Decorating for Autumn

Summer is drawing to a close, and we are entering the mellow days of autumn. It is often a time when thoughts turn to redecorating, particularly as the winter nights are drawing in and we are spending more time at home. We want to feel warm and cosy in our homes and traditional autumn colour palettes of red, orange and yellow are perfect for achieving this ambience.

This sample board is from a project I designed recently for a couple who wanted just that. They had a garden room that they used as their sitting room in the summer and the brief was to design their sitting room and dining room for use on winter evenings to relax in and entertain friends. I used rich colours and plenty of texture to achieve a feeling of warmth and cosiness.

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In a similar vein I was asked to design a sitting room for a client that could be changed between summer and winter, so I opted for a neutral colour scheme of sand and cream, with red as the contrast colour. The roman blinds and cushions could be changed from the warm wool fabrics in the winter to the lighter checked linen fabrics in the summer.

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Autumn is a time of, warm days and increasingly chilly nights and you could opt for a contrasting colour scheme of blue and orange to reflect this, as in this kitchen I designed a few years ago. The kitchen faced south, so blue was chosen as the main colour to cool the room down, and orange was chosen for the north facing breakfast area, off the kitchen to give warmer feel.

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I love this new Renaissance fabric collection from Warwick fabrics for delicious autumn shades of rust and red, but equally you could achieve a sense of winter calm using a palette of greys and blues by using a different colourway from the same collection.

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I used this gorgeous fabric from William Morris in a recent kitchen project made up into roman blinds and a seat cushion. It has a fruity pattern in soft autumnal shades of smoky blue contrasting with rich shades of aubergine, mustard and orange to gladden your heart as the nights draw in.

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