Find out how to work this seasons hottest colours into your home interior
If you’re looking for decorating inspiration, then colour is always a good place to start. One of the biggest colour trends of late, is earthy, muted ochre and terracotta tones found in the desert landscape. It’s all about dulled-down shades that blend in with nature, creating a calm and grounded interior colour scheme.
“Colours have been determined to disconnect us from digital screens and busy-ness, essentially connecting us with more authentic, grounded experiences,” says interior stylist Heidi Albertiri of The Lifestyle Edit.
Earthy tones provide a relaxing and nurturing contrast to the shiny, metallic finishes that are part and parcel of technology. Many of us feel a slave to all the demands of social media and we all seem to live on our mobile phones, so these desert tones provide a space for us to recharge, to remember where we are from and to ground ourselves.
Terracotta is taking over the interior design scene and it’s come a long way from its glory days in the 70s. Shiny, red terracotta tiles have been replaced with matte and muted, earthy terracotta tile designs in a huge range of shapes and styles. From tiles to brick, terracotta tones can add warmth to any room of the house – or outside.
Earthy interior colour schemes
It’s not just in tiles that this traditional tone is coming through; it’s appearing in homewares such as dinner sets, vases, light fittings, furnishings and bed linen.
Layering these colours in a bedroom will have a cocooning effect, perfectly suited for the cooler seasons when we allow ourselves delicious extra time wrapped up in bed.
Earthy exterior colour schemes
Earthy tones aren’t reserved for interiors. Muddy tones, derived from stone and earth, are a perfect fit for house exteriors as they complement the harsh Australian surrounds, which are quite different from anywhere else in the world.
Greyed yellows, burnt oranges and rich, deep browny reds provide a wide range of accent colours, and are a great addition to most interior and exterior colour schemes. They work equally well with a grey palette and can easily be incorporated into existing schemes in a lot of ways.
To start, try painting the front door in a warm, earthy tone, add in glazed feature pots or try adding warmth with earthy home decor accessories. The colours are easy to add to any interior scheme simply because they make us feel comfortable, as they connect us to the earth.