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01 | Experiment with dark colours

Autumn doesn't have to mean dull colours - its a season of rich, earthy tones and colours - an invitation to enjoy hearth and home.  Paint colours in darker shades will create a warm, cosy atmosphere and layers of complementary and contrasting textures and colours will add interest and depth. 

Paint manufacturers such as Little Greene Paint Company or Argile of Paris  produce superb quality paints in colours that are both rich and subtle.  Many of those from the Little Greene Paint Company replicate period colours and are great if you wish to reflect a particular period,  whilst some of those from Argile are sublimely beautiful - Noir d'Arame, Shishi, Momiji and Charbon de Bois to name a few - and will provide a superb depth of colour against which to display pictures and objects.

There is a useful online tool to assist in selecting colours - coolors.co - which enables you to create colour palettes and save them.  There are useful features whereby you can upload a photo and it will create colour selections based on the image.

Image courtesy of Robert Atherton Interior Design - https://www.robertatherton.com

02 | Add a splash of colour

Autumn is the time to nestle down and enjoy the comfort of your own home.  What we surround ourselves with will have an effect on how we feel.  A colourful throw or a rug which complements or contrasts the colours in your room, a statement lamp creating soft lighting and some cheerful cushions will lift our mood and relax us.  

Seek out patterns in your fabrics or cushions that will co-ordinate and do not be afraid to use differing scales when mixing patterns - this creates interest and a sense of excitement.

This autumn in particular, with so many of us being forced to both live and work from home, colour will play an important part in our wellbeing and our emotions. Colours that lift our mood and textures that are soft and warm will increase our sense of wellbeing and promote happiness during the darkest and coldest time of the year. 

03 | Accessorise and create tablescapes

Beautiful objects do not need to be expensive.  Look for items with interesting shapes, colours and textures and then arrange the items in such a way that shapes overlap and create depth and visual interest.

Searching boot sales, junk shops or jumble sales will yield all sorts of exciting finds.  Seek items that are unusual and provoke interest.  All sorts of humble objects become interesting when displayed with thought.

Adding flowers creates depth but avoid arrangements that are too formal and use vases that have clean lines and are not too fussy. Seek out different colours and textures in your garden and the hedgerows to create interesting displays.

Finally, avoid cluttered tablescapes on sofa tables - it is essential to leave space for a book or drinking glass.

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