Decorating Inspired by Fall Colors

Let the brilliant reds, yellows, oranges, and browns of fall color your home year-round. Use the hues to build the perfect autumn-inspired color palette.


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Warmth of Red
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Warmth of Red

    Fall-inspired decor encompasses both color and texture. The poppy red and burnt orange accents in this living room enhance the space?s neutral oeuvre, which shows itself in grass cloth-covered walls, linen-covered furniture, and a wicker rocking chair.

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Butternut Gold

    Taking a cue from the yellow-orange butternut squash, these leather club chairs give warmth to a room filled with dark finishes. Colors often work well in groups; to assimilate the golden hue into the room, it was also introduced via artwork and the wall color above the fireplace.

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Chocolate Brown

    Applying the same color to different textures within a space creates a supple look, especially when the hue is as rich as this chocolate brown. A smooth accent wall, carved-wood headboard, leather ottomans, and graphic area rug all showcase the same brown color, but because it is applied to different surfaces, it takes on different qualities -- all of which add dimension to the bedroom.

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Pumpkin Orange

    Temper the sensation of pumpkin orange with doses of substantial materials. Fall's iconic orange is paired with a visually striking marble fireplace, slate gray hearth, and creamy white wainscoting to create a look that is more Tuscan than Halloween -- sure to endure throughout the year, rather than during just one season.

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Lodge Chic

    Brown tones bridge the gap between rustic and chic. Here, a honey hue colors hefty beams and a knotty wood door, while chocolate brown makes a splash on the headboard. A furry throw draped across the end of the bed adds a layer of cozy fall comfort to a space that speaks to both the woodsy and sophisticated characteristics of the room.

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Purple Twist

    While fall usually conjures a rainbow of yellows, reds, and oranges, aubergine can be incorporated into the palette for an unexpected twist. The saturated shade of purple provides a cool contrast to fall?s trademark warm hues. And because aubergine is such a strong color, it creates a cozy atmosphere when paired with a rust red or golden yellow.

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Seasonal Hues

    Fall's array of colors ranges from crimson to camel, and hues often appear side by side in nature. Apply the same logic to your home for a space that is inspired by the season. Here, a buttery shade of caramel colors the furniture, and spice orange and brick red are introduced on accent pillows. Attributes from nature, such as the hide rug and wide-plank flooring, continue the fall theme.

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Bittersweet Orange

    Bittersweet berries are easily recognized by their flaming orange-red color, and the hue is just as eye-catching when used in decorating. Here, dining room chairs upholstered in fiery orange fabric stand in contrast to the rest of the room?s subtle features. A terra-cotta orange floor bridges the gap between the neutral and knockout features of the room.

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Red Accents

    When adding color to a neutral room, the key to success is repetition. Autumnal red accents are strategically placed in this bright white bedroom to keep the eye moving around the space. While one red accent may have seemed out of place, positioning red accents against different neutral backdrops (the chair, walls, and bed) creates a balanced look.

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Take a Hint

    Subtly update a muted color palette with an equally muted fall hue. This room's gray and sea glass green color scheme receives an autumnal update with the addition of dusty pumpkin orange accents. The warm color contrasts the cool tones of the room while blending into the established serene scheme.

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Shades of Brown

    Brown is the go-to neutral for the fall season. It can sway gray for a crisp look, or it can veer into yellow for a cozy look. Here, butterscotch brown walls envelop the room in a comfy sheath of color. The yellow-tinted hue coordinates with the oatmeal-color sofa and contrasts the sapphire accents.

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Repeat the Scheme

    Pull together a room by repeating a color scheme on different accents and furnishings. In this living room, a goldenrod and crimson scheme appears in the rug pattern, the drapes, and a washed-out variation on the armchairs. Repeating a scheme creates a sense of continuity and cohesiveness.

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Autumnal Artwork

    Use artwork to introduce fall color into your space. Look at the hues you?re already using and search for a piece that features the autumnal equivalent of that color. The maple gold in this painting picks up on the buttercup yellow in the rug and the golden leaf pattern on the chairs.

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Environment Inspiration

    Let existing elements determine the right fall color to use in your room. The red of the brick framing the stove alcove in this space is mimicked in the accessories and furnishings. By repeating the red hue, the surround becomes more integrated into the room, as it is no longer the only red accent in a sea of white.

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In-Between Color

    Certain species of leaves gradually change from green to yellow. That in-between shade of yellow-green has a fall air without being too seasonal. Here, it pairs well with warm wood and stone finishes, and a red-and-oatmeal striped rug adds an additional pop of color.

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