Cosy up with autumnal shades

Cosy up with autumnal shades

 Autumn colours

As the weather begins to cool and the days grow shorter, our thoughts turn to autumn.

We love an excuse to update our decor, and there’s no reason why the interior of our homes shouldn’t reflect the changes outside. So why not embrace the season’s beautiful colours? The harvest months showcase the earth’s richest hues, from burnt oranges to metallic sheens.

We borrowed the above image of autumn leaves and its associated colour palette from the Littletree Designs blog, and it’s a great place to start with any seasonal scheme. Use of this warm, inviting colour palette will instantly add a cosy feel to any home.

 Much Oriental and Chinese furniture uses colours borrowed from autumn. Some of my favourite pieces from the Shimu collection are those in muted reds and oranges. I particularly like this antique painted grain cabinet dating from around 1900. The original lacquer remains and the original paintings can clearly be seen, showing figures in bright silk clothing including one who appears to be begging not to receive a flogging!

 Gansu antique grain cabinet As well as antiques, Shimu stocks a range of reproduction pieces, and our‘China Seasons’ collection includes many pieces which suit the shades of this season.

This range is made up of gorgeously lacquered and painted Chinese cabinets, each one handcrafted and finished using traditional techniques. Every item is unique – both individual and beautiful.

I love this pair of lacquer cabinets in a classic Chinese red. The doors and drawers are in a contrasting soft cream, decorated with monochrome paintings of a mountain landscape.

 Repro Chinese cabinets If buying new furniture is beyond your budget, why not mark the change of the season with an accessories update? Add warm rugs, throws and textiles, choose metallic vases and fluid ceramics, as well as shimmering bronzes like the selection featured below and all available online at
Chinese bronzes You’ll find lots more inspiration for autumn online at, and why not visit our Pinterest page for seasonal boards?


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