Add touch of out­doors to in­te­rior

An au­tumn in­te­rior de­sign can bring a lit­tle of the out­doors in­side.

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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.

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