Give your home a new look for the changing season.
Autumn is the time in Hong Kong when the fiery summer heat finally starts to dissipate. It’s a time for dining alfresco and sipping drinks on terraces. It’s also the time when family from overseas always choose to visit and so we want to show off our homes (big and small) at their best.
Now that kids are settled back to school and things have returned to a steady routine, how about injecting a bit more colour and cohesion into the place where you spend most of your time?
There’s no doubt about it, Autumn is a time of rich colours and this season’s colour trends reflect this, both on the catwalk as well as in the world of home styling. A mood board like the one above from BoConcept can help you collect your favourite colours and see what they will look like alongside your current favourite pieces of furniture.
Sassy Mama tip: This guide from Dulux is a great refresher on complementary and contrasting colours.
When thinking which colours work for you, if in doubt, a great hint is to go to your wardrobe. Allow the colours you wear and are naturally drawn to, to guide your interior décor. Interior trends are often inspired by what’s hot on the catwalk, so trust your instincts when it comes to colour matching.
Jewel tones bring us comfort and are easy on the eye. Paired with soft velvets and other luxuriant fabrics, they can achieve a maximalist feel even in the limited space of Hong Kong apartments. Check out H&M Home’s styling by matching exuberant emerald greens and teals, with one of my personal favourites, ruby red.
Why not try contrasting darker colours to showcase lighter furniture? Light-coloured wood in general for furniture and floors is making a big comeback this season. There’s no doubt that this bookcase from Tree or the simple lines of this table and chairs sits perfectly against a richly-coloured backdrop.
This works well in kitchens as well as living rooms. Add unusual touches to your kitchen like artwork, plants and splashes of colour using ceramics or even your cabinetry to really make your woodwork stand out.
Current interior trends reflect gorgeous rich hues, but these are balanced with softer ochres and corals. Pale pink is becoming increasingly popular as a colour of choice for living rooms and interiors. Ikea has picked up on this trend in a major way (as in the room featured above), but a paler shade can also be paired with other colours as a neutral alternative to the standard white.
Cream is also making a comeback if Maison&Objet (the go-to trade fair for international interiors trends) is anything to go by. While in kids’ rooms, there is a push towards less gender-stereotypical colours with neutral shades.
Metallic light fittings and door handles continue to be going strong this Autumn and complement both cooler and warmer colours perfectly. Stepping away from rose gold, the trend is pushing towards other metallic colours. Try mixing gold and silver and even tarnished silver.
Interior design shows have been telling us for years that a quick and easy way to update kitchens is to change the hardware. Have you thought about switching up the door handles and cabinet pulls? These would add a touch of luxury to any room! A top tip is to buy sizes that match the holes you already have for an easy switch. Make sure you measure from the centre of the hole and ensure you can use the same sized screws as you currently have to get a good fit.
Colour helps gel different styles together. If you have eclectic taste, use statement pieces to bring all of your colours together. This mustard locker from Mirth, is a fun updated way to balance out both textures, colour and style.