This colour is a colour creatively (I think!) called Raisin. A colour that is a little bit red and a little bit brown – but not maroon. Reminiscent of American barns as seen in the naïve paintings of Grandma Moses, or patches of autumn leaves, this colour makes a rich strong statement that is neither dull not flat.

Here are some suggestions for incorporating it into your colour scheme:

– Use it in touches with cream and a dusty brown-pink

– Team with light olive, deep olive, or a deeper sludgy black-green

– A tiny ‘pop’ of a reddish orange, in say napkin embellishment for liveliness

– A deep or sludgy mustard colour

– Taupe

– Pewter, brass, bronze, gilded candlesticks, ornate mirrors

– Ornate metal dishes with filigree and other detailing to lighten the scheme

– Emphasis on textured, lustred fabrics to add movement and light, velvet

– A sitting room with deep sofas, lots of cushions, birdcages, candles, pewter dishes of ‘sweetmeats’, sherry and port served before and after

– Dark stained wood

– Chandeliers

– Voluptuous greenery, deep red to ‘black’ roses, ‘black’ Asiatic lilies, succulents especially those with a purplish/black tinge (e.g. Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’), the occasional mustard or orange coloured flower, dark red berries, strong sculptural leaves such as dracaena, autumn leaves, branches of persimmons

– Australian natives such as leucodendron, brown boronia, smoke bush, bronze coloured teatree

– Bowls of pomegranates, persimmons, plums, nuts in their shells, russet seed pods

– Crockery or linen in your chosen secondary colour e.g. raisin linen, with deep mustard and/or deep olive crockery, pewter or brushed stainless steel flatware.

– Monograms

– Dark wine lips

– A simple bridal dress in lustrous cream fabric – see Kat Stewart’s J’Aton dress at the Logies – caught at the side with a beautiful jewel in raisin, olive and mustard


Pear Raisin Chutney from Martha Stewart, Earrings from Exotic India, Makeup look from Instyle Weddings, Flowers from Pronovias via Brides