Rust might be an earthy neutral, but there’s no escaping its stage presence. If you love its warmth but want more candle-flicker than roaring fireside in your room, use it as a secondary or tertiary colour.
Accents have different degrees of dominance too, of course. Picture using rust hues across all of your accessories and soft furnishings versus just on a few candles and maybe one lampshade.
Your first step is to decide how big on rust you want to go. Our Madeleine slipper chair upholstered in Harry Rust is a really lovely way to use rust as an accent. Use that alone and there’s your simple accent. Or, think about positioning it alongside a few scatter cushions on a bed or sofa – one of which could be pure rust, the other could be in our Samuel fabric which has just the occasional stripe in rust, and then add some of rust’s base colours, like the brown notes of Isla Grouse.
That’s another way to use rust as an accent – by using block colours of red, orange and brown throughout your room so that, when you step back, they combine to create a subtle nod to rust. Brown candles (like the Landscape scent from our Huxley collection, which is coming soon) on the mantelpiece, a tan leather footstool in the corner (try Milo in St James) or vintage radio on a side table or bookcase, a terracotta pot filled with seasonal cuttings on the window ledge, dark-stained floorboards or beams, a lamp table whose base is painted in Chestnut (try our circular Suffolk design) – little details like this, coloured appropriately, are your building blocks for giving rust a warm welcome into your home, without letting it get too carried away…