Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jewel-Like Tints of Autumn; Interiors Expert Jane Rutherford Shares Her Ideas for Autumnal Looks

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jewel-Like Tints of Autumn; Interiors Expert Jane Rutherford Shares Her Ideas for Autumnal Looks

Article excerpt

THE nights are drawing in, there's a chill in the air and the crunch of leaves on the ground. Autumn and winter are my favourite times of the year, apart from early spring and possibly swallows in summer.

This is the time of year when we all spend more time indoors and when your home can look its best. This is easy to achieve.

To me, this time of year conjures up roaring fires, candles, casseroles and lots of colourful additions to your home.

This doesn't have to be difficult - just follow my simple rules.

Clear out any additions you may have made to your home in early spring like cushions, flowers or accessories in summer colours and treat yourself to new ones in brighter, deeper shades.

Always add in texture in new soft furnishings - chunky-knit cushion covers, brushed wool and deep silks.

Add in new folk-style or a bit of New England - two styles that are bang on trend.

Folk style is high on the hot list for interiors at the moment. To get the look, introduce quirky accessories, woven textures, colours and a crafty edge.

Creating a New England style is very easy. Think shabby-chic - white painted walls and simple, unfussy furniture that will never date. The simplest of New England interior style begins with white painted walls, and white-painted woodwork, rugs over floorboards and then add in white furniture to bring the look together. Colours that work well at this time of year are creams, reds, terracottas and browns.

Next, why not introduce a throw to your room? There are so many available. If you want a really luxurious look, use a fur over your sofa and snuggle up on crispy nights. Of course, it must not be real fur - that definitely looks better on the animal. There are many fakes that really look the part.

Chunky-knit throws also look really good or you could even use an old bedspread.

Candles are an essential part of the autumn/winter look as they create a fabulous ambience on cold, dark nights and create a cosy atmosphere.

They always look better au naturale in cream or white and straight-sided is much better than tapered. …

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