With autumn on its way, we are coveting all things cosy and looking for ways to dress our nest. 

One place we always turn to for all things interiors inspiration? Dulux. We asked one of their design experts, Andrea Lucena-Orr, to share her top tips for getting our homes ready for the cooler seasons.

“Most of us are still spending a  lot of time at home, and after a tough year, we’re all ready  for a change,” says Andrea. “Colour can bring joy to every corner of your home, breathing new life into tired spaces and helping you fall back in love with where you live.”

According to Dulux, the autumn/winter season will centre on on-trend earthy tones like buff, ochre and olive, balanced with cool, greyish white to create a sense of calm.

“These colours are like a gentle hug –  warm, comforting and grounding,” says Andrea. “There’s a lightness and optimism to the palette that speaks of better times ahead.”

Read on to find out exactly how to incorporate these trending tones into your home during the cooler months.

Add texture
“Style an earthy palette like this with raw textures and natural finishes,” says Andrea, “Combine them with honey-toned timbers and plenty of natural light for a look that feels fresh and welcoming.”

  1. HK Living textured vase, $107.99, www.trouva.com 
  2. West Elm brass and bone mirror, $699, www.westelm.com.au 
  3. Manchester Collection Meridian throw, $149.95, www.manchestercollection.com.au

Consider the view
“When you’re layering tonal colours like this, step back and view the room as a whole before deciding what to apply where,” says Andrea. “Add one or two statement pieces in richer hues: this grounds your palette and creates a sense of balance.”

Photography by Lisa Cohen for Dulux

Avoid clutter
“To keep the look calm and open, leave plenty of breathing space around furniture and décor items,” says Andrea. “This also helps show off their beautiful shapes.”

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