Transitional trends: How to keep a summer glow at home as autumn arrives

PUBLISHED: 10:14 17 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:40 18 September 2018

Keep the Summer Vibe Alive:  Salsa Maxi Sofa, £849; Salsa Accent Chair, £349; Salsa Oval Footstool, £199, DFS. Picture: DFS/PA Photo/Handout

Keep the Summer Vibe Alive: Salsa Maxi Sofa, £849; Salsa Accent Chair, £349; Salsa Oval Footstool, £199, DFS. Picture: DFS/PA Photo/Handout

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Entering autumn doesn’t have to mean going full-on winter mode at home. Gabrielle Fagan shows how you can bridge the seasonal gap in style.

Keep the Summer Vibe Alive: Salsa Accent Chair, £349, DFS. Picture: DFS/PA Photo/HandoutKeep the Summer Vibe Alive: Salsa Accent Chair, £349, DFS. Picture: DFS/PA Photo/Handout

It’s ‘transition time’ in decor as well as in wardrobes - that period where summer’s still lingering and autumn’s just starting to show its colours.

But just as we’re not quite ready to ditch all our light cotton clothes and embrace woolly coats, similarly we don’t want to rush our rooms into a full-on winter look until we have to.

Keep the Summer Vibe Alive: Embroidered Velvet Palm Tree Cushion, £46, Audenza. Picture: Audenza/PA Photo/Handout.Keep the Summer Vibe Alive: Embroidered Velvet Palm Tree Cushion, £46, Audenza. Picture: Audenza/PA Photo/Handout.

If you don’t want to let go of that sunny colour palette however, you could celebrate an ‘Indian Summer’ indoors, with embroidered, bohemian textiles and exotic accessories.

On the other hand, if you want to gently move into a warmer, ward-off-the- chills look, simply switch up your accessories and treat yourself to tactile, cuddle-up textures in throws and cushions.

Cushion the Blow:  (From top) Sequin Faux Fur Champagne Cushion, £10; Fluffy Faux Fur Cushion, Ochre, £8; Large Cream Jumbo Cord Cushion, Cream, £10; Fluffy Faux Fur Charcoal Cushion, £8; Teddy Bear Cream Throw, £10-£20, Dunelm. Picture: Dunelm/PA Photo/Handout.Cushion the Blow: (From top) Sequin Faux Fur Champagne Cushion, £10; Fluffy Faux Fur Cushion, Ochre, £8; Large Cream Jumbo Cord Cushion, Cream, £10; Fluffy Faux Fur Charcoal Cushion, £8; Teddy Bear Cream Throw, £10-£20, Dunelm. Picture: Dunelm/PA Photo/Handout.

Keep the summer vibe alive

“The latest trend for global fusion, where the colours, shapes and textures from different cultures unite and clash, is a look that works well through all the seasons, with its rich, sunny colour palette,” says Philip Watkin, design director for furniture company, DFS.

Play and Display: Harper Tall Shelves, £550, Next. Picture: Next/PA Photo/Handout.Play and Display: Harper Tall Shelves, £550, Next. Picture: Next/PA Photo/Handout.

“For the Salsa range, we visited The Design Library in London, where an array of beautiful Indian wedding blankets immediately caught our eye. We took the traditional patterns from these blankets and reworked them with punchy, vibrant colours, to keep the look feeling authentic yet modern and lend the range an Indian and Moroccan inspired twist.”

Cushion the blow

Play and Display: Discoveries Agadir Region Ammonite Fossil Shell Ornament, £20, Hurn & Hurn. Picture: Hurn & Hurn/PA Photo/HandoutPlay and Display: Discoveries Agadir Region Ammonite Fossil Shell Ornament, £20, Hurn & Hurn. Picture: Hurn & Hurn/PA Photo/Handout

If you’re lamenting the passing of summer, indulging yourself in new accessories in a different colour palette could lift your spirits as well as your decor.

Cushions can transform not just a sofa but the whole feel of a room, and are such an affordable way to refresh a space. Combine soft neutral shades - enlivened by a burst of vivid colour for a throw - for a subtle and warming effect.

Play and display

You can continue to enjoy the glow of thinking about happy summer times, jogging your memory with a display of souvenirs collected on your travels and jaunts.

Make a statement by showing them off on a display unit, or simply group a small collection on a side table or shelf. Ideally, change objects regularly to keep the display interesting. Following a colour or texture theme will ensure the effect is easy on the eye.

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