Thames Twist carpet in Damson, £9.99 per m², Carpetright
Add warmth and character with berry shades
From deep red and plum through to rich blackberry tones, the berry colour trend is hot for autumn. Create a cosy feel with an all-over room scheme, or introduce accessories in a palette that works well from the kitchen to hallway.
Image above: Create an on-trend scheme by combining a rich, damson shade carpet with modular sofas in neutral shades.
Try this easy stencil idea in a large hallway with block colours on multiple walls, using different berry shades to create a contemporary look. You’ll need three or four contrasting, but complementary, colours – one dark, one mid-tone and one or two lighter accent shades. Use masking tape to work out your design, then start from the bottom with the darkest shade.
Left wall painted in Opening Season matt emulsion, £19.49 for 2.5ltrs; bottom wall painted in Lola Plum kitchen & bathroom matt emulsion, £25.49 for 2.5ltrs; top painted in Cover Story matt emulsion, £19.49 for 2.5ltrs; lines painted in Periwinkle kitchen & bathroom matt emulsion, £25.49 for 2.5ltrs, all Crown Paints
High gloss tiling
Work the look in your kitchen or bathroom with stylish Metro ceramic wall tiles in plum. Go the modern route by using contrasting coloured grouting, such as grey or taupe, so that the
tile shape really stands out.
Metro Plum ceramic wall tiles, W10xL20cm, £16 per m², Tile Mountain
Isn’t this a great change from the usual neutral-colour fitted bedroom? It instantly creates a warm space. High-gloss finishes will reflect light so the colour isn’t too dark and overwhelming. Choose sleek door furniture for a streamlined, modern finish.
Cosmopolitan fitted bedroom in Burgundy Gloss with Highland Oak frame, from £2,000, including design, manufacture, delivery and installation, Sharps
Deep shades of plum are really warm and inviting so work well in the bedroom, especially with bedlinen. For an easy colour update, pair with cushions and throws, contrasting different textures and shades of plum, before layering them with charcoal greys and silver for a rich, sumptuous look.
Safia king-size duvet cover, £65; standard pillowcases, £25 per pair; Safia throw, W100xL200cm, £90; diamante round cushion, Dia.35cm, £25; black glass glitter fleck table lamp, H59xDia.31cm, £80, all Star by Julien Macdonald at Debenhams
Traditional berry shades get a modern makeover when used on contemporary-style sofas and chairs. Keep the look clean by avoiding fussy cushions to allow the sofa shape to shine through, and match metal or shiny wood sofa legs with other furniture of the same material.
59th Street two-seat sofa in Gainsborough Mulberry, H67xW170xD81cm, £1,335; Matador armchair in Sutton Pink, H98xW95xD89cm, all Content by Terence Conran
- Merton Sunflower linen union fabric in Imperial Blue, £75 per m, Liberty Art Fabrics – Interiors, Liberty
- Money Animals printed cotton cushion in purple, with duck feather pad, £65, Porcupine Rocks
- Aletta dining chair with purple velvet upholstery, H93xW48xD54cm, £340, Not on the High Street
- Hornington medium sofa in Allurepurple velvet, H107xW217xD110cm, £3,849, Spink & Edgar
Make a statement with peacock colours
Whether choosing bold prints or solid colour, deep royal blue, rich turquoise, emerald and blue-greens will look fantastic teamed with metallic accessories.
For a completely modern take on this palette, go all-over from floor to ceiling. Add white sofas and designer-style lighting and furniture to create a striking theme that’s reminiscent of the bold designs of 1930s Hollywood.
Amberley Twist carpet in Turquoise, £7.99 per m², Carpetright
If you opt to paint your walls in a strong colour, then offset them with pale floors and a neutral ceiling so the overall effect won’t look too overwhelming – a particularly good idea if used in a small room or one without lots of natural light.
Walls painted in Creek matt emulsion, £49.95 for 5ltrs, Lakeland Paints
Mix it up
Forget the old adage that blue and green should never be seen. Combine plain shades and patterns of both colours for a truly striking scheme.
Sunara blind in Hotan, from £580 including fabric for H150x W100cm, QMotion
Peacock colours don’t have to be dark. Mixed with white and pale grey, they can create a wonderful light and airy feel in any room.
Jade Temple wallpaper, £248 per roll; Aurelia Delft rectangular blue cushion, £65; Sienna Marine linen throw, W140xL165cm, £185, all Designers Guild
Choose two complementary shades from this palette to create different zones in an open living space. Enhance the look with dark wood flooring and accessories.
Left wall painted in Tropical Ocean silk emulsion, £19.49 for 2.5ltrs; wall with doorway painted in Genuine fashion for walls emulsion, £23.99 for 2.5ltrs, all Crown Paints
Gold looks beautiful when teamed with dark blue. Create extra wow factor with a wall covering that combines the two.
Marrakech Palm wallpaper in Midnight Blue, £78 per roll, Luku Home
- Hand screen-printed Malachite wallpaper in Green, £300 per roll, Jonathan Adler
- Deep Turquoise ceramic tile, W10.5xL10.5cm or W13xL13cm, £129.95 per m², The Winchester Tile Company
- Jonathan Charles shagreen and brass coffee table with two drawers, H49xW127xD72cm, £2,806, Sweetpea & Willow
- Conda wool rug in Petrol Blue, W170x L240cm, £869, Bo Concept