As the seasons change and we head towards autumn, it’s time to update the trends we have recreated in our homes. It’s all about preparing your house for the colder months without losing the essence of the look.

This month spring’s candy colours and soft pastels have been given an edge with black borders, rustic woods and metal accents.

The Bleecker dining chairs from Barker and Stonehouse are a combination of iron frames and reclaimed-wooden seats and come in a range of cool shades – we love the aqua version. Pair with a big solid wood table such as the San Quentin Tahoe in reclaimed pine.

This is a tougher take on pastels, less delicate and pretty and more industrial, but that’s not to say it can’t be feminine. Mix pastel-painted reclaimed-woods with soft furnishings for a comfortable and contemporary take on the trend.

This edgier take on pastels is epitomised by the Portobello range of drawers and cabinets from Barker and Stonehouse.

Beautifully constructed from mango wood and reclaimed wood and featuring a distressed black-painted finish, the Portobello has mixed, pastel-coloured draws and metal handles.

Either leave exposed brick-work, paint walls in chalky pastel colours or choose a muted pastel wallpaper such as the retro Dotty from Graham and Brown.

Pick out colours from the woods and reflect the shades in rugs and curtains in complementary tones.

Offset the wood and metal with ultra-comfortable sofas and armchairs such as the Archie three seater sofa with feather-filled cushions in beautiful vintage cotton loose covers. A matching lounge chair is also available.

Alternatively, an accent chair such as the Sinclair Club Chair, with its leather form and pale blue linen seat, will ground the look and add warmth.

Finally, the Sevilla sleigh bedframe is a traditional style bed in bleached old pine with a contemporary twist – a distressed rainbow coloured painted footboard which adds colour and bags of character to any bedroom. Dress in chalky pastel-coloured bed linen and add cushions in natural materials to complete the look.

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