Autumn is Here (Sad Face)

Courtesy: Swoon Editions

I must admit I’m not an Autumn lover. Ok, I get the Instagram version with picturesque walks through crunchy leaves on a crisp September day and I definitely get the part where you are licenced to buy a load of lovely new knitwear to keep you warm but in reality… it’s just a bit cold, wet and dreary isn’t it?

Not only that but you know it’s only going to get worse. For me Autumn is the voice in my head that says Winter is on its way and yes, you’re going to be cold every day and yes, January does actually exist, and it will be here before you know it. Sorry about that.

There is, therefore, just no good way to explain why, when it comes to colour, I’m definitely an autumn person. Mustard yellows, deep terracottas, forest greens, I can’t get enough and for me they work all year now but now is the time to fill your boots shopping wise.

Feature wall Sudbury Yellow, Farrow & Ball – picture @livedin365

With that in mind I thought I would pull together a mini Autumn colours edit to wet your whistle.

Accessories are, of course, always a good way to buy into the colours without investing wholesale and repainting a room. And there are so many around that will Autumn-up your room.

Blue Marimekko cushion: Abode Living; LA typography print: Albert & Moo; Velvet green cushion: Audenza; Golden Eye Mirror: Audenza; Lambswool Throw: Hurn & Hurn

Velvet stool: Cult Furniture; Basket: Lola Mawu; Pot: Hurn & Hurn; Linen printed cushion: Made; Mohair throw: Cloudberry Living

Taking it to the next level they are also surprisingly flexible colours to use in upholstery against a variety of colour schemes. For the relatively blank canvas of whites and pale neutrals they provide a pop of colour and ensure that likely the most expensive item in the room takes centre stage. They also work well with some of the most popular colours in our houses today – deep forest greens against a whole range of pinks and blushes, mustard yellows with darker colours like Downpipe or Railings look effortlessly classy and terracottas work brilliantly with bold blues as well red toned neutrals like Joa’s White and greens.

Sofa: Made; Mirror: Audenza; Paint: Joa’s White No.226 Farrow & Ball; Wallpaper: Bamboo BP2139 Farrow & Ball; Green velvet cushion: as before


Sofa: Darlings of Chelsea; Paint: Downpipe No.26 Farrow & Ball; Monochrome prints: Mode Prints; Mirror: Audenza; Clock and Blanket: Hurn & Hurn

If you really want to take the plunge the best way is to think about paint colours. I wrote recently about Dulux’s new 2019 colour of the year Spiced Honey which is a great way to dip your toe into the trend as it fulfils the brief from a autumnal tone perspective but still sits the right side of neutrals and is easy to build on with new or existing furniture or accessories.

Some of my other favourites from Dulux include:

Totally Teal, Toasted Clay, Twilight Cinders: Dulux

Whilst Farrow & Ball offer this smorgasbord of loveliness:

Vardo, Red Earth with Lulworth Blue, India Yellow: Farrow & Ball

Sadly despite all of the lovely colours and the shopping potential around me I’m yet to be convinced that Autumn is actually a good thing. So I’ll be sitting here, huddled up in my terracotta sheets, clutching my mustard cushions and waiting for the Spring greens.