As thoughts turn to making your home cosier for colder weather, Autumn is the perfect time to take inspiration from your country surroundings. Autumn colours and textures bring such warmth and work perfectly with relaxed country interiors. Below are my top 3 design tips.
1. USE YOUR SURROUNDINGS AS INSPIRATION
For me Sussex and my childhood home of Kent provide wonderful inspiration. If you are lucky enough to live near the South Downs you can’t fail to be inspired by your surroundings. Green brings freshness and is a great way to bring the outside in. Every day on my daily walks with my two Labradors I see combinations of colours I love. Take photos when you are out and use them for colour combination ideas.
2. GREEN SHOULD BE AT THE CENTRE OF YOUR COLOUR PALETTE
Green is a colour that works throughout the year. In Autumn it takes on a more muted tones as leaves start to change. These muted greens work beautifully with other muted colours such as yellow and red. I love this palette. Combine with a textured rug and the green velvet and it feels welcoming and warm. I have also written a post on other colour scheme ideas here.
The other way to work an Autumn palette is to bring in brighter orange tones and lots of texture. I love using brighter orange and green piping with classic fabrics and furniture. Very simple details like this make all the difference and bring a more modern touch to a country scheme.
3. TAKE INSPIRATION FROM AUTUMN TEXTURES FOR LIGHTING
Autumn leaves have such depth and interest once they start to change colour. Use this textural inspiration when choosing lighting for your country home.
These Porta Romana lamps are inspired by nature and would look wonderful in a country living room. The texture adds another layer in interest and is a real statement piece.
Another example is this stunning chandelier by Cox Lighting. Pieces like this look great over dining room tables and stairwells in country homes. I am waiting for the right project to use this in but it’s at the top of my wish list!
For more advice on creating relaxed country interiors or are looking for Interior Design in Sussex; do get in contact with me at email@example.com. I’d love to hear from you! With Winter fast approaching I’ve also written a guide to my selection of the best shops in Sussex for Christmas gifts.