It’s out with the new, in with the old

Say goodbye to the slick, shiny interiors that have gripped your imagination for the past few years and get ready to embrace something less severe. A homely aesthetic is the trend to know about this season.

If the idea of pieces that have been acquired over time, perhaps a bit on the lived-in side, and rather rough around the edges springs to mind, you’re on the right track.

Far from being stuffy or over-styled, “rough luxe” focuses on rustic, homely pieces that infuse personality while also paying homage to the past.

Antique furniture is a great place to start – the older and more unique it looks, the better. But it’s not all about buying more pieces. Playing with original features in your home works too. Old fireplaces and wooden floors should be celebrated.

And don’t be afraid to play with textures and contrasting prints with accessories. The mission is to create something distinctive and personal and more than anything, a comfortable place that you want to spend time in.

To say that the trend is entirely new would be wrong. The style has, in fact, quietly gained momentum for a while but the recession, along with the backlash against minimalism, have no doubt been factors in its resurgence.

Galerie du Gaston oval clock
£50, Graham & Green

Fir wood coat hanger
£38, Graham & Green

Velvet geometric pillow
£30, John Lewis

Bidjar wool rug
£875, Liberty Rugs

The Dexter armchair
£675.75, Graham & Green

Voyage como velvet cushion
£35, John Lewis

Home comfort magnets
£12 for set of 6, John Lewis

Ornate hall mirror
£300, John Lewis

Maharani coffee table
£225, John Lewis

Lambswool throw
£110, John Hanley