As the thermometer dips, Reds, Golds and Oranges are warming up this autumn.
These welcoming hues bring warmth and comfort and add a little spice
to your home and hearth.
D E S I G N D I S C O V E R I E S
The changing colors of leaves can provide inspiration for interior decor, but why do they change color in the fall?
As summer ends and autumn comes, the days get shorter and the trees “know” to begin getting ready for winter. During winter, there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis. The green chlorophyll disappears from the leaves. As the bright green fades away, we begin to see yellow and orange colors. In some trees, like maples, glucose is trapped in the leaves after photosynthesis stops. Sunlight and the cool nights of autumn cause the leaves to turn the glucose into a red color.
Earth pigments are naturally occurring minerals, principally iron oxides, that people have used in paints for thousands of years for their natural color. These natural pigments are found in rocks and soils around the world, where different combinations of minerals create vibrant colors that are unique to the regional landscapes. Some earth pigments are roasted in order to intensify their color. Earth pigments include ochers, sienna, and umbers.
OCHERS come from naturally tinted clay containing mineral oxides. Among the oldest pigments known to humankind, ochers have been used by Aboriginal people in Australia for thousands of years for painting, body decoration, ceremonial practices, and the preservation of animals skins. Available in a range of yellows, golds, and reds.
UMBERS are clay pigment that contains iron and manganese oxides. The name is said to be derived from the Latin word umbra (shadow) or from the mountainous Italian region of Umbria, where umber was originally extracted. Unearthed umbers are harvested from Italy, Ardennes, and the island of Cyprus. Darker in color than ochers and sienna. Colors range from cream to brown, depending on the ratio of iron and manganese compounds.
AND look to your spice rack for rich earthy tones of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, ginger, paprika, curry and turmeric.