As the summer slowly ebbs away, our thoughts turn to the forthcoming autumn/winter season and how we will be preparing our homes for the final few months of the year. The darker, duller, wetter weather can leave us with a heavy heart, but when it comes to our homes there is always something to get excited about.

A new season means new trends and here I am rounding up my pick of five key trends that will give your bedroom a boost this winter.

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Heart Wood has been announced as Dulux Colour of the Year for 2018

       

1. Heart Wood

Mid-September sees Dulux announce its highly anticipated Colour of the Year and for 2018 they have gone for Heart Wood, a warm neutral, with a hint of heather. It is best described as somewhere between a smoky taupe and dusky mauve. It was selected as the colour that best reflects the world and cultural climate as we move into 2018. The current climate of unpredictability and uncertainty sees us seeking to create a welcome home that is more of a sanctuary where we can escape from the outside world. Yarah David of YMMD Design is an interior designer and member of the newly launched Interior Design Collective. She says:

“We live in uncertain times and not unusually this is being reflected in our home tastes. This autumn will see a return to the land with the announcement of the 2018 colour of the year, Heartwood, a warm and deep earthy pink. This will be complimented by hues in aubergine, teal, mustard and pale terracotta.”

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Emilie Fournet believes low-hanging pendants will replace the humble bedside lamp

       

2. Bedside lighting

For years, the established norm has been to have a small table beside the bed with a small lamp on it. But this season we will increasingly see people forgoing bedside lamps in favour of more sophisticated and visually interesting lighting solutions. Emilie Fournet, interior designer and fellow member of the Interior Design Collective says that

"lights (tastefully) incorporated into headboards, wall lights and low-hanging pendants are replacing the humble bedside lamp. People are embracing the different moods you can create by changing the bed lighting - and about time too!"

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Emilie Fournet says natural throws, sheepskins and chunky blankets are the ultimate for luxurious, cosy winter bedrooms

       

3. Luxurious comfort

As the colder months draw ever nearer, it’s time to get out all our cosy textiles that we packed away for summer. A trend that we will call luxurious comfort will see us bring a sense of indulgence and opulence to the practical side of layering up.

"Nothing says luxury more than linen bedsheets, teamed up with natural throws, sheepskins and chunky blankets, they are the ultimate for luxurious, cosy winter bedrooms,"

says Fournet. Yarah David agrees:

“Tactile natural fabrics will make a strong showing again − velvet, linen and jute − to comfort and soothe. It's all about cosiness and togetherness.”

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House of Fraser’s New Romantic Collection features deep floral blooms

       

4. Midnight Garden

Big floral patterns have been around for a while now and we have seen artistic watercolours having a bit of a moment. But this season the floral influence takes a new turn. Rather than the brightly coloured blooms we have been seeing, there will be a dark botanical scheme across textiles creating a moodier atmosphere. Flora and fauna mixed with dense, nature inspired textures and finishes in deep shades of plum and amethyst will be popular.

Sue Roberts, Director of Home Design at House of Fraser says: “Capture the mood of the season with oversized, painterly blooms and landscape silhouettes in rich, mystical hues.”

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House of Fraser’s Linea Create Collection features geometric patterns and abstract brush strokes

       

5. Colour Blocking

Colour blocking is a perennial favourite in the fashion world and this past spring the catwalk was awash with energising colours that were mixed and matched in unexpected ways. This trend has now made its way into our homes and Autumn/Winter 2017 will be all about bold textiles that bring a new rhythmic energy to the season.

Expect to see large scale geometric patterns and abstract painterly brush strokes in expressive colour combinations. This trend isn’t for the faint hearted though as it makes a really loud statement, but done right it will help to unleash your creative spirit.

 

So those are our top five trends that we predict will dominate bedrooms for the Autumn/Winter season. Which one is your favourite? Browse through our beds and shop the trends today.

 

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