After the glorious greens of summer, the leaves of trees and shrubs start to become golden, signaling an intense crescendo of colour . You can’t help but be amazed by the variety of yellows, reds, oranges and golds, a display that’s especially well-known in New England, in North America. But have you ever stopped to wonder what makes the leaves turn from green to gold?
It’s all caused by a reaction in the vegetation to the fading sunlight. The chlorophyll in the leaves breaks down to reveal the carotenoids hidden beneath, stripping away the green and colouring the leaves all types of vibrant shades.
If autumnal shades make your heart sing, look to golden colours like honey, pumpkin, marigold, auburn and copper. Try recreating this colour combination at home by pairing golden yellows and oranges in varying shades or add a sophisticated warm neutral, like mocha or cinnamon, to balance out the vibrancy of the gold.