-inspired furniture with soft curves and plush upholstery, which means the look is likely to continue for some time.

‘This season, 70s retro glam meets jazz in a real mix-up,’ explains Emma Holbrook (pictured above), owner and curator of Soden Style and Soden Social in Berkhamsted.

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‘Go for shades of ochre and turmeric, fused with deep green or cobalt blue, or mix terracotta and honey shades with tan leather to create a rich glow and a sweet and spicy palette.’

If you want some lovely retro furniture, try ‘Nineteen 49’ in Tring, or ‘Returned to Glory’, ‘Soden Style’ and ‘White Mint’ in Berkhamsted.

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Bejewelled riches

Forget minimalism – this season, more is more! ‘Deep, rich, plush gemstone colours and rare materials, such as coloured marble and metallic, will be big news,’ says Emma.

Another of this season’s key trends is fringing – it will be everywhere! ‘Make sure it’s over-the-top and team it with velvets, as well as glam gold mirrors,’ advises Emma.

So think less about paring back and more about embracing your inner rock god and letting it all go!

Scandi style

For those who love the simplicity of the pared-back Scandi style, you’ll be pleased to know it’s still hot – but with a twist.

Add some texture with the addition of woven materials, such as wicker, and layer wool and sheepskin with a backdrop of neutral tones. ‘Spice it up with some tribal elegance, with monochrome accessories, feather décor, and beautiful handmade rugs such as those from ‘Beni Ourai’ to add an eclectic global feel,’ suggests Emma.

Pictured: Skandicool lamps, £225, Soden Style


Lamp and mirror

It’s all about the glamour this year, with luxury materials being mixed together to create a top-quality feel.

Go for materials such as velvet, pewter and marble, as well as brass and smoked glass for that sultry feel.

Pictured: Bejewelled mirror, £200, Velvet lampshade, £60, Soden Style

Woodland retreat

For a real autumnal feel, embrace the woodland retreat trend that you’ll find in all the shops this season. Mix rich colours, including berries, bark and bramble, with chunky wool knits, such as rugs and throws, and woodland animal prints. Dried flowers will complete the look.

To get the look without having to give your room a complete overhaul, try these simple ideas:

  • gather some pine cones and put them in a bowl or clear vase on your coffee table/ sideboard
  • gather twigs and small branches and put them in a vase instead of a flower display
  • buy or find a log stump to use as a side table
  • throw a faux fur throw over your chair or sofa.

Hot colours

There are a couple of colours which are proving extremely popular this year – and they’re very different!

  1. Mustard
    It can be used on its own, or teamed with rich jewel colours to create a statement. However you choose to use it, mustard is one of the hottest colours in interiors right now. Go bold with something like the Dulux Honey Mustard shade, or tone it down with their colour of the season, Dulux Spiced Honey. It’s the perfect shade to paint a whole wall or ceiling. If you’re not feeling too brave, try a block of colour, or go for a piece of furniture or soft furnishings, such as cushions or a throw, in mustard.
  2. Rusty Rosy Pink
    This, says Emma, is another key colour this season. ‘Mixed with brass and gold or cool silver and geometric wallpaper, this is the perfect colour to achieve an art deco/geometric feel and add a warm glow to any room.’

Pictured: BDusty pink pouff, £195, and stool, £65, Soden