Comforting colours meets rustic-luxe styling


This autumn, design trends will embrace a rustic-luxe look, with rich, natural colours, mid-tone timbers and simple yet sophisticated styling.

As the weather cools and our thoughts turn to retreating indoors, the look is all about bringing the outside in and creating cosy, joyful spaces that nurture and inspire.

Set against a backdrop of warm timber and honeyed leather, expect to see soft grey-green – this season’s ‘new neutral’ – paired with shades of olive, dusty pink, and invigorating accents of rich, blue-green and ochre to create a sumptuous look that’s grounded in nature.

Dulux Colour and Communications Manager Andrea Lucena-Orr explained how this season’s colours draw from nature and plug into our collective desire to slow down and reconnect with the natural world.

“(This season’s) rich greens and accent of burnished gold feels comforting and uplifting. Together, they create a wonderful backdrop for interesting collections and spaces that tell a story,” she said.

“Striking combinations, such as verdant green, chocolate, umber and sienna set a playful, optimistic tone, while soft, green-based grey has emerged as the neutral – and the ideal pairing for these nature-based hues.

“There’s a sense of quiet luxury to this look, but it doesn’t come down to extravagant finishes or accessories. Rather, it’s the layering of natural colours and textures – richly grained timber, time-worn leather, cork and tactile velvets.

“There’s also a mindful appreciation of the humble and handcrafted simple pieces – whether they’ve been collected on your travels or found in vintage stores.”

When autumn arrives and the temperature drops, many of us get the urge to refresh our interiors knowing we will be spending more time indoors.

“Evenings snuggled up on the sofa or entertaining friends around the dinner table takes on a whole new appeal,” Andrea said.

“The colours and textures we surround ourselves with play a huge role in creating a warm and cocooning vibe that we crave.”

To create this look in your own home, start by looking for ways to add colour, suggests Andrea.

“If you’re feeling bold, go for a feature wall in rich green or blue-green or if you prefer a more understated look, paint the backdrop of your room in this season’s subtle grey-green. Contrast is key to making this scheme work, so introduce doses of other colours such as terracotta, chocolate or burnt orange in varying amounts within the room,” she said.

“Complete the look with warm timber tones and buttery leathers in furniture and accessories. For an unexpected, contemporary twist, consider adding a sense of organic rawness using concrete by painting a tabletop, planters or a feature wall.”

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