15 Inspiring Autumn Ideas


1. The Colour: RED ALERT

Red is the most important colour in fashion right now; it’s unapologetic yet classic, assertive yet romantic. If you dare, wear it head to toe. Dip a proverbial toe into the red trend at home with a few well-chosen accessories; it’s one way of turning up the temperature this autumn.


Lush foraged foliage is taking centre stage for autumn. “Garden greenery comes in so many beautiful shades, shapes and textures: there is a lot of room for creativity,” says Mark Grehan of The Garden in the Powerscourt Centre, Dublin 2. “Combine elements from the garden in a relaxed, disordered manner. Look for hypericum, stipas and panicum as well as carex grasses and echinacea seed heads,” he advises. Play with scale if you want to make a statement by adding seed pods, flowering asparagus, forsythia whips, sweeping broom, wild raspberry branches and otherworldly blooms.


Brass and other hardy metals are being coaxed by furniture designers and decorators into elegant curves for a subtle, softer look. Curved lines can make a space feel more intimate and balanced without harsh edges. You can place a curved sofa almost anywhere in a
room. Curved cornicing makes an otherwise boring, boxy room interesting and graceful.

4. The Trend: AN ECHO OF DECO 

A new opulence pervades interiors for autumn. Combining elegance and glamour, Art Deco is definitely having a moment, noted in the use of curved shapes, coloured marble, plush velvets and the era’s signature palette of black, white and gold. Niall Mullen is passionate about the style and has been specialising in antiques of that era for more than 15 years at his store in Francis Street, Dublin 8. He says, “The Art Deco era began in 1925 and lasted until 1939, and in my opinion there hasn’t been a significant style since that time. Eileen Gray’s “Dragon Chair”, (sold for 24m), is one of the most significant pieces of the movement which began in France and was a reaction to the organic and symmetrical German Art Nouveau movement.” Mullen explains the use of chrome, shagreen leather and exotic woods, such as macassar ebony, defines furniture from that period, while key items are standalone coffee tables, intricate cocktail cabinets and decorative sculptures. Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann sculptures and Erté’s illustrations epitomise the art of the era, which is infused with frivolity and modernism.


Add a dash of vigour to a room with geometric prints. Versatile and surprisingly easy on the eye, geometric-patterned wallpaper will add a contemporary twist, while injecting some pattern into an otherwise neutral space.

6. The Trend: SUNKEN ROOMS

You may think the golden era of the sunken room is long gone. It’s back. Today’s version, above, works for those who like open-plan living.


When plaid featured in Victoria Beckham’s AW17 collection, we knew a fresh interest in the  most traditional of fabrics, used in a modern way, was not far behind. How to choose? Start with the plaid with Irish names … we love Ralph Lauren’s Wexford and Colefax & Fowler’s Dunmore …

8. The Trend: LOW LIGHTS 

Designers are (finally) dropping their standards and hanging chandeliers  and pendant light fittings low over dining tables, to almost graze the centrepiece. So conducive to a good gossip.

9. The Trend: RUS IN URBE

Chill modernism not your thing? You’ll be pleased that a trend for country-style interiors is on the up, as an antidote to (expensively curated) austerity. Perennial must-haves, of course,  include an Aga, a reclaimed wooden floor and farmhouse table but this time around, traditional elements are cut with modern pieces and slick kitchen materials for a look that’s comfortable and family-friendly, with no compromise on functionality. Be inspired by City Farmhouse Style by Kim Leggett (Abrams, 25.99).

10. The Trend: FASHION HOMES

Straight from the runway, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi’s new homewares collection features chintzy floral prints from their clothing line. The collection includes quilted silk cushions and eiderdowns (the couple’s Suffolk cottage is filled with vintage feather-filled eiderdowns). Expanding the range is a work in progress but the home collection will be updated with new prints from the catwalk each season. Meanwhile, our forward-thinking American friends at Paperless Post have teamed up with fashion designer Mary Katrantzou to produce a capsule collection of 15 psychedelic party invitations. London-based Katrantzou’s eye for pattern makes her a natural fit for the brand whose invitations push the envelope. Also blurring the lines between fashion and interiors is the Issey Miyake X Iittala collection and Carolyn Donnelly’s Eclectic range for Dunnes Stores.

11. The Trend: AU NATUREL

Adding natural materials (and texture) to an interior makes a room more inviting. Think of layering leather with bamboo, rattan with timber and so on. Drawing on this trend, Red’s rattan sofa, was resurrected from a vintage design into a piece that is modern and chic.

12. The Trend: DINING FUN

There is something cool about mix and match tableware – no rules about what goes with what, and no such thing as a matching set. Unique glasses, fun patterned napkins and tablecloth will make any table pop. Try to not take it all too seriously.


The most popular setting for a marble wall is either a kitchen or a bathroom. But marble-clad walls in halls and living rooms are on the rise. You’ll find the best selection of the finest stone at Miller Brothers, Rathnew, Co Wicklow. Marble wallpaper is taking over Pinterest and Instagram as the latest wall trend. A budget-friendly reliable alternative to the real thing, it’s less of a commitment, but still gives you that luxurious feel. Just a few streaks of subdued amber, grey or pink creates a statement, without being overwhelming.


Nothing transforms a room like a new coat of paint. Who doesn’t love tried-and-tested classic grey? But there’s a change in the air: camel tones are big again. It seems that the pros in the know are choosing hues of camel, bone, and creamy neutrals, all with a matte finish to keep it modern. Fleetwood Paints’ curated Vogue collection has a great selection of neutral shades. We particularly love their chalky camel tones. Transform your space with the stroke of a brush.

15. The Trend: ASIAN FUSION

Roche Bobois’s iconic modular Mah Jong sofa has had a fashionable update. Japanese designer Kenz Takada, founder of much-loved colourful fashion house Kenzo, has collaborated with French furniture company Roche Bobois on a new sofa and accessory collection. Embracing his Japanese roots, the famed designer has re-interpreted ancient kimono prints and Noh theatre costumes in three harmonious colour schemes with the three different times of the day in mind: ASA (morning), HIRU (midday), and YORU (evening). The collection includes the signature sofa along with a mix of cushions, vases, ceramic stools and rugs. According to Takada, “Noh kimonos are very graphic and are made out of jacquard heavier than classic kimonos.” To order at  Roche Bobois, Beacon South Quarter, Dublin 18.

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