When I did a poll on my recent Instagram Stories, the Habitat seasonal room set that got the most votes was Autumn, but only by a smidge! It was actually pretty evenly matched across the four seasons, which just goes to show this really works! No matter what the time of year or what paint colour is in vogue, people have a real pull towards their Seasonal personality. If you’re not sure which one you are yet, read on! (you can catch up on posts Spring here and Summer here too, if you missed them).
Autumn is an exciting time of year- like Spring it’s another season of quick change and a burst of activity. The landscape quickly becomes striking and intense. Leaves change to the most amazing intense fiery reds and burnt oranges, often set against rich blue skies. It’s harvest time too so a real season of abundance as activity steps up a pace to get everything prepared; chop the logs, clear the garden, light bonfires and generally get the house in order ready for the long forthcoming winter.
Like Spring, Autumn personalities are externally motivated and perceived to be busy people. They are typically fiery, full of passion, integrity and drive, and often with a cause! They have flamboyant outgoing personalities and are often fun to be around along as you they don’t get on their soap box!
Like the landscape, an Autumn interior will favour those intense colours that have a real richness and warmth to them. But don’t just think of the clichéd autumn colours being just the russets and the olive greens. With the seasonal personalities you have all colours (apart from Black, that’s a winter colour only) but in different tones. Autumn colours have a jewel like quality to them and patterns will feel richly detailed. Their love of travel and the arts means they’ll be drawn to hand made and artisan so hammered metal, crewel-work, block printing and hand knotted rugs will all find a place in an Autumn interior.
They are big lovers of nature and you’ll see this reflected in their home with the choice of materials they use to furnish it; wood, exposed stone and brick, cotton, jute and pottery and anything organic. They love to celebrate craftsmanship so objects with often have the thumbprint of the handmade on them.
Autumn personality love education so they’ll definitely have a library of books in their home but they have to be careful their collecting tendencies don’t break into hoarding! Ultimately they love a layered look as they love to make a house feel homely, warm, cosy and inviting. Their love of heritage means they’ll feel most at home in a period property and will fill it with vintage and up-cycled items. Rarely inspired by trends they’ll look to the past for inspiration.
You can shop for this look over on the Habitat website were everything is listed here. To find out more about Colour Psychology and how to create your own authentic interior design scheme why not sign up for one of my forthcoming Colour workshops here.
Habitat photographs by Lol Johnson.