Autumn/Winter 2014 decorating trend report: Part 3

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Homes and lifestyle journalist Jules Barton-Breck reports back from this season’s press shows with part three of the latest homeware design collections.

Theatrical touches at Wallpaper direct

I loved the key looks introduced by Wallpaper Direct’s founder Melanie Adams for AW14: ‘Going for Gold, with advanced metallic prints for a touch of glamour; Hues of Blue, our new rich neutral collection; Jewel Tones, with more upbeat sparkle; and Winter Whites – crisp, textured whites that work all year round.’ My edit is eclectic but showcases what the company has to offer this season, from contemporary pattern in shades of blue on Painted Squares, to full-on Japanese theatrics in Tokyo and Madame Butterfly, and bold florals in Cosmo Maraschino.

tapet-cafe painted squares, abigail ryan cosmo maraschino, linene cushions from wallpaper direct

Surprising drama at Laura Ashley

Renowned for its elegant classic schemes and muted colour palette, it’s great to also see directional schemes at Laura Ashley, which has introduced berry and orchid shades that add a luxe feel to its collections. Showcasing this, its recommendations include the Kingham two-seater sofa, a re-colouring of the Berkeley Scroll wallpaper and fabric, and the dramatic purple bedroom furnishings. But not everything is serious and sumptuous. The playful dog design wallpaper reflects the trend for papering the kitchen – which isn’t to everyone’s taste, I agree – but it does make waiting for the kettle to boil a bit more fun!

Berkeley scroll fabric, kingham two-seater sofa from Laura Ashley

Chandler steel cafe chairs, cushion, pendant light shade from George Home

leather sofa, cushions, blanket box, ornament, chest, upholstered sofa from House of Fraser

Suzy dining table, stackable chair, ziggy silicone foldable pendant, calia oak bookshelf, by John Lewis

Arlington antique brass pendant, Balzano faux-leather double bed frame, Kaleidoscope duvet set, Anneka steel ceiling pendant from Very

Chesterfield large wool sofa from Delcor