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Trend Report: Autumnal Reds In Interiors

As I sit at my table writing this post I am looking out of the window onto my sunlit garden but you can tell that autumn is well and truly here now. At the back of the garden I can see my neighbours’ tree covered in beautiful bright red and orangey leaves. When my interior magazines arrived at the beginning of the month I noticed that these autumnal colours are reflected in interiors this season. Just look at the covers of Elle Decoration.


Elle Decoration November 2018

The trend seems to be an extension and evolution of fashion for pink, but while I enthusiastically embraced dusty pinks and still completely in love with them, my attitude to red particularly in interiors has been difficult.

I always preferred to stay away from them as they brought to mind images of old dilapidated hotels and pubs. But their contemporary interpretation offers some striking examples. If used extensively it is bound to make an impact but it is for the brave. Just look look at this bold usage of colour in the interior below!


by Romain Ricard

The trend is embraced by a variety of major brands.

Farrow & Ball that have recently launched a set of 9 new colours have added similarly rich Preference red to its palette. Their colour consultant Joa Studholme comments in her interview with Elle Decoration that the colour with its Baroque quality is reminiscent of ancient drapes used in Venetian palaces. Thinking about this it is exactly the associations deep reds evoke in me. However instead of drapes it is now being used in contemporary looking design and decor updating it for modern day.


Farrow and Ball Preference Red

But the autumnal colour palette is not only about deep burgundy reds. It is also about rusty orange and dark pinks, like another new Farrow & Ball colour Sulking Room Pink, inspired by traditional ladies’ boudoirs, not as dramatic but so beautiful, soft, warm and easy to use.


Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink

And as for the autumn rust I can’t resist including this simple yet striking image with an interior by Natalie Dubrovska, where rust colour is expertly used as an accent in an neutral environment.


Design: Natalie Dubrovska, Dubrovska Studio

Many brands have adopted the trend and feature interiors and products in these colours. Ferm Living has a particularly extensive selection in this colour scheme.


Ferm Living


If you want to update your home with on of these colours of the season, there are multiple choices on the market at the moment. Here is my selection from some of my favourite brands:




Salon Purse – Flower Rust, Ferm Living £59 / “Lia” bedspread, House Doctor from £154 / “Loafer” armchair by Space Copenhagen, from £1,595, &Tradition / Plant Box, Ferm Living £159 / String Pocket Shelf, Made In Design £115 / Abstract Cushion Wine, Tom Dixon £100 / Stoneware cup, H&M 4.99 / Beetle Lounge Chair, Gubi, from €1,299.00

Featured image: The Home by Ferm Living




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