Think jewels and florals for bold autumn interiors

Rich jewel colours are set to change home interiors this autumn, and replace the soft muted shades of spring and summer.Floral splashes and plush patterned fabrics will complement the striking autumn tones.Creative director of Alexander James Interior Design, Stacey Sibley, highlights the new Bonheur velvet from Zinc Textiles as an example.She said: "The plush velvet is interspersed with multi-tonal textural bouclé yarns to form a deconstructed hounds tooth design that is both elegant and warm."Colours are now all about the rich warmth of teals, burnt oranges, shaded spruce and autumn maple."These are bold tones for uplifting interiors - we'll be brightening up the indoors as the outdoors dims in preparation for winter.""Summer's fascination with nature will continue, but with a shift into more rich, floral patterns."Florals this autumn will be larger than life - rich velvet cushions printed with large expressive tulips, apple blossom and roses."The Designers' Guild's new cushions epitomise this trend. We're also seeing floral prints in wallpapers and fabrics that look like old master still life paintings, allowing us to incorporate these in to the home in exciting new ways - a modern twist on classical prints," said Ms Sibley. When it comes to larger items of furniture, colour comes to the fore once more. Julian Chichester's sculpted, teal vellum Deneuve Cabinet is the ultimate example. Double curved ends provide elegance while the textured raw brass detail that follows the shape of the front of the cabinet pairs perfectly with autumn's favoured tones.For smaller accessories, it's all about blending jewel colours with interesting textures.Healthfield & Co's emerald Amelia table lamp reflects the autumnal trend. A design collaboration with Zoffany, the hand-crafted lamp features volcanic glass detailing, meaning that each piece is unique. Antique brass and a satin shade finishes the lamp beautifully.Ms Sibley added: "Finally this autumn, don't forget the importance of art. opt for something like Trowbridge Gallery's Lovebird Feathers that shows the bright, delicate plumage of the world's smallest parrot."The close-up of the rainbow spectrum of colours is truly beautiful and adds a wonderful sense of texture as well as colour." Make sure you're ready for the arrival of dark skies and darker evenings by giving your home the colour boost it deserves.for more information on Alexander James Interior Design visit