Jon Piling, Design Director of Abode Interior Design, speaks about the latest autumnal trends in show homes across the latest Miller Homes’ development in the North West
Autumn has well and truly arrived and along with the colder weather it brings with it a great opportunity to update the décor and feel of a home ready for the seasons ahead. For those looking for a little inspiration, Jon Pilling, Design Director of Abode Interior Design, who helps create the show homes on some of Miller Homes’ developments in North West, shares his thoughts on how you can bring your interiors to life this autumn.
It may be a little grey outside but bringing grey indoors can provide the perfect base for walls, floors, curtains, and linens. This new ‘neutral’ palette of charcoal, warm greys and stone are on trend this autumn as the colour scheme works really well with both traditional and contemporary schemes. However, if you’re looking to surprise the eye with a little colour, flashes of navy through lampshades, cushions and vases will be popular throughout the season.
Use Natural Materials
Using natural materials will prove popular themes throughout autumn, with its unfussy and utilitarian style that emphasises the natural beauty of materials, particularly wood. Adding a simple chair can add an authentic and grounded feel to any room.
Feature chairs are often an understated piece of décor, however, they’re set to be this season’s new love seat and can add style and comfort to a number of rooms. The beauty of using a feature chair is their versatility, as they can help add function to a small or odd-shaped nook, as well style.
Other popular features include the clever use of mirrors to bounce light around a room to create a feeling of openness and to help add depth to a room. The mirrors themselves can also make a real feature in a room.
“We take pride in all of our homes and work with designers to provide house hunters with truly inspirational homes. All of our homes are built to the highest specification, while our designers ensure our show homes reflect the very latest trends and styles to excite and entice home hunters.”
Samantha Johnson, Sales Director of Miller Homes in the North West, comments; “We take pride in all of our homes and work with designers to provide house hunters with truly inspirational homes. All of our homes are built to the highest specification, while our designers ensure our show homes reflect the very latest trends and styles to excite and entice home hunters.”
Miller Homes has a selection of show homes across the North West, that are designed to inspire house hunters.
If owning a home that oozes natural light, is a must-have for you, then new build homes are perfect as they are designed to create as much natural light as possible. You’ll also save energy by turning on your lights less during daylight hours. Refurbished or old homes didn’t necessarily take natural light into account during the design process or have the same insulation levels of today’s homes.
“Lighting is making a huge appearance in the home this season, it can really change the ambience of a room. Whether it’s by opting for more low-level lighting in the form of industrial style lamps or hanging copper string lights above your headboard to add some impact to the bedroom,” says Jon.
If you don’t have a big budget, but want to make some changes to your current set-up, switching-up some soft furnishings can take your home from cold to cosy in the blink of an eye.
“The difference you can make with soft furnishings and accessories is quite substantial, especially during autumn/winter seasons. It’s amazing what a few cushions and accessories with accent colours can do to a room.”
Jon explains “The difference you can make with soft furnishings and accessories is quite substantial, especially during autumn/winter seasons. It’s amazing what a few cushions and accessories with accent colours can do to a room.”
Candles are an affordable accessory and a great way to add a sense of autumnal lighting (try beeswax or soy candles, to be kinder to the environment) and fragrance to your home. Seasonal scents include deep woody tones, ginger, pumpkin spice and winter berries – they also work well to add splashes of colour and warmth to a room.
As autumn brings a cooler temperature, add a cosy rug to your living room or master bedroom for a little extra warmth between the toes, is always a wise decision.
“Throws and cushions are another great way of adding, warmth, depth and texture to a room without making any drastic changes or investments – large, chunky, knit cushions and throws in shades of grey and winter white are making a huge appearance this season.” Says Jon.
Winter comes hand-in-hand with entertaining friends and family indoors with dinner parties and movie nights.
Fresh flowers are always a great addition to a home year-round. Blooms that are currently in season include roses, chrysanthemums, lilies and orchids. As we enter the festive season, festive lights will also become a staple in your home, but you can opt for a subtler approach with delicate metallic string lights to add a touch of sparkle to any dinner party.
Jon has provided us with a few other touches you can add, to make your home the talk of the party:
“To complete the look of your room, keep things simple. Buy your accessories mostly in the same colour and tones as the key pieces of furniture in the room, then add interest with your feature colour like metallic.”
“To complete the look of your room, keep things simple. Buy your accessories mostly in the same colour and tones as the key pieces of furniture in the room, then add interest with your feature colour like metallic. For a timeless look feature colours should be used sparingly and subtly. Finally, add greenery/plants to make the room feel fresh and homely.
Always remember to add a bit of drama or humour to your room with artwork. The perfect picture, beautifully framed will bring the whole look together.”
Whether you are designing your show home, upgrading your home or simply making your furnishings a touch cosier for the winter seasons, our top tips are simple, but effective enough to make an impact. When coupled with textured, soft furnishings your property is sure to be on-trend, warmer and more inviting, come the party season.
Of course, the best thing about this time of year is being surrounded by friends and family to enjoy your new interior décor.