By: Ali Maldoff
As we all prepare to welcome Fall into our homes, we can officially leave the light, breezy hues of summer behind and turn to the deeper, more muted shades of this dramatic season. The classic colours associated with autumn such as burnt oranges, brick reds, dark plums, and deep cranberries are certainly back, and bolder than ever; strong, but never bright.
If spring stands for childhood and summer for teenage frivolity, then fall 2011 is all grown up! “Bright, crisp colours feel somewhat junior now,” explains design expert, Karl Lohnes, “the colours of fall are dramatic, strong, and definitely sophisticated.”
(left) Karl Lohnes
Some may recognize these trendy tones as those that defined fashion and décor of the ’70s and ’80s. “But when styles return, they rarely come back the same way” says Lohnes. Deep reds, and rusty oranges have reappeared in more formal textures like silk, rather than the casual corduroy and heavy fabrics of their past lives.
“We are still seeing warm greys and cool taupes as the ultimate neutral, but pops of colour on a focal point or accessory are fun ways to bring in colour without a major commitment,” says Lohnes. Adding small kicks of deep purple, brick red, or dark orange to an accent wall, a great pillow, a glass lamp, or two side chairs in a living room can make a big impact and provide endless possibilities for creativity.
The best way to incorporate the sophisticated drama of fall’s hottest hues is to contain it to small areas. This means enjoying colour in small doses without completely redoing your home. One refreshingly unexpected place Lohnes sees fit for a change is the interior of your closet. “Painting the inside walls in a bold, high-gloss colour means getting a big burst of shine every time you open the door,” says Lohnes. These sumptuous colours can also be used to perk up forgotten spaces like small ceiling areas in an entryway or powder room.
Beyond walls and ceilings, furniture can also be updated with a dash of drama. The interior of an armoire or china cabinet could be painted or wallpapered to leave just a hint of colour and texture peeking through. “Paint is changing the look as well as colour,” adds Lohnes, “a high-gloss provides sheen and shine, allowing hits of colour to really stand out, adding glamour to your home.”
Whether in paint, on furniture, or with big bold accessories, the rich tones of fall are certain to bring both modern and more traditional homes into the dramatic days of autumn.
Karl Lohnes is a recognized expert in all things design and the home, and has contributed to HGTV, Style at Home, CTV’s Canada AM, and CHUM FM’s All About Style. Catch Karl at the International Home Show, on October 27th — 30th, in Mississauga, ON, (6900 Airport Road). The International Home Show will feature 250,000 sq.ft. of home improvement products and services, as well many more industry experts and personalities.