The Nautical trend always looks stylish and is a relatively simple look to achieve. It’s no wonder then, that versions of ‘nautical’ and ‘coastal’ crop up season after season.

And autumn/winter 2013 is no exception – this season’s nautical look is a darker, more sophisticated take on the trend, balanced by pops of colour.

The rich reds, dark navys and crisp whites of spring and summer are still present, but this time there’s an emphasis on comfort and warmth.

Velvets and other tactile fabrics are being introduced through soft furnishings and the sailor stripes and summery checks of old are being phased out.

Barker and Stonehouse has the Hayling, a contemporary sofa with a velvety material in deep dark blue, or go retro with the ercol originals studio couch. Accessorise with scatter cushions in a range of complementary shades and patterns.

Splashes of sunshine yellow work really well with this colour scheme and give the trend a fresh twist while still retaining its nautical roots.

So instead of rope or driftwood accessories, update the look with modern vases and soft furnishings in mustard and lemon, like the Patch rug in yellow.

Alternatively, scour antiques stores and fairs for pieces which could have been rescued from a ship-wreck such as large wall compasses, nautical thermometers and real anchors.

Darker woods are also making an appearance in autumn, with walnut making an impression across a multitude of looks next season.

The Charlbury coffee table from Barker and Stonehouse is a two-tiered coffee table with American walnut veneers for a retro, yet Scandinavian, appearance which works well with a number of looks.

Lighting too has changed, becoming softer and more subdued. You want to create a look that feels dramatic and reflects the strength and beauty of the sea. We like the antique brass lantern from Barker and Stonehouse which emits a soft glow rather than a full beam.

Stormy colours such as midnight blue create the right effect, and if you’re brave enough, a feature wall in deepest dark blue will definitely cause a stir, particularly set against exposed brick or wooden panelled walls.

Benjamin Moore has just the right shade, Patriot Blue, which was voted one of House Beautiful magazine’s ‘best blues’ earlier this year.

Alternatively, painting half way up the wall and softening the edges will create a wave effect to immediately conjure up images of the sea.

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