Bringing the outside in with this autumn’s colour trends

While most of the country is still enjoying warm, summer-like days, when it comes to colour we are already looking forward to autumn.

As the weather cools and we are spending more time indoors, the look is all about bringing the outside in and creating cosy, joyful spaces that nurture and inspire.

Set against a backdrop of warm timber and honeyed leather, expect to see soft grey-green―this season’s new neutral―combined with shades of olive, dusty pink and rich, blue-green and ochre.

Repair, one of the four key palettes in this year’s Dulux colour forecast, is colour and communications manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr’s favourite.

“Its rich greens and accent of burnished gold feels comforting and uplifting,” she explains. “Together, they create a wonderful backdrop for interesting collections and spaces that tell a story. The colours are drawn from nature and plug into our collective desire to slow down and reconnect with the natural world.”

When autumn arrives and the temperature drops, many of us get the urge to refresh our interiors knowing we will be spending more time indoors, says Lucena-Orr.

“Evenings snuggled up on the sofa or entertaining friends around the dinner table takes on a whole new appeal. The colours and textures we surround ourselves with play a huge role in creating a warm and cocooning vibe that we crave.”

To create this look in the home, start by looking for ways to add colour, she suggests. “If you’re feeling bold, go for a feature wall in rich green or blue-green or if you prefer a more understated look, paint the backdrop of your room in this season’s subtle grey-green. Contrast is key to making this scheme work, so introduce doses of other colours such as terracotta, chocolate or burnt orange in varying amounts within the room.

“Complete the look with warm timber tones and buttery leathers in furniture and accessories. For an unexpected, contemporary twist, consider adding a sense of organic rawness using concrete by painting a tabletop, planters or a feature wall.”

Autumn styling tips

Combine natural finishes: warm timber, leather and woven rattan can create a cosy and eclectic feel.

Add a twist: paint a bedhead or feature wall in an exhilarating shade of blue-green or ochre to spice up this palette’s warm greens and earthy tones.

Create interesting displays: scour antiques fairs and second-hand stores for unusual collectibles.

Layer up textures and prints: think cosy knits, aged leather, velvets and block prints.

Introduce concrete: this finish will add an interesting twist to green tones and timber. Use paint to upcycle small accessories or to create a feature wall.

Set up a cosy corner: A comfortable armchair or a window seat with a few soft cushions is the perfect spot to spend an autumn’s afternoon with a good book.

Dial down the lighting: Reduce harsh overhead lighting at night and set a cosy mood with a variety of table and floor lamps.

Finish off with greenery: A trailing devil’s ivy on a bookshelf or a large, potted long-leaf fig in the corner of a room can provide a sense of calmness and reinforce a natural element.

Dulux Autumn Colour Trends 2019 – Repair Palette. Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker