Artists and interior design enthusiasts have long drawn inspiration for their work from the beauty found in the natural world, and this week we’re going to look at how we can use the autumnal colour palette to influence our decorating.
The rich, inviting colours of autumn are perfect for our living spaces, so let’s take a look at some simple ideas you can use to bring a bit of that warmth into your home.
Go for a walk…
It may seem like a simple idea, but pulling on your boots and a warm jumper before heading off for a stroll around your local park or beauty spot is a fantastic way to get a feel for the spectacular colours on show. Take a notepad and camera along so you can make visual and written notes – you never know when inspiration will strike!
Choosing your colours
Autumnal colours can be used to create a number of different looks, from deep, rich reds and terracottas to more subtle olives, light browns and greens – the choice is yours. Use your notes and images from your inspirational walk to create colour schemes that suit the room’s main use and position – you don’t want dark colours in a room that receives little natural light, for example.
If you’re struggling to decide on a scheme, you can use an online colour wheel to help. These free tools help you to understand the differences between complementary, analogous and triadic colours, and how you can best use them to replicate the natural world.
Paint mixing services
Most of the major paint manufacturers recognise how popular and pleasing autumn colours are and sell a decent range of colours in their collections, but if you really want to bring autumn into your home and use the exact colours you find in nature you can use a paint mixing service.
Bring some photos from your nature walk or a selection of fallen leaves and ask the technician to create emulsion or satin paint that exactly matches. We love this idea because you’ll know that your autumnal colour scheme is completely original and an exact replica the real outdoors!
We hope that you feel suitably inspired to get out in nature and use this time of year to fill you with ideas for your latest interior design project, but if you’re unsure about anything feel free to give us a call. We’re always here with friendly advice or can provide a quote to turn your home into an autumn wonderland!