Add touch of outdoors to interior
An autumn interior design can bring a little of the outdoors inside.
Just like your wardrobe changes with every season, so too can your interior design. This autumn earthy tones from outside are being welcomed indoors, including that colour that’s always left to last in the felt-tipped pen box.
Brown used to be a dirty word, but that’s before tones like terracotta and ochre entered our interior design palette.
In recent years, the clean and crisp Scandi look has taken over many homes, but now rich, earthy colours are being added to this white base to liven interiors up a bit. Colours like terracotta, ochre, leather, spice and nut are taking a centre-stage position on our walls and in our accessories.
Many of these soul-soothing colours are inspired by nature, like autumn leaves, pumpkins, nut, spices, earth, clay, leather, bark and berries.
These colour trends marry perfectly with savvy homeowners’ desires for organic shapes and textures too. has varying shades, from deep rich burnt oranges like Resene Ayers Rock, to tinges of pink. Likewise, ochre can span the spectrum from pale clay through mustard, right through to a spicy turmeric. Strong colours like these are not for the faint-hearted but can look striking as an all-over wall colour. If you’re not brave enough to paint an entire room, try a feature wall or put it on furniture and accessories. Remember, ‘‘hot’’ colours can be toned down visually by introducing a sofa or rug in cooler tones, like dark dusky blue, French grey or charcoal. don’t go overboard. A single, beautifully-twisted twig placed in an elegant vase or a stroke-me river rock displayed on a sideboard could be all you need to add a feeling of the outdoors to your interior. Texture is key, but it doesn’t have to all be organic. Introduce knobbly rugs, knitted or fur throws, weathered timber coffee tables and hand-crafted pottery to lounges and bedrooms. You can even add texture to walls; browse through the range of anaglypta wallpapers in the Resene Wallpaper Collection. warmth of these natural colours and textiles, complement your lighting with pillar candles, seed lights and table lamps. The recent popularity for warm metallics sits well alongside these earthy colours too. Think about using burnished copper, antique brass, aged gold or rusted effects in your design. Keep an eye out on Neighbourly; you never know, one of your neighbours might be getting rid of something that could become your next interior treasure.