How to update your interiors this autumn

By John Burns
 Arne Aksal Curtains

Photo: Arne Aksal

7 interior design trends to have on your radar as the weather cools

Our homes have had to do a lot of heavy lifting during the pandemic. As freedom creeps back onto the horizon, it’s time to reclaim the makeshift office and gym set-ups and reinstate our homes as havens. Amy Woodroffe, co-founder and director of Værnis Studio, a Copenhagen-based creative agency working with interior design brands, offers some guidance on how to balance a wave of new Scandinavian interiors trends with the best design solutions that emerged from the pandemic.

Brighten dark spots

“Nordic winters are long and dark, so there's always room for more ways to bring light with you—inside or out. There's been a rise in portable lamps from Scandinavian design houses lately, and I love the Como by Space Copenhagen for &Tradition. I like its simple form and slightly metallic brown finish, which glows beautifully when it’s turned on.”

Create intimate corners

“The lines between work and life have become increasingly blurred, which has prompted a boom in room dividers. I like adaptable spaces that can be reconfigured to feel expansive one moment and more intimate the next. Room dividers, like Archival Studies' example, are also an opportunity to bring added materiality and architectural structure into your home.”

Add some colour

“It's fun to see colourful walls coming up as a domestic trend and, more importantly, a move toward environmentally-friendly paints. Danish brand St. Leo is doing a beautiful job producing rich paints and plasters from sustainable ingredients, and has just launched a new collection called Original Pigments.”

Tile beyond the bathroom

“Humans are innately pattern-obsessed, so I always wonder why bold tiles haven't been more of a mainstay. Danish-Italian brand H+O's three-dimensional Cherico Tiles appeal to me as a way to bring subdued patterns into any space, not just the bathroom or kitchen.”

Add a human touch

“The arts and crafts revival has given many people a healthy way to manage stress—and boredom—during the lockdown, as well as give new sources of income and creativity. Patchwork quilts and textile wall art are a wonderful way to bring a human touch into the home. I think Danish artist Anton Funck's work is beautiful and I love antique quilts from The Apartment.

Blend hard and soft

“Niko June arrived on the Copenhagen design scene in spring and its limited edition art objects follow a new wave of post-modern aesthetics. This vase by Nick Ross is one of their first pieces. I like the industrial shape and the juxtaposition you get when adding some single flower stems.”

Use sensory smells

“Room diffusers have cropped up everywhere as an extension of the wellness trend and, I imagine, out of a desire for more sensory living spaces. I find value in both ideas and in Dinesen's Douglas Fir diffuser. It has no buttons, cords or electrical currents—just wood and essential oils.”

Soften hard edges

“In the last couple of years, there's been a move toward tactile interiors that appeal to our sense of touch. I love the look and feel of exaggerated swathes of floor-to-ceiling material, like Arne Aksel's velour curtains. They allow you to completely transform the mood at home—from light and airy to cocooned and cosy.”

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