Summer has given way to autumn, but how do we reflect these changes in our homes? Refresh your mind and your house with a new colour palette inspired by the changing seasons.
Autumn is a time for earthy hues and cool grey tones, according to the 2021 Dulux Colour Forecast. Ochre, olive and buff are the feature colours, counterpointed by a cool, greyish white.
Dulux Colour and Communications Manager Andrea Lucena-Orr says the ‘nourish’ palette is warm, comforting and grounding.
“Combine them with raw textures, honey-toned timbers and plenty of natural light for a look that feels fresh and welcoming,” Andrea says.
“Don’t be afraid to mix furniture and accessories from different eras. This year we’re seeing a more laid back, sentimental approach to decorating – it’s a few 70s, a hint of 80s, a dash of 90s, sitting comfortably alongside contemporary styles – all of which creates a wonderfully relaxed and personalised feel.”
Experiment with new or up-cycled items dyed in the darker colours of the ‘nourish’ palette, or make a bigger statement with a rug. Decorating with autumnal cushions and layered throw rugs creates a cosy feeling perfect for the cooler months, easily accented by fresh paint on the walls!
Try painting large, open rooms in a cool greyish-white for a subtle touch of class, or go bold with a feature wall – the orange and yellow tones of ochre make for a great focal point.
“While brown-based neutrals can feel like quite a departure after so many years of grey, they’re a pleasure to live with and easy to decorate around,” Andrea says.
No matter the time of year, feature walls are the best way to experiment with new colour palettes.
“Paint is a great way to try out new decorating trends,” Andrea explains. “You don’t have to go all out… create an accent wall behind the bed or in your study nook, or add a pop of colour to the front door.
“It takes little more than a paintbrush to create an entirely new feeling and look in a room!”