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those ‘new neutrals‘ that were beginning to show up in home interiors at the start of the year are showing no signs of abating.

early august is always a great time for spotting new emerging trends as brands begin to release their autumn winter collection imagery, and i’m delighted to see that the soft, creamier hues i’ve been falling for the past six months are here to stay. there’s something very calming and natural about these warm, yellow-based tones and, particularly for autumn and winter months, the cosy nature of these neutral decor tones is very appealing.

zara home is probably one of the last brands i’d have thought i’d be looking to for inspiration but this season they really seem to have stepped up their game and produced one of their most sophisticated and accessible collections yet. called ‘a life of simplicity,’ the neutral decor collection is made from 100% recycled materials – a first for the brand, and hopefully the not the last – and showcased in a stunning copenhagen apartment against a lime-washed background of exposed beams and pale wooden floorboards.

styled by  colin king and rosie seabrook, the soft beige canvas is the perfect foil for tactile textiles in shades of coffee, caramel and oat, table and glassware in shades of emerald green and decorative accessories in raw natural materials. the revival of home interior’s love affair with cherry and darker wood tones also continues, providing a warmer, earthier backdrop than the lighter beech of recent years, often adding more rounded edges and quirkier detailing into the mix too. that dark rattan bedroom screen is eye candy for sure, although sadly i don’t think it’s actually a new zara home piece..

alongside creamier neutrals, we are also seeing an influx of accent hues in shades that draw their inspiration from nature. golden peach, terracotta and olive green were hues that stood out for me amongst jotun lady’s colour palettes for 2019, and along with my long-standing penchant for inky blues, are the shades i’ve been introducing most into my home this year.

tine k are always one of the first brands i look to when new season imagery emerges and of course, their new aw19 collection doesn’t disappoint. based on honest materials and usable colours to create a calm yet sophisticated atmosphere, tine k are introducing four new shades to their repertoire: amber, ocean, terra and walnut. these deep hues bring the outside world inside, with the green and blue hues reminiscent of a stormy sea, and the burnt browns recalling autumn leaves on the forest floor. textiles are always where tine k really steal my heart, and i’m definitely coveting that entire stack of ocean-hued cushions to adorn both my (navy) sofa and my bed.

the final pieces i’m hankering over (for now) are these gorgeous new additions to stelton‘s theo and emma collections. i love my matte black theo slow-brew coffee maker, designed by francis cayouette, but have to say my head has been turned by this new edition, in a beautiful light sandy hue. of course, there’s absolutely no justification for me to upgrade, but i can certainly admire. i love the sense of calm and consideration associated with this award-winning collection, designed to arouse the senses and invite you to slow down and enjoy the moment. my morning coffee during the week is achieved by a simple hit of a button on a machine, but at the weekends i like to slow brew a full pot to enjoy leisurely throughout the morning. 

the new additions to the emma collection may finally force my hand though. i’ve been a longtime admirer of the collection but, having a perfectly adequate kettle already, haven’t quite been persuaded to part with my pennies. this new inky blue number, with cute bamboo handle, might just tip me over the edge – you know how much i love a good blue hue and my kitchen are is currently the only space in my home without a decent splash of it. hmm..


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