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How to Use Autumn’s New Colours at Home

How to Use Autumn’s New Colours at Home

Image credit: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Kinship Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker

This season’s new interior trends are bold and beautiful. Here’s how to use them and give your home a whole new look.

Interior Colour: Terracotta

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Image credit: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Kinship Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker

As winter starts to draw in, terracotta and earthy tones are the perfect way to dial up the cosiness at home. “This colour palette exudes warmth, but in a sophisticated and contemporary way,” says Dulux colour expert Andrea Lucena-Orr. “You needn’t be nervous about introducing deep colours to your space; even a small amount of these richer hues against a white or neutral background can make a big impact.”

"If you’re ready to get the paintbrush out, painting the front door or the edge of some shelving in this colour can work really well", says Lucena-Orr. If you’d prefer to simply accessorise, “introduce furniture and accessories in warm, natural materials. Look for cushions and rugs that pick up on earthy shades, and layer them for impact. Create a tonal vignette displaying vases in different shades of the one colour and display them on a hallway table or mantelpiece.” She adds: “This colour lends itself well to patterns, embroidery, fringing and tassel detailing. Use accents of black in furniture and artwork to ground your scheme.”

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Image credit: Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Kinship Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker

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Interior Colour: Sage

This grey-green tone is no longer just for old people. “Sage is a calming colour and can look fresh and modern when used in the right way,” says interior stylist and co-founder at The Decorating School, Emma Blomfeld. “To make it work, avoid using it on large dominant pieces. Instead, stick to soft furnishings such as scatter cushions or an occasional chair in your bedroom for a relaxing touch.” To prevent the colour looking like it belongs in an old people’s home, “use it as a single block colour rather than mixing it into patterns or prints,” advises Blomfeld.

Sage can work well in baby’s rooms as an interesting alternative to pinks or blues. To create a soft muted palette, “team sage with other pastel tones such as coral or pink,” says Blomfeld. For a stronger look, “mix it with crisp white or navy for a traditional yet on-trend take.”

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Interior Colour: Mustard

You might think mustard belongs firmly in the seventies but this autumn the hue is back – albeit with a 21st century twist. “Mustard is a very dominant colour so will demand attention,” says Blomfeld. “The key to making it look modern is to ensure you use small pieces of it throughout your home, rather than going overboard. That means avoid painting walls in mustard tones, be careful how much you use in small spaces to avoid it overpowering a room, and use it sparingly on furniture or accessories. A smaller accent piece of furniture looks great in a mustard tone, as do cushions and other textiles such as curtains.”

If you’re including pieces of mustard furniture in a room, accessorising cleverly is the key to making the room on-trend rather than old. “Lots of texture is really important against this colour,” says Blomfeld. “Macrame wall hangings, hemp rugs and woollen throws work all really well.”

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