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Velvet goldmine; TRADE SECRETS; Velvet's one of autumn's biggest home trends, so get dark and moody with plum tones, metallic accessories, antique accents and lashings of decadent velvet.

Get touchy feely with fabrics. This trend is all about texture, so mix and match crushed velvet with faux fur and shiny satin. Invest in a statement velvet sofa or armchair, then layer up cushions and throws for a room that's decadent yet welcoming.

Create drama with a palette of purple, dark berry shades and grey but, to avoid things getting too dark and heavy, add contrast and lighten up with romantic cream Frenchstyle or mirrored furniture.

Metallic accents are huge this autumn. Get the luxe look with gold or silver accessories, but consider bronze details too. Bronze is softer than gold and will add a contemporary edge to any scheme.

Keep walls pale and choose a gilded or textured wallpaper for an aged feel – wallpaperdirect.com has a great selection. Find wallpaper too fiddly? Fake antique panelling with a vintage–look folding screen; or try a textured paint such as Crown Suede paint in Fawn, Cream or Taupe (PS24.99 for 4L, Homebase) for a quick and easy alternative.

Cover dark floorboards or carpet with supersoft rugs. Go for shaggy, shimmer or faux fur effects that beg to be walked on barefoot.

Hunt out antique–effect accessories in boot sales and charity shops. Alternatively, replica mottled silver bottles, tealight holders, vintage glass goblets and dainty trinket boxes look expensive but can be picked up for just pounds on the high street.

TOP TIP CHOOSE a sparkly chandelier for the ceiling, but install a dimmer switch to create an atmosphere and keep things low–key.

CAPTION(S):

SILVER CARVED LAMP, PS29.99, HOMESENSE

CHESTERFIELD MEDIUM PLUM VELVET SOFA, PS999, TESCO DIRECT

GREY SATEEN ROUND CUSHION, PS8, PS8 SAINBURY'S AINBURY'S

PA P LAIS BED BE SI DSI D DE CHEST,PS245, 245 FRENCH FBED EDE ROOM COMPANY

THET SYLV YLV Y IE LVIE LV CHAIR, PS199, 199 SWOON EDITIONS

CROWN C FASHION F FOR OR F WA WA W LLS SUE UED UED UE UE E PAINT, AINT, PAINT,P PS24.99 FOR 4L, HOMEBASE OMEBASE

ALTO WALLPAPER IN SATINWOOS D, DPS59.99 PER ROLL, LL, LL WA W LLPAPERDIRECT IRECT IRECT.CO.UK

CHENI C LLETHROW T IN PLUM, PS17.99, 17.99 DUNEL DUNE MMILL

RUG IN SMOKE GREY, PS52.49, ARGOS

VOTIVES, VES, VPS15FOR THREE, DEBENHAMS

MIRROR TRINKET BOX, PS6, 6 SAINSBURY'S

BURGUNDY AND GOLD EMBROIDERED ERED ERE CUSHION, PS25, DEBENHAMS25

LIMED LIME WOODEN DRESSING SCREEN, PS362, 362 FRENCH F BED EDE ROOM COMPANY

BLOOMSBURY BUTTERFOOMSBURY BUTTERFLOOMSBURY BUTTERFLBUTTERF Y CUSHION, PS26, DEBENHAMS26

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 7, 2014
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