There’s no point in denying that Autumn is truly upon us. With sunny summer days on their way out (if they were ever here in the first place), the only consolation is all the fun and cosiness the new season comes with. These are the days of pumpkin spice latte, long walks among beautifully coloured leaves, Halloween and an ever-present toadstool motif, apparently.
This new home decor idea shapes everything into a mushroom silhouette and puts a toadstool or two on absolutely everything from cushions to toadstool lamps. And while it sounds a little bonkers, we’re actually loving it.
This is our pick of some of the best shroomy finds we’ve come across. And they’re all under £25 so you don’t have to break the bank to add a bit of toadstool goodness to your home.
Toadstool motif trend top picks
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Even though Autumn is only just starting, we’ve been seeing the toadstool motif trend popping up everywhere at least for the past month. Similar to the pumpkin casserole dishes that took the high street by storm, the premature rise of the mushroom trend is most likely due to the poor weather we were met with all throughout August, resulting in many starting to plan their autumnal home decor a little earlier than usual.
Etsy has reported a 73% increase in searches for 'mushroom wall art' on its site in the last three months compared to the same time last year. 'This interiors trend started out as simple mushroom motifs, and has quickly become a dominant theme in design, with mushrooms and toadstools infiltrating the work of even high-end designers and artists worldwide,' explains Dayna Isom Johnson, trend expert at Etsy.
'Adding toadstools into your decor can give your home a whimsical feel. Toadstools are intrinsically linked with fantasies, fable stories and poetry we used to read as children, and add a playful, ethereal feel to any space. You can give a nod to toadstools through soft furnishings, fungi-inspired furniture, and you can even add mushroom details into table scaping – the possibilities are endless.'
This ceramic ramekin dish is going to be the talking point of every dinner party you throw this Autumn
This adorable cushion in pure cotton is stitched and adorned with a single large toadstool smack in the centre with a dark green background reminiscent of the forest.
Wrap yourself up in the soft cosiness of this fringed throw covered in tufted toadstool, it even has a matching cushion!
Scented with the earthy sweetness of tonka bean, patchouli and jasmine, this candle offers up to 47 hours of burn time
Toadstool lamps are a thing. And for good reason. They are so cute! As this Urban Outfitters' colour-changing version proves
Our picks are both decorative and purpose-serving. Starting with Primark Home’s Mushroom Ramekin, since Primark alerted us to this new go-to motif first. This ceramic dish is the perfect addition to your autumnal tablescaping for the many upcoming dinner parties you’re sure to be throwing as the weather drives us indoors.
And to match it, why don’t you add Dunelm’s ceramic Toadstool Photo Holder to display your favourite summer memories for your guests to marvel at.
Meanwhile, the George Home Green Toadstool Icon Cushion and Natural Tufted Toadstool Throw with Fringed Edge are what cosy dreams are made of. This is what we’ll be snuggled up in in the months ahead while watching films and reading books on the sofa.
Perhaps the cutest item on our list is Urban Outfitter’s Mushroom Nirvana Scented Candle. But don’t worry, it doesn’t smell of mushrooms. Similarly to the Anthropologie Cheena mushroom candle that’s shaped like a mushroom lamp and which we’re obsessed with, this candle is enclosed in a lid-covered mushroom-shaped jar available in three colourways and three different scents. Our favourite of the bunch is of course the one with the red top that resembles a toadstool the most, scented to perfection with patchouli, tonka bean and jasmine flower.
And it’s a popular one too as one satisfied customer notes, ‘These candles are so cute and smell lovely. Bigger than I thought and look great just as a display piece.’
So which funky funghi accessory will you be adding to your basket?
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Sara Hesikova has been Ideal Home’s News Writer since July 2023, bringing the Ideal Home’s readership breaking news stories from the world of home and interiors. Graduating from London College of Fashion with a bachelor’s degree in fashion journalism in 2016, she got her start in niche fashion and lifestyle magazines like Glass and Alvar as a writer and editor before making the leap into interiors. She feels the two are intrinsically connected - if someone puts an effort into what they wear, they most likely also care about what they surround themselves with.
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