It’s currently raining in London as I write, there’s a definite chill in the air and all the feels that the seasonal shift is lying in wait, so I thought it may not be too early to talk autumnal tones in the home! I’m not usually persuaded by the heavy use autumnal hues, but back in the Spring I mentioned a homewares trend coming our way from our Scandinavian design cousins and they don’t show any sign of abating. I, for one, am smitten, this burgundy tone is a beautiful and punchy counterpoint to the new neutrals of muddy whites, Greige and brown-ish pinks that have started to filter through to our homes. Isn’t this image of the workspace at the Ferm Living House by Abi of These Four Walls blog (below) a glorious example of the colour popping magic of this shade?!
Like a flash of red lipstick, a punch of Bordeaux in homewares is always cheerful. I’m not much of a one for red lips as it happens (I won’t tell you what my brain says each time I apply it!) but I do hold to the addage of Kate Watson Smyth (who recently painted her own living room a deep plum) that you should use your wardrobe as a reference point for colour in the home. Bordeaux, burgundy and rust have been all over the catwalk (as my wardrobe attests, I now have t shirts, tops, jumpers, a handbag and even my new winter coat in this Bordeaux shade) and where fashion goes homeware follows suit.
Equally at home against simple grey or beige tones, bordeaux (or burgundy) can look absolutely incredible in bold pink schemes like the image above from Incy Interiors with their Sybilla headboard and Design House Stockholm knot cushions. Whilst I usually dislike red or purple, when these two shades are mixed together something magic happens. It feels like an autumnal shade, but actually I’ve been happy using it all year round in the home. Our living room which was painted in a muddy pink called Dead Salmon in December is accented by greys, wood, and a steady influx of burgundy. So, today I thought I’d share some of my favourite pieces from a current trawl of the highstreet. Could you live with burgundy? Which would you choose? I’d love to hear your comments below.