Autumn Style: Natural Colours & A Hint Of Halloween
By Linda Parker
There’s been a big switch in colour themes in the last few weeks, with a welcome emergence of rich olive greens, warmer rusty pinks and lots of textures and natural shades. Here’s some of our favourite looks for autumn and winter and of course, a little taster for Halloween…
NEW AUTUMN SHADES FROM YESCOLOURS
Joyful Orange is a new shade from YesColours, described as a burnt orange with an undertone of red – the perfect autumnal shade. I’m a big fan of orange for the kitchen – it’s warm and cheerful and looks good with darker shades such as charcoal, black and deep brown. And of course, works as a zingy contrast to white and ivory shades. Emma Bestley, Co-Founder & Creative Director of YesColours says ‘If you want that cocooning immersive experience, colour-drench the room, including the ceiling, with this rich, sumptuous hue. The grounding colour will keep you calm and enveloped, whilst creating that wow-factor’.
JOHN LEWIS OF HUNGERFORD’S NEW FLUTED FINISH
We love a tactile, natural finish and the new Fluted finish can be included as an accent feature across the John Lewis of Hungerford collections, which include classic Shaker and the contemporary Pure. Fluted is available in plain oak, and also as a painted finish, using any of the shades featured in the Paint Range.
THE FLUTED FINISH IN OAK
The John Lewis of Hungerford Fluted finish used as a back panel for the island; there is also a Fluted glass design which is also available for glass cabinet door panels. This simple colour scheme is a combination of white and oak, with accents of natural materials for the pendants, stool tops and smaller accessories such as the pots and fruit bowl.
COSY CHOICES FOR AUTUMNAL DINING ROOMS
Continue the autumnal theme through to the dining room, creating warm look with colour and texture. Natural hedgerow or garden greenery can emphasise the scheme – perhaps add some red and yellow foliage too as the leaves begin to change colour. All items here from John Lewis stores, the dining chairs are X-Ray Leather in oak and camel, the table is also X-Ray , the six to eight extending model in oak.
ZIG ZAG FEATURE FLOORING BY CRUCIAL TRADING
Update a colour scheme whilst also adding texture and colour … This is the stunning Fabulous in Emerald by Crucial Trading. Other colour options include Diamond, Ruby and Opal, providing a fantastic range of focal-point colours to add highlights to your décor. Available in 5m width, as well as stair carpet and made-to-order rugs.
THAT 1970s COLOUR VIBE FROM VICTORY COLOURS
Strangely Brown No. 75 could add just the right element of retro-colour to a kitchen or bathroom; we’re thinking that it would work with a strong shade of orange or pink. From Victory Colours in various finishes, including Matt Emulsion, Kitchen/Bathroom Soft Sheen, and Interior and Exterior Eggshells for wood and metal.
COMPACT CHOICE – POPOLO BLACK BASIN BY CROSSWATER
Spruce up the bathroom or cloakroom in time for Christmas (if you get going now!) with a new basin and perhaps some new tiles. This is the Popolo Cloakroom Basin in Matt Black, the left-handed version. Also available in Matt White and Gloss White, in left and right-handed versions. For a similar tiled look, try Artesano Rose Mallow Wall Tiles from Tile Mountain
LUST HOME … BACK TO THE 70s WALLPAPER
What a wonderful colour combination … imagine this in the dining area of a black or olive green kitchen. This is Groovy Baby Wallpaper in mulberry, coral, emerald and military green. There’s also Aquamarine, Candy Pink and Sunset Pink colour options. Perfect for a swathe of colour between upstand and wall cabinets.
NEW TRENDS WITH SMILE KITCHENS
Dawn Filkins, Head of Creative at Smile Kitchens, says that 2023 will bring a shift towards warmer, more neutral tones. ‘The comforting blend of a soft, neutral palette enables homeowners to encapsulate the serenity of the natural world in their homes’. This is the Jasper design, which is also available in a dark green.
MIXED METALS BY SMILE KITCHENS
She continues, ‘We have seen huge demand from customers for brass, gold, copper and other coloured metals that veer away from standard chrome. From introducing a flash of colour handles right through to full, hammered copper splashbacks we expect to see more customers embracing the smooth, tactile coolness of metal. What’s great about metals is that they work in both modern and traditional kitchens – with both neutrals and with colour. This is Leende from Smile Kitchens.
GREEN SCHEMES FROM TILE MOUNTAIN
HALLOWEEN IN STYLE BY ROCKETT ST GEORGE
If you’re a bit undecided about the style requirements for Halloween, and even think it’s a bit déclassé to go all-out skeletons and pumpkins, we’re sure that the Velvet Pumpkins by Rockett St George will change your mindset. They’re tactile and beautiful, and come in ivory, green and golden brown.
PUMPKIN SOUP WITH STAUB
Push the boat out for your Halloween party and add autumn/winter colour to your table with the Staub La Cocotte Cinnamon Pumpkin 24cm cast iron cocotte from Zwilling. This is the very delicious Miso Pumpkin Soup with Walnut and Sesame Seed Brittle. For the recipe, click here. Happy Halloween!