Decorating With Fall Colors

Typically, the change of seasons spurs within us a need to transform our surroundings. Maybe it’s the crisp, cool weather or the basic instinct to prepare for winter hibernation. Whatever the reason, it’s the perfect time to pull inspiration from nature.

Let rich shades of crimson, gold, pumpkin and umber be your guide to fall decorating. Use a canvas of subdued fabrics and finishes to showcase your seasonal color story. We’ll share with you the secrets of bringing the warmth of fall into your home for a look that is well suited for this time of the year but is also adaptable for year-round use.

Why are fall colors so special?
Fall is a complete departure from the bright, sunny colors associated with warm weather months. It signifies a shift to subtle earth tones and darker colors that bring a cozy, comfortable look and feel to the home. Neutrals such as browns, beiges and grays are good choices for walls rather than the lighter whites, yellows and blues of summer.

Where do fall colors work best?
Basically any public spaces in the house are great for fall color. If you really want to give your guests the sense of the season, start with your entry. It’s the space that creates a first impression and sets the tone for the rest of the house. Choose a strong color like russet or persimmon to create an unexpected entrance. Using such a dominant color allows you continue the color throughout or use progressively lighter shades of the same hue as you move from room to room.

How can I introduce fall color without painting the walls?

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Add throw pillows, decorative accessories, artwork and secondary upholstered pieces to interject rich fall color into your space. If you do want to use a little paint, try a darker shade on trim, banisters or stair risers to add contrast and warmth. Pick an accent wall to paper in a textural treatment – it will give you the same result as paint and also creates visual interest.

What would be an unconventional fall color choice?
Purple is a color that transcends seasons. Lighter shades of purple are well suited for spring and summer, but a deep jewel tone is a great choice for fall decorating. Team up dramatic eggplant with spicy orange and brown to create an unconventional fall palette that looks absolutely stunning!

Who can help with fall color selections?
If you’re not sure where to start, you may want to get some help. However, if you’re like most of us, you probably don’t have the budget to call in a color consultant to develop a custom fall palette for your home. The next best (totally free) option is to head to the local paint store and sit down with one of their color specialists to help get you pointed in the right direction!

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