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There is a general rule in design when it comes to colour, stick to nature and you can’t go wrong. Wonderful I think as there is every colour in nature, even my favoured über bright orange. This is not however what they mean. For colours to work in interiors, as in fashion, they must be harmonious as they are in nature. You do not step out of your door see the multitude of greens in the grass and trees on a backdrop of hazy blues and think, ghastly as the orange sunrise mashes itself into the picture. Of course you don’t, you gaze in awe and the misery of having to leave such a sight and go to work to your gray cubicle, white retail space or other drab interior. Unless you are lucky and work in a beautiful place. I’m yet to have such a pleasure. I digress.The Autumnal palette is a favourite for interior design success (providing you like these colours). The natural fading of the leaves gives a range of colour that is prominent in good wood furniture, light and sleek with attention in all the right details like edging. Green cushions and hued blue walls can add subservient attraction to statement furniture pieces. All the while the natural flow from outdoors to in will add comfort to your surroundings, avoiding garish and otherwise ‘unnatural’ colour.To top it all off, using a natural palette has many complimenting variations and thus allows for your to change your soft furnishings, decorations and other low-cost interior features to alter the feel of your room. We usually change the living room cushions entering summer to bright blue, over the warm purple in use through winter.

Click for larger version.Photos from Chambers Interiors & Jamie Herzlinger

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