Fall is here, with its cool nights, warm, natural colors and the start of the feeling that it is time to nest. Winter is coming, how can we bring the warmth of autumn into our homes for a relaxing update? With color, of course.
Decorating in typical fall colors – brown, orange, yellow – might sound like a design nightmare. But choosing where and how to inject mild hues into the home is the key. Let’s start with probably the scariest: brown. No need for a 1970s flashback, brown can actually be a very daring choice. If you have a large piece of light-colored furniture, placing it in front of dark brown painted wall can make a bold statement. Review your cushion situation. If you have a basic color palate already set in your room, finding some brown pillows with a touch of gold will inject a bit of luxury into the room. Picking up a new dark wood end table or dresser will also introduce an added bit of warmth to your space.
Brown is actually an excellent partner color for the other warm tones of the season. It’s easy to pair it up with mustards and russets for a glowing alternative. So let’s look at orange, and don’t even think shag carpet. We definitely want the more muted shade of this carroty color. Consider your overall color scheme before adding any new elements – brown is a bit more adaptable than orange. However, warm ginger cushions, a bright orange and red bedspread or new orange towels for the bath will showoff your design sense and give the room a bit of perk.
Speaking of perking, let’s look at yellow. Again for autumn updates we want to look for low-key tints of the sunshiny color. Choose accent pieces that are a darker golden, with a rich feel about them. This could include a lamp shade, reframing a couple of pictures or painting a small bookshelf or other storage space. If you’ve got to go cheery, choose yellow to do it. Buy a fun stool for the entry way, pick-up some extra big cushions for the floor or replace the lighting fixture in the kitchen.
The key to remember with fall colors, or any color for that matter, is they all come in a range of hues. Bright and bold, soft and subtle; you choose the color intensity that is right for your space.
Jacy is a freelance journalist specializing in art, design and culture. When not writing, reading or traveling she enjoys torturing her husband and dog with extremely long walks. Follow her on Google+.
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