Overhaul your interiors with our autumn style guide
From candy-striped armchairs to Costa-Rican coffee tables
Saying goodbye to summer doesn’t need to be all doom and gloom. As we transition into the season of crunchy leaves and cardamom candles, there’s no better time to refresh your home and bring the outside in. Varying from farmhouse charm to a touch of New England, let us inspire your next DIY escapade with our autumn interior guide.
1. Create a local lookbook
Sustainable shopping is swiftly becoming an important part of daily life. This year’s trend of using natural materials has eclipsed the home décor industry, as distressed woods, rattan and wicker populate many of our interior mood boards.
Focused on bringing the coastline indoors, Treasure House in Polzeath keeps natural materials at its core. With a feature wall fashioned from the floorboards of a Newquay dancefloor, a Cornish Delabole slate roof and olive trees planted in sleepers from Perranporth Beach, every detail has been meticulously considered to support the local area.
One of the most special parts of the design is the muted seaside colour palette. Collecting Cornish slate and rock on a family beach-combing trip to Polzeath soon inspired the soft shades of blue, green and purple throughout the home.
Our style tip: take inspiration from the great outdoors.
2. A pop of pumpkin spice
Deciding on a new colour scheme is often the trickiest part of mixing up our interiors. This autumn, why not try seasonal-appropriate shades of pumpkin orange and purple wine. Contrasting one another nicely, these hues pair perfectly with neutrals.
Nestled in the heart of North Cornwall’s encircling woodland, Cardinham Barns is a cosy sanctuary. With wine coloured sofas in Callywith, cherry red headboards in Mill Barn and pumpkin accents throughout The Snug, each of the three barns exude autumnal character.
Sloped under white wooden beams, Mill Barn’s ground floor living area is the height of countryside charm. Surrounded by pops of red, purple and blue, the log and exposed brick feature wall is the pinnacle of rural bliss.
Our style tip: enhance natural features with splashes of colour.
3. Out with the old and in with the New England
If you’re looking to refine your interiors with something timeless, nothing ticks the boxes quite like New England style. Keeping plush furniture, panelling and seaside tones at its heart, this classic form of styling will always be a crowd-pleaser.
From its pastel lemon exterior to the traditional New England interiors within, The Yellow Cottage reflects its coastal surroundings with a duck egg blue TV room, candy-striped armchairs in the lounge and tongue-and-groove panelling throughout.
Ticking off 2020’s preference for warm nudes rather than cool, this home is designed around a love for natural light. The living space features French doors and an open mezzanine level, complete with high vaulted ceilings and sky lighted windows.
Our style tip: flood your space with light wherever possible.
4. Inspiration from across the ocean
This year, global influence runs strong. Over the past few months, interiors have served as the perfect creative outlet for culture-seekers, enabling a chance to recreate fond experiences within the home. Whether your Pinterest board favours Moroccan tiling or Japanese minimalism, take inspiration from your favourite holiday destinations.
Illustrative of this spirit, Gwel an Treth sources material from all over the globe. From the American oak staircase to the Spanish cedar table on the patio, the home is filled with hidden favourites that are inspired by one-of-a-kind trips and experiences.
The pièce de résistance, however, is the dining and coffee table on the first floor, both created from the national Guanacaste tree of Costa Rica. A talking piece in itself, these trees can only be used as furniture if they’ve fallen through natural causes.
Our style tip: use textures to tell a story.
5. Breathe life into your farmhouse fantasy
The rustic farmhouse aesthetic is still a go-to for designers in 2020, with a mood board of natural woods, lots of texture and earthy colours. As many of us look to reclaimed materials and repurposed pieces, it’s safe to say that vintage will always be in.
From the retro sage green cabinetry in the kitchen to the chocolate and fuchsia master bedroom, Willow’s Rest warmly welcomes its countryside personality. Featuring mixed metals and black accessories, the kitchen strikes the perfect balance between timeless and on-trend.
Expect original wooden beamed ceilings, exposed brickwork and mottled slate as you walk through Willow’s Rest. Perfect for autumn evenings, it’s aptly accessorised with sheepskin throws, candelabras and plump cushions.
Our style tip: don’t be afraid to mix and match your favourite trends.
If you’d like to experience autumn in the South West, each of the homes featured in this post are available for short breaks and week stays throughout September, October and November. Browse all properties here.