We all need a little spice in our lives to bring excitement, blow away the dark clouds and conjure that feel-good factor.
At home, the easiest way to do that is with an injection of colour - but not just any colour.
Orange, with its palette featuring shades associated with exotic sunsets and sultry settings, is the way to go.
After all, the colour is credited with encouraging creativity and producing a reassuring sense of comfort - ideal at a time of year when we all need cosseting,
For a colour guide, simply look outside at nature's hues, the russet and burnt orange of falling leaves, which blend beautifully with the fading greens and browns of an autumn landscape.
While those shades are ideal for an overall decor theme, be inspired by orange's more punchy tones. Think about using accents of orange - the colour of Halloween pumpkins - in accessories.
"Orange is such a versatile colour, yet many people are afraid of it because they think only of its more bold hues," says Judy Smith, colour consultant for Crown Paints.
"But orange accents can bring warmth to a home, especially as the nights start to draw in and natural light fades.
"Also, all colours have a loud and soft side, and the in-between shades can work well in living areas."
For a warm autumnal feel, she suggests combining orange with leaf green and yellow to create a strong palette which harmonises with light or dark woods, and natural materials.
So ignore the gloomy, dull skies outside and lift your spirits with a shot of undiluted orange in eye-catching accessories or a full dose of the shade for a room scheme.
Muted, more sober tones of orange bring richness and a feeling of opulence to any setting, and won't overwhelm a space.
"Burnished orange and copper shades are on-trend this year, and are particularly appropriate for this season," says Liz Cann, design director of Sanderson and Zoffany.
"Orange conjures a cosy atmosphere and teams wonderfully well with grey. Use the latter for walls and then choose orange and copper shades for upholstery fabrics, cushions and lamps.
"Ensure though that you choose a warm grey shade, with undertones of brown, such as our Double Harbour Grey, to accentuate amber hues."
Top tip: Gold accessories will enhance a sense of luxury, but use silver frames and details for a more contemporary edge, advises Cann.
Love orange: Zoffany is known for its mastery of pattern and colour. A rich orange Granada Copper fabric, £99 a metre, would team well with the deep gold of Stitch Damask, £99 a metre. Double Harbour Grey paint, £35 for 2.5 litres of matt emulsion.
A foliage pattern Ambleside sofa in a rich red/orange colour, in Cowparsley Scarlet fabric, £1,799, MultiYork, would make a statement.
Orange is often overlooked for bedrooms but Yves Delorme's Kacho-Ga Eastern inspired range in a burnt orange, Coral, is simply stunning. Duvet cover, £275; Pillow case, £59.95.
Let orange work its magic in the kitchen - the shade is thought to stimulate the appetite. Chrysalis Marrakech Mosaic tiles, £852 per square metre, Ann Sacks.
The boldest, brightest shades are full of verve and the colour gives an instant injection of optimism.
"If you prefer a sleek finish and a modern style, pair orange with soft grey and white finishes like aluminium and lacquer. These will act as a cooling influence and give a fresh, crisp look," says Judy Smith at Crown Paints.
"Orange gives rooms a lift and demonstrates that you're confident in your taste. Have fun with the colour, experiment and you'll be surprised at the pleasing impact it has."
Top tip: Orange is made by the mixing of yellow and red. If red hues dominate your orange shade, it will have a hotter, more intense effect. A predominance of yellow in the shade promises a more mellow aura.
Love orange: Wallpaper Direct's 'By Lindholm' paper, £35 a roll, shrieks "look at me" with its pink peony design on an orange background. Equally eye-catching is Crown's Cuban Heat paint, matt emulsion, £13.99 for 1.25 litres, from Homebase, which would be a great candidate for a feature wall.
Fans of retro would find it hard to resist a swirly orange pattern mural; Joplin, from £19.80, at DigetexHome. Equally in keeping with the Fifties/Sixties theme is Magpie's Backgammon china. Espresso set, £6.75; Backgammon board mug, £2.55.
A Conran Linnell ceramic table lamp, £69, from Marks & Spencer, also gives a nod to retro in its shape and, together with an orange shell ornament, £14.99, HomeSense, could be a perfect turn-back-the-clock finishing touch.
Individual items in, you guessed it, zingy orange, can be an antidote to 'room blues' which affect rooms that haven't had a shake-up since the summer, or are overdue a revamp.
Make a room rock with a velvet tub chair in glowing orange Zinnia fabric, £445, Oliver Bonas, or get smart with a chair that doubles as a bed for guests. A Suku ottoman bed, in tangerine orange, £159, Made.com
Accessorise a bathroom with luscious orange quick-drying Geo towels, £18 each, Best Bed Linen In The World, and enhance a 'spa' atmosphere with orange patterned tealight holders, £9.95 each, Telling Tales.
Pay a nod to the spookiness of Halloween with a stylish Hendrix large skull pattern scatter cushion, £40, Made.com, and some risk-free LED candles: Gisela Graham Halloween wax LED candle, £6 each, The Contemporary Home.
Match an orange setting with a juicy home fragrance, such as Emma Bridgewater's Tea & Oranges room diffuser, 200ml, £18, Marks & Spencer.
Ann Sacks: www.annsacks.com
The Best Bed Linen In The World: 01442 842 885/www.thebestbedlinenintheworld.com
The Contemporary Home: 0845 130 8229/www.tch.net
Magpie: 020 7095 9399/www.magpieline.com
Marks & Spencer: 0845 302 1234/www.marksandspencer.com
MultiYork: 0845 303 7134/www.multiyork.co.uk
Oliver Bonas: 020 8974 0110/www.oliverbonas.com
Telling Tales: 0844 800 9891/www.tellingtales.co.uk
Zoffany: 0844 543 4600/www.zoffany.com
Wallpaper Direct: www.wallpaperdirect.com
Yves Delorme: www.yvesdelorme.co.uk