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Shopping the New Habitat Autumn/Winter Collection

One of the UK’s favourite high street home decor retailers, Habitat was founded in 1964 by Sir Terence Conran. Today the brand is recognised internationally and spreads the Conran gospel of affordable good design with a number of bricks and mortar showrooms in the UK and a booming on-line sales presence. Habitat’s on trend products are distinguished by fine craftsmanship and their seasonal collections of newly released items hotly anticipated twice a year.

Habitat has just unveiled its Autumn/Winter Collection just as thoughts are beginning to turn towards the end of summer and the cooler, shorter days just ahead. It’s an ideal time to contemplate an interior design refresh for your home. Most of us will be spending more time indoors in the months to come and now presents good opportunities to refresh your living spaces with comfort and style for increased use. Whether you’re looking to invest in a complete new look with state of the art furniture pieces and fashionable accessories, or simply to replace a few key items and refresh your existing living space, chances are you’ll find what you need at Habitat.

One trend we love is mixing mid-century profiles with warm-toned metals such as copper, bronze and gold. It’s a less bling-y approach to luxury with subtle finishes that offer a warm glow rather than polished shine. Copper is especially right on trend and Habitat has a number of metal pieces that mix well with the clean lines of mid-century style for a vintage yet fresh feel. Warm metals also play off more monochromatic colour schemes – all white and black or shades of grey, which is still very popular for sophisticated living rooms and lofts.

Kickstart your new living area with a really great sofa. This saffron coloured three-seater is exclusive to Habitat. Curvy and deeply padded, the Saskia sofa straddles vintage and contemporary sensibilities and lends itself well to creative accessorizing. £695.00

We also love the shape of this Townsend sage grey sofa in velvet. The fabric is on trend yet timeless, creating a perfect base for layering brighter hues and rougher textures. £1600

Pair it with a similar profile but woven fabric armchair for contrast with clashing. £895

This orange and ash coffee table echoes the profile of these sofa options and really amps up the mid century vibe beautifully. Bonus: the top is a removable tray. £195

But you could just as easily start your warm metal tribute here with a circular hammered brass and aluminium side table. Iridescent and more lightweight than it looks, the Orrico side table is exclusive to Habitat and comes available in two sizes. £130

Continue the theme with this good looking copper ceiling fixture. The geometry is pure mid-century modern and we also love the unique shadows this hanging lamp casts around the room. The Zelie ceiling shade also comes in a black and gold option. £35

Also new and exclusive to Habitat for fall is this copper task light. Warm, sleek and adjustable, it’s provides a perfect pop of copper and casts a rosy light. £150

Add more warmth and glow with even the smallest accessories such as this Italian-made Kupari picture frame, in multiples for maximum impact on your walls. £38

And even dark metal can contribute to the overall scheme. This clean-lined black jug would look great filled with fiery coloured blooms, or something like whites roses to continue a black and white theme. £25

And, finally, Habitat is known for the gorgeous textiles it carries. A large wool rug such as this one from the Fall/Winter Collection can pull all of the discrete shades and tones together is a single grounding element that is soft underfoot. Geometric, so it’s carries the mid-century modern theme, the Forma rug also contains cooler hues such as teal and mint green. £450

Mimicking tiled flooring, this black and white wool rug and matching runner will warm up a monochromatic scheme, as would this larger shaggy pile Kotsu grey, red and white wool rug. £150/£350

Or go for broke with this striking multi-coloured flat weave rug. £400 Sometimes a busy pattern can act as an anchor for your main colour palette, offering the eye a platform from which to take a journey around the room from element to element.

Habitat is a design institution for a reason. If you’re looking for a living room refresh to make the pain of summer’s end a bit less stinging, check out their new Fall/Winter Collection for great ideas and products to purchase now.

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  • Ellie lives in a village outside Oxford and works in fashion in London. She loves the vintage look, traditional English afternoon tea, prosecco and hiking in the Lake District.

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