That Autumn Feeling, by Laura

When we think of autumn we think deep purples, reds and browns. We think of winter on the horizon, gathering the blankets and throws, the thick socks and scarfs. Even if the weather isn’t on our side, we can still have some fun with our interiors, it is where we will be spending most of our time after all…

ABOUT THE COLOURS …

If you feel like you need to kick start your autumn designs in the right direction, you will find a friend in PANTONE’s colour of the year for 2015, Marsala. PANTONE describe it as an earthy wine red, which feels naturally robust. They say it will enrich our minds, bodies and souls… what more could we need to get over our summer blues?

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I began Curve’s 2015 Autumn Pinterest board with a little help from Marsala. I love the warm red tones that float in at this time of year. They let us know winter is on its way and give that typical autumnal feel, the warm tones of the leaves falling from trees and the sudden shift of colours in fashion. We’ve even seen Lucy donning her new autumnal tone jeans! When you focus on what the colour has to give, you can see how much potential it has and how it can look great with many different colours. Marsala and shades alike can be used as accent colours for entire rooms or paired alongside others to create either bold or subtle colour schemes. Use colours such as pale dusky pinks can work beautifully with the warmth of Marsala. To keep a contemporary edge on your autumn style you can pair these with a light grey.

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If you are feeling a more modern twist this autumn, you can remove the Marsala shades completely and go darker with the greys, introduce warmth with gold and copper tones which have been, and will continue to be one of 2015’s most popular colour to add into homes. Copper and rosy toned golds made their way into our lives last summer with everything from tea cups to jewellery and have hit the high street hard making them very accessible and a pocket friendly trend to add to your home. They can look beautiful with deep reds and when used with certain textures and patterns they ooze a Moroccan vibe. If you’re feeling the itch to move onto something new, you can dip further into the yellow side of things and mix this with your Marsala shade of choice.

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Yellow can be used as a nice pop of colour in rooms painted with darker tones. It is great within prints like this yellow and purple autumn print that will add that autumn atmosphere to your home. I particularly love yellow paired with turquoise blues and greys. This is a step away from the typical tones of autumn and something more verging on Scandinavian design – simplicity is the key! Think of a hazy crisp morning with the sun breaking through the clouds – muted tones of yellow, blue and grey always give me the feeling of welcoming in the winter and being one step closer to Christmas. Its a more minimalistic way to introduce autumn within your interior of choice and one which can see you through the year. Yellow and blue hues are simple and delicate enough to use within any desired trends but bold enough to make a statement.

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Blues also work beautiful with the warm red and purple tones and there is a definite trend when it comes to this pairing. It plays to the “robust” feel which PANTONE labeled Marsala and takes the colour into a more interesting direction. You can pair these two shades subtly or go all out with deep shades from each pallet. The warmer tones do sway more towards the typical autumnal feel whereas the subtle tones and using more blue gives you that cool crisp morning feeling which will be great with cosy knits and cushions.

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ABOUT THE BRANDS …

Mulberry’s new Bohemian Travels collection is full of beautiful fabrics and wallpapers which are excellent for autumn! They are focusing a lot of their images in their brochure around blues and neutrals. The blues are bright and mixed with various fabrics and textures, they are also using deep purples and reds alongside mixed patterns. The whole brochure gives off a very bold statement so if you’re looking for something a little different this season, you know where to go!

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French Connection have included lots of greys and natural distressed materials into their autumn/winter collection alongside muted blues and highlights of gold/copper. It is very different to what Mulberry have to offer, both brands have taken autumn into their own direction, creating equally as beautiful interiors. Keeping with another trend of 2015, they are recommending marble accessories to add sophistication! They also have a few subtle patterns running through their collection with nothing too bold or statement that it wouldn’t be out of place for when SS16 rolls around. The rustic vibe of French Connections collection will mix beautifully with the Marsala tones by using accessories, cushions and throws to create an inviting space to settle down for the winter. 

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Thank you Laura, you have made us feel better about the weather turning colder!

You can see Curve’s Autumn Pinterest board here …

https://www.pinterest.com/curveinterior/autumn-2015/

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