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Colour of Autumn // Neutral Brown

Autumn is normally one of those months that spells sudden crisp air, quickly shortening days, and a general move inside. But this year in Australia, autumn really hasn’t happened at all. We’ve had soft, sumptuous sunny days for seemingly months on end (I am not complaining!), but I know that the cold snap must be lurking just around the next bend… To prepare myself for the imminent oncoming of winter (not my favourite season, as you might have deduced) I’m reminding myself of all of the things I love about autumn; cool, quiet mornings, fresh days, and that wonderfully clear autumn light. Autumn also means long, cozy evenings and the reintegration of rich woolen coats into my wardrobe. No, these things don’t completely counteract the cold of the mid year months, but they do help to ease the pain.

In line with all of those things that are so nice about this season, I’ve put together a collection of spaces that invite one to come inside and relax – out of the cold wind and into the enveloping warmth of soft woolly textures and warm yellow light. I call these spaces basically a neutral brown – that base colour that is a bit greyed and a bit warm and just feels refined and classic. Making these kind of spaces is all about layering, textures, and patterns to create the real warmth, as you’ll see.

All images from Architectural Digest. Click through for original sources.


Design by Ann Holden.


Design by Jean Louis Deniot.


Texture on pattern on texture. Interiors by Lauren King.


A sumptuous, hotel-like bedroom by Murakami Design.


The autumnal, refined, elegant mood of Phillipe B Oates’ office library in Hollywood.


Not strictly brown, but definite overtones of comfy warmth. I had to put this wonderful space in here. Design by Mario Buatta.


Infinitely warm and cozy. Design by Mario Buatta.






About the Author:

Our principle designer Poppy is a Masters of Architecture graduate from the University of Newcastle, Australia. She graduated in 2013 with First Class Honours, received the Dean's Medal and was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter Masters of Architecture Graduate of the Year prize. In 2010, Poppy received the Eric Parker Travelling Scholarship encouraging the research and drawing of architecture.

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