It may be starting to get dark outside, but we’re all about having fun this month. With leaves suddenly taking on wonderful, vibrant tones of bright reds and orange, conkers starting to fall - ready to be collected and with Halloween just around the corner, we say, forget the dull shades. It’s time to embrace the season - and the big kid inside you - and get playful with colour in the home.

Modern, contemporary, traditional or industrial, colour can work with any interior style. And, with our tricks and treats, adding a colourful splash in the home has never been easier.

Jenny’s natural take on colour: 

“I love going outside on a crisp Autumn morning to get away from my flat and absorb the fresh air. There’s something so childish and fun about wandering through piles of colourful leaves. They looked especially nice that morning, and the white from my shoes made them look even better” - Jenny, Rotherham.

  • For a simpler take on colour, team a crisp white or pale cream room with one bold, playful colour such as a cherry red for a modern, understated look. Either introduce one oversized statement piece, or trickle the colour in with small soft furnishings and accessories.
  • Find the lighter side and opt for accents of soft, earthy orange and yellows against dark walls. They will instantly lift a room.

Grace’s subtle sugary shades:

“Come the end of September and the beginning of October, as soon as it even gets slightly cold outside I crave sugary, fattening treats that are awful for me. Warm, fresh jam doughnuts with a cup of hot tea are my ultimate, wicked treat and remind me of being a kid. I still try to eat them without licking my lips!” - Grace, Brighton.

  • Pick one colour you love, then look for four varying shades from its colour spectrum. We love a deep, oxblood red when it’s teamed with pale pink, red tinged with brown and a barely there white for a look that is rich with depth.
  • Pastels can be easily brought from summer to winter. Rather than opting for the more summery candy tones, find sophisticated shades of pastel grey, brown and sand for a playful, yet sophisticated look.

Emily’s bright, sweet inspiration:

“The kids came home from their after-school club last year giddy from sugar and laden with sweets. We hadn’t even begun the trick or treating rounds yet and they were already buzzing balls of energy!” - Mum Emily and her trio of trouble, Thomas, Elle and Sophie, Birmingham.

  • Throw yourself into playful colours and create a space that little ones will adore. Don’t worry about clashing- as long as you have three to five different tones, and use trinkets, cushions and accessories for an eccentric look. Purple, Yellow and pale greens look wonderful together, and a backdrop of white or a pale, neutral tone will pull it together.
  • Make a statement in a room with bright lime green, yellow or post-box red. Use soft furnishings for a quick and easy way to update a space without committing to paint.

Emily’s pumpkin brights:

“Orange is my favourite colour, and the colour from these pumpkins made me stop in my tracks. I was at a patch picking out the perfect one to carve with the kids and make pumpkin pie from! I really liked how the green and light browns looked with the bright orange colour.” – Emma, Blackpool.

  • Take an elegant approach to colour and mix sumptuous orange gold tones with soft browns and creams. A buttermilk wall accentuated with a gold wall trim instantly adds a sense of luxury.
  • Balance bright orange with a deep indigo or navy tone for a play on a classic look. Neon orange cushions work well against inky blue sofas, and the occasional white cushion will tone down the look.

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