The best of the highstreet Autumn Winter trends: Beautility

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  • As much as an attitude as a decorating trend, it’s about creating a simple style with well-made everyday basics

    Modern Living Simple wooden furniture, copper cookware and natural accessories create a timeless and unfussy look

    Dining table, £1,599; bench,
    £499; cushion, £35; Elska monochrome dinnerware, from £6 for a mug; Pebble mug,
    £6; napkins, £16 for four; acacia cooking utensils (in jar on worktop), £12 each;
    all Gray & Willow range, House of Fraser

    LOVE IT If your life and your home seem relentlessly busy and chaotic, then this is the trend for you.
    Strip your style back to the bare essentials and rejoice in the simple joy of well-designed things that play an active part

    in the way you live. Nothing’s for ‘best’; everything’s to be used and enjoyed now

    The white stuff Simple white tableware is a timeless classic

    Porto tableware, from £6 for a dipping bowl; Elgin glassware, from £5 for a wine glass; all The White Company

    USE IT The look is absolutely perfect for a kitchen, but the beautility aesthetic can be carried through to living and dining rooms (and beyond). Look at chalky paint or peeling plank-effect wallpaper, pile up soft knits and add nature-inspired pattern for interest.

    Utility chic Keep your cleaning cupboard or shelves in order with smart yet understated storage

    Shoe shine box, £28; washing tablets box, £17.50; classic jug, £15; mini jug, £9; utility bucket, £22; all in Chalk; ceramic-lidded glass jars, from £1.50 each; ceramic-lidded glass bottles, from £3 each; all Garden Trading

    Sitting pretty Simple stripes are ideal for upholstery

    Charlotte armchairs, from £520 each,

    DO IT YOUR WAY Beautility can be worked into lots of other looks, if you’d rather dip a toe in than adopt the style wholesale. It fits in beautifully with industrial schemes, classic country looks, mid-century and Scandi-inspired rooms, as well as pretty, chintzy, vintage schemes with cottage florals and pastel hues.

    Key elements

    Timeless design
    Key pieces, such as furniture and lighting, are so simple they’re effectively time- and trend-neutral.

    Natural materials Avoid anything glossy, synthetic or silky, and stick to wood, metal, glass, cotton, linen and wool.

    Nostalgia This look harks back to a simpler time and a less-complicated life, so use Kilner jars, enamelware and wooden brushes to accessorise.

    Subtle colour and pattern There’s a lot of crossover with classic Scandi style here – whites, greys, pale blues and greens. Beware of pattern, as it dates a scheme – look for simple, nature-inspired designs.


    Work bench Get more preparation space, plus storage, with this free standing unit

    Norraker clear laquered side board, (H85 x W120 x D50cm), £150, Ikea

    Pour more Make breakfast time special with this vitrified stoneware milk jug

    Amberley 2ltr jug, £18, Croft Collection range, John Lewis

    Perfectly poised This retro anglepoise lamp is beautiful, simple, functional and will never date

    Metal angle lamp, £65, J by Jasper Conran range, Debenhams

    Time for tea Choose neutral crockery with subtle detailing and a quiet, considered design

    Nordic mug in cream, £5, Marks & Spencer

    Well preserved Group several of these together and use them to store nuts, seeds or pulses

    Glass jar with silver lid (H23cm), £4.99, HomeSense

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