The seasons are changing and, after a glorious long summer, we’re officially heading into autumn now. To prepare your home for autumn/winter, start to introduce warmer colours such as mustards, russets and wine, and wintery fabrics such as tartan and tweed.

Tartan is set to be one of the trends of the coming season, both for fashion and interiors, with classic red, olive greens and navy blues leading the pack.

The Tay chair from Barker and Stonehouse has a distinguished, smart, tailored look with rolled arms and wooden feet in a beautiful wool plaid tartan fabric.

Its traditional look and muted colouring makes it ideal for an office or study, but it’s equally at home sitting by a log fire alongside a classic leather sofa such as the Duresta Spitfire.

As an office chair, the Tay can be partnered with a period-style desk such as the Villiers, and play up the Sherlock Holmes-style with quirky accessories such as Upton magnifier.

Pick up the colours in a plain rug in a slightly darker tone, such as the Plush rug in rust from Barker and Stonehouse.

Alternatively the new Tetrad Harris Tweed range includes subtle touches of tartan in some of its pieces. We particularly like the Pumpkin stools in Patchwork tweed.

If tartan furniture is a little bit too much for your taste, try the trend with some soft furnishings and accessories. Tartan cushions and throws add warmth and comfort to the look and can be changed for a lighter option when spring comes around again.

Drape the Huntingtower throw in aqua over the end of a bed, or along the back of a chair, and scatter a mix of patterned and plain cushions in complementary shades across your sofa.

Similarly, if you’ve got high ceilings and a room which can carry them off, tartan curtains really make a statement and are perfect for a library or study.

If you want something a little bit different, create your own wall art with strips of tartan fashioned into flowers and framed, for a cool, slightly rock and roll alternative to a print or wall hanging.

Or at the House of Tartan website: you can interactively weave your own design to create a tartan that’s unique to you.

Autumn’s earthy colours and muted tartans look especially good set against dark woods like walnut and chestnut. Dress the Lyddington bedframe in American chestnut in ivory bedding with tartan accents. Pair with the Lyddington wardrobe and wall mirror for a coordinated look.

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