The best of the highstreet trends for Autumn Winter : New Gothic

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  • If you love British design heritage and are brave enough to use bold colour in your home, then this could be your next big decorating look

    Go Dramatic. Team magenta seating with a deep-blue backdrop for a high-impact scheme.

    Isla small armchair in Magenta brushed linen cotton, £730; Isla sofa in Magenta brushed linen cotton, £1360; cushions, Charlotte Beevor collection, all

    Moody Blues. Add atmosphere with a dramatic feature wall and dark-glass vases filled with big, bold blooms, such as purple hydrangeas.

    Tall leopard-print vases, £15 each; Midnight glassware, all £4 each; gold-effect elegant bird object, £8; all Sainsbury’s.

    LOVE IT The trend for ‘Victoriana’ has been around for a while now; we’ve seen the return to popularity of Chesterfields, the botanicala trend, insect drawings on fabrics and ceramics, and museum-style glass domes for displaying. This latest twist creates a design clash between old and new for a look that’s not slavishly copying the past, but edgily reinventing it.

    USE IT Absolutely made for Victorian or Edwardian period properties- especially if they still have some of their original features– this striking look will encourage indolence in a living room and conversation in a dining area. It’s also contemporary enough to carry through to a modern glass extension.

    DO IT YOUR WAY If you love glamour, this look works beautifully with metallics and damasks for a dramatic scheme. Or, try it with distressed, painted vintage furniture for a more easy-going, shabby-chic spin.

    Dramatic Florals. Go for enigmatic glamour with lush blooms in overipe hues.

    Dark floral double duvet set, £15; baroque lamp, £30; glass lotus tealight holder, £3; purple stem vase, £2; scrolls in a bell jar, £12; all George.

    Fuzzy Felt. Animal shapes and tactile fabrics add an eccentric touch.

    Flock-effect beagle bust, £60; crow cushion, £40; both Abigail Ahern/EDITION range, Debenhams.

    GOTHIC GLAMOUR Paint walls in deep shades.

    Walls painted in Hudson Black (front); Bleeker (back); both matt emulsions, £33 for 2.5ltr, Abigail Ahern range, Designerpaint.


    Blend inky shades with plush detail and a touch of the macabre.

    WING IT Hang this on a wall with others from the range, or use to serve up supper.

    Moth black side plate, £14, Day Birger Et Mikkelsen range, Rocket St George.

    TREASURE CHEST Keep earrings, necklaces and rings in seperate section so they’re easy to find.

    Seven-drawer storage in black with floral detail, £26,


    LATE BLOOMER Fill your home with the sweet and spicy fragrance of a night garden.

    Evening Flower scented candle in a glass holder, £6.99, H&M.

    BOTTLE IT Fake it and put extravagent, lifelike faux blooms on display in a dark vase.

    Large black bottle vase, £38; artificial pink peony stem, £10.95; both Mia Fleur.

    PURPLE REIGN Pose regally in this chair upholstered in luxurios Designers Guild velvet.

    Tub chair in Currant (H72.5cm x W72cm x D72cm), £445, Oliver Bonas.

    IN THE PINK Give an edge to a room with this mischievous take on a classic portrait.

    Defaced Duchess, £183, Mineheart range, The French Bedroom Company.

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