Lifestyle and interior expert Lisa Dawson is renowned for sharing her tips and advice on home, garden and DIY with the glossy magazines and leading brands. Lisa has partnered with us to share her insight on the leading late autumn/winter 2021 trends around the home and garden.

Autumn/Winter Trend 1: Country Style

Country style  autumn winter trend
Country decor with warm tones & traditional pattern

As the nights draw in and we head inside, our homes need to be comfortable and welcoming. Country decor is the perfect autumnal style, with traditional pattern, warm tones and natural materials leading the way. Cushions and throws in large checks are perfect for a cosy night in and lighting the log burner sets the mood. Recycled and reused is a key part of this look so go for worn vintage style rugs and lots of natural woods and aged materials such as concrete and washed rattan. Add potted cactus and succulents in textured tonal pots for that true country style.

Top Tip: Don’t be scared to mix your patterns – checks work brilliantly with florals and rugs can be layered.

Autumn/Winter Trend 2: Earthy Tones

Earthy, warm tones will be a key autumn/winter 2021 trend
Earthy, warm tones will be a key autumn/winter 2021 trend

As our passion for nature starts to move into our homes, so too is the trend for warm, earthy tones in our décor. A cool, calming look, it’s perfect combined with warm neutrals and natural materials and is perfect for promoting a relaxing ambience with a restricted tonal palette. Plaster pink seating in textured jumbo cord work beautifully alongside deep pile rugs and earthy patterns, whilst accessories in contrasting textures such as soft weaves and natural stone bring layers to the space. Woven cane is timeless and perfect for this trend – team with large scale plants for a minimal and stylish aesthetic.  

Top Tip: The key to this trend is to keep it simple and chic without too much going on – large scale art works well. 

Autumn/Winter Trend 3: Christmas – Décor

Natural colours and materials mixed with warm lighting for a cosy Christmas
Natural colours and materials mixed with warm lighting for a cosy Christmas

Natural, warm tones are key to this years Christmas décor. The trend for bringing the outside in is reflected in our interior choices and this has resulted in more muted, earthy colours that fit with this ethos. Silver and white decorations with textured surfaces can be mixed perfectly on the tree and hanging glass tealights add glow and warmth. Garlands in soft browns and natural materials such as wood are perfect for adorning our homes and strings of star lights create a feature. Add a retro edge with disco ball baubles which will make your room sparkle in the winter light. 

Top Tip: Combine greenery from your garden with faux to maximise this look.

Autumn/Winter Trend 4: Christmas – Outdoor Space

Outdoor Christmas decorations including wood and twinkling lights
Outdoor Christmas decorations including wood and twinkling lights

Over the last year, we have learned to make the most of our homes and this has given our outdoor areas a new lease of life. Creating a cosy Christmas space will bring an extra element to the festive season and lighting is the first place to start, with warm white garland lighting adding a welcoming touch. Natural materials are key to this look with wood, faux fur and plenty of seasonal greenery creating a room in which to celebrate. An outdoor stove will be a focal point for the arrangement whilst keeping you warm when the nights are cold.  

Top Tip: Making the logs a display in themselves adds to the cosy, Christmas ambience.

Autumn/Winter Trend 5: New Year Entertaining

Velvet will be a key autumn/winter 2021 trend
Mix sumptuous velvet chairs with gold, marble and brass for NYE glitz

Party time calls for ALL the glitz and adding the wow factor to your room is essential when you’re planning on New Year entertaining. A brass drinks trolley sits perfectly alongside gold and marble accessories and luxe materials such as velvet chairs, pouffes and deep patterned cushions will add texture and make the evening feel extra special. Large, cosy Berber rugs are a flexible addition and Moroccan silver lantern lights add to the mixed metallics.  A stand alone outdoor bar with stools is the ultimate in New Year entertaining and can be used year round for sociable evenings with friends.  

Top Tip: Adding Moroccan touches to this scheme breaks up the room and adds interest. 

Autumn/Winter 2021 trends article written by Lisa Dawson.

Lisa is an award-winning interior and lifestyle writer, workshop presenter and content creator, who covers key topics and insight across home, garden and DIY. 

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