After the glorious greens of summer, the leaves of trees of shrubs start to become golden, starting an intense crescendo of colour. You can’t help but be amazed by the variety of yellows, reds, oranges and golds. 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 foliage to the diminishing sunlight. The chlorophyll in the leaves breaks down to reveal the carotenoids hidden beneath, stripping away the green and colouring the leaves all kinds of vibrant shades.
If autumnal shades make your heart sing, 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.