Home Trends Straight from the Catwalk ; A Cooler Climate Heralds a Warmer Influence in Our Homes. EMMA McKINNEY Reports

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Home Trends Straight from the Catwalk ; A Cooler Climate Heralds a Warmer Influence in Our Homes. EMMA McKINNEY Reports


THE trends for this autumn and winter that were seen during London Fashion Week earlier this year are now arriving in high street stores across the country.

But the looks on the catwalks don't just influence what we wear, they influence our homes too, according to top interior designers.

Claire Johnson, marketing manager of Birmingham city centre's Pavilions shopping mall, said: "Interiors emulate fashion through colours, textures and prints, this means it's not only our wardrobe that can be bang on trend."

Josephine Bennett, spokeswoman for Laura Ashley at the Pavilions, added: "There has been a huge shift over the last few years with people taking more of an interest in interiors and the key looks each season for their homes.

"Being able to update a room with a few key accessories transforms a space just like it would an outfit.

"Our collections for this season at Laura Ashley take various influences from the catwalks."

PURPLE Synonymous with luxury and wealth, purple is the perfect colour to introduce in to your home. From cool lilacs to deep grapes, add a pinch of purple to your soft furnishings or go all out by using on walls and floors. Try Marks & Spencer's tumbler, Pounds 22.50; Laura Ashley's Elsham chunky knit blanket, Pounds 120; or Marks & Spencer's Kensington tealight, Pounds 15 for three.

LAYERING Either take this trend literally and cover beds and sofas with lots of throws and cushions or think of it in terms of colours; choose a key colour and layer with different shades. Try Marks & Spencer's rainbow stripe throw, Pounds 39.50.

HERITAGE Revisit country classics and bring a touch of British heritage into your home with tartans, tweeds and ginghams which all make a welcome return for autumn and winter 2012. Try Marks & Spencer's Whitley love seat, Pounds 699, its Radlett chair, also Pounds 699.

COBALT Another must have colour of the season, this beautiful bright blue is a great stand out shade and will brighten up any space in your home. Try Maughn chair, Pounds 799, from Marks & Spencer.

WINTER BLOOMS Why just think of florals for spring and summer? …

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