Ah autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, and, for interiors lovers, time to put away the Pinboards of Bali beach houses for another year and focus on cosier spaces and colour schemes. It’s when one’s mind instead gravitates towards the woods, to a humble cottage with a wood burner instead of a sun-deck, and time for warming, natural colour schemes in place of those bright blues and hot pinks of summer.
In preparation for the annual shift of style we’ve been taking inspiration from an unusual source – this Instagram account dedicated solely to pictures of mushrooms. The colours are just the right sort of thing – rusts and browns and moss greens against piquant purples. From the soft nude hues of Panellus stipticus clustered on a fallen log to the acid yellow of Leotia atrovirens, the range of colours within the fungi kingdom is blowing our minds and setting the tone for an organic, outdoorsy decorating palette.
The Instagram account is called The Mushroom Ninja, and it’s the work of Baltimore-based student Ryan Grastorf. In an attempt to reduce stress in his life Ryan began hiking in local woods and documenting the fungi he found on the forest floor. Today he has photographed over 150 varieties of mushroom and his hiking excursions are now daily foraging trips.
While many people would prefer to see their mushrooms on a plate or not at all, his images document not just the variant and vibrancy of the fungi’s colours, they also highlights the incredible detail of pattern and structure that they encompass. Delicate folds, frizzy, frilly umbrella undersides, structures that look like sea sponges or coral… fungi really are a whole world of their own.
“Mushrooms have this historically bad rap,” Ryan told DesignTaxi recently, “but every time I share my world with somebody, they’re completely in awe.” Us too – we’ll be adding some hot ‘shroom shots to all our autumn mood boards from now on.