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Home inspiration: the colours of autumn

Autumn is considered one of the more beautiful times of the year, and as we welcome in the new season we tend to rethink our tastes and preferences.  Out go the flip-flops and shorts to make room for boots and thick coats.  The same feelings often apply in our homes, as we begin to crave a warm cosy space to curl up in front of the fire. 

Nature is a great source of inspiration when looking for new colours to update our homes, and autumn is full of warm and inviting tones.

Autumn Colour Palette 1: Brown & Golds

  

These colours are the classic colours of autumn.  Caramel and Auburn coloured leaves litter the forest floor.  To use these rich brown tones in your home, it’s best to add a fresher colour to lighten the overall feel of the room.  We love the flash of yellow-gold of the leaves before they turn but the green of the trees will work equally as well. 

 

Autumn Colour Palette 2: Teal & Burnt Orange 

The vibrant teal sky works perfectly with the burnt orange colour of the leaves in this image. This teal shade could easily be used to add interest to a colour scheme of warm brown and orange tones.  The odd accessories in this cool blue/green hue such as a vase or scatter cushion will make the look feel much fresher and modern.

 

This is just a small selection of the colours nature has to inspire us.  Why not take a camera on a brisk walk and create your own colour palette?

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3 Rules for Autumn Décor

Autumn is a beautiful season.  Frosted autumn leaves crunching underfoot, the heady scent of real fires, blazing berry wreaths on doors and the brisk yet clear skies. Traditionally, its harvest time, time for us to gather produce and retreat to our nests, to make them cosy and welcoming for the oncoming winter.  Warm colours and patterns appeal more and more, and we fill our homes with thick blankets, flame coloured accessories and deep, soft rugs.

Orange is a popular autumn hue for many reasons; it reflects the golden trees and reminds us of breath-taking sun sets.  October, heralding earlier twilights and later dawns, brings with it a certain sluggishness, likely a hangover from the days when humans would retreat to caves for winter.  Orange and other spicy reds have been shown to make people feel warmer, more energetic, and happier, as the skies become greyer and the weather colder. You can bring a little warmth and magic into your life with this Enchanted Garden fabric, a beautiful one for loose covers in Autumn. Paired with titian accessories, it combines muted warmth with a brighter cream base colour.

Food is one useful way to keep warm in winter; butternut squash and ginger soup, roasted apples, delicious cinnamon hot chocolate. A real or electric fire is good; as are candles, which do produce a slight warmth, as well as romanticising an atmosphere. Soft furnishings are another great way to keep warm; soft blankets – preferably in spicy autumn hues – can be draped over sofas as though they were throws, or piled in a basket, ready to be wrapped around cold legs. Bear in mind though, that a basket of fleecy, warm fabric is an open invitation to any canine or particularly feline friends, who will claim the nest as theirs!

One of the lovely things about Autumn is the abundance of produce available, for both food and crafts. Apples ripen, pumpkins grow, and squashes develop their full bodied sweetness. Berries turn juicy and red, conkers fall, fresh scented pinecones drop, ready for crafts and decoration. Wreaths are a popular decoration, made from leaves, feathers, or (as pictured) berry sprigs. Artificial materials are also used, for example felt and garlanded wire. Pinecone crafts are also popular; the cone can be split, painted, or left whole and used in bunting, centrepieces, or just placed in a decorative bowl so you can benefit from their fragrance and simple beauty.

If you want to spice up your home for Autumn, contact Plumbs today for a free, no obligation home visit, or else browse our vast selection of re-upholstery fabrics for a new look today!

 

 

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