Rich autumn berries provide the colour palette for this season's update to the modern country style
September is a time for change; the summer draws to an end, the kids go back to school and as the evenings become darker earlier thoughts turn to creating a cosy refuge for the colder months fast approaching. Even timeless styles can do with a little refresh, so may we suggest drawing on the harvests of Autumn to inspire a new look?
The Forager’s Feast trend brings together the intense hues of berries, bark and bramble to create an elegant look with a nod to the Arts and Crafts movement. Think heady and intoxicating hues of rich and heavenly midnight shades, interwoven with natural wood accents.
Walls are finished in desaturated shades of purple, indigo and moss with a chalky finish softening the dark colour palette. Wrap up with layers of luxury wool and cashmere in throws, rugs and cushions. Frost blues, stone grey and tinted lilacs are all combined in classic checks and tweeds to enhance this season’s modern country trend.
Tamara says: “This trend takes inspiration from the Arts and Crafts Movement, so William Morris designs are integral to this look.
His stylised foliage and flowers strike the perfect balance between decorative and rustic styles – adding one of his iconic prints with curtains or cushions will bring a heritage feel to your decorating scheme.”
Key colours: Damson, indigo, dusky lilac, moss green
Accents: Arctic grey, dusty rose and cerulean blue
Wool and cashmere, heavy linens, exposed wood, bone china
Hero products: Morris
& Co fabrics, deep-buttoned Chesterfield sofa, Burleigh china
Hugo Mekko Chair, £279, Marks & Spencer
This latest design from highstreet hero M&S is almost too pretty to sit on! We love the new William Morris inspired print that decorates the Hugo chair. The heritage feel of the meadow print is beautifully balanced with the scandi-inspired simple form and light wood legs. An overall winning highstreet buy to hunt down to champion this season’s Arts and Crafts trend.
John Hanly Tartan Merino Wool Throw, £140, Liberty
softest of wool, the deepest of berry dyes and the most traditonal of
country patterns – this beautiful merino throw brings heritage into the
present day. No need for further descriptions; we’ll let the quality of
this tactile piece do the talking.
Crewelwork Nelia Ruge, From £78, Anthropologie
ancient mode of weaving is used to create this intricate design of
intertwined flowers, vines and fruits. This alone would impress William
Morris himself, a fan of skilled craftsmanship, but we suspect those
vibrant, deeply saturated colours would also find favour with the
forefather of Arts and Crafts. This whimsical rug is an absolute beauty.
We will be foraging for this in-store.
Cromwell Chesterfield Sofa in Plum, £1,199, John Lewis
Channel the deep luxury of Arts and Crafts country houses; the warmth of late-summer blackberry picking has abated, but you’re hiding in the carved-wood-clad library curled up on a sofa, absorbed in a good book. What would you be sitting on? We’d suggest this sofa, with its deep berry colour and deep buttoned back, could bring that particular daydream scene into the reality of your own country home, however modest or elaborate it is.
Morris & Co Pimpernel Double Duvet Cover, £95, Amara
An original William Morris design, one that draws on the Gothic Revival’s interest in bold forms and strong colours, captures the essence of rural hedgerows a-buzz with summer activity. As the focal point in a heritage-style bedroom, the Pimpernel – a complex swirling pattern of leaves and tulip flowers, in the jewel hues of deep amethyst and green tourmaline – is nothing short of mesmerising.
Burleigh Tankard Jug, £28, Amara
If you’re going to invest in a key piece of earthenware this season then this stunning tankard is a must. The inky tones of the Blue Calico design, an iconic print for this heritage English brand, is perfect to play a key role for tableware within this classic country trend. This pint jug is a highly functional piece; a great addition to the breakfast table or alternatively a beautiful vessel to display a centrepiece of hedgerow brambles, berries and seasonal thistles.
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Glass-fronted Buffet Cabinet, £315, Graham & Green
Bring the subtle suggestion of serious botanical studies to your living room with this vintage-style glass-fronted cabinet. Aged paintwork, brass door pulls and fern-patterned lining make this a cabinet of design curiosity, while the black woodwork brings the weightiness necessary to punctuate a heavily decorative Morris-style space.
Art Print, £66.12, King & McGraw
Arts and Crafts doesn’t have to mean intricate wallpapers and fabrics; you could opt to hang a group of pretty botanical illustrations – like this delicate Victorian-style drawing in its classic wooden frame – on a single wall for a more subtle take on this rich theme.
Farringdon Wirework Basket, £40, Garden Trading
A simple way to add the deep ‘bark tones’ element of the Forager’s Feast theme, is with a well-placed stack of kindling for your fire or living room stove. Smarten the look up – and add a little structure to your space – with a rustic wirework wood basket. This one has a classic look that sparked our interest!
Liberty Arts Fabric, £95 per m, Liberty
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Feast your eyes on this wallpaper and fabric that features an abundance of fruits and berries – it’s like a celebration of a successful summer harvest in soft furnishing form! Each colourway makes a statement – the dove grey highlights summery orange hues, while the midnight blue offers a deeply dramatic and intense burst of berry shades. A plan for all seasons.
Faux Berry Bunch, £24, Oka
Underline the foraging theme, and pick out the detail of the decor, with a bunch of faux-berries in a carefully placed jug or vase. Oh-so-simple but oh-so-effective.