Decorating With Fall Colors

Updated on May 14, 2020
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Linda is a seasoned writer and home-decorating authority. She loves sharing design trends, decor ideas, and useful tips with her readers.


Typically the change of season spurs us on 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, eggplant, pumpkin, and umber be your guide to fall decorating. Use a canvas of subdued fabric colors 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?

We are extremely attracted to fall colors. It's the time of the year to take in the beauty of the changing leaves. Why do autumn colors make us so happy? There is a scientific explanation based on the notion that people are continually attracted to intense colors in order to flourish and survive.

Fall is a complete departure from the bright, sunny colors associated with warm weather months. Autumn signifies a shift to subtle earth tones and moody colors that bring a cozy, comfortable look and feel to the home. Neutrals such as browns, beiges, and grays are good choices for walls although whites can also create a striking backdrop for rich, earthy colors.

Warm fall colors take the chill out of the house.
Warm fall colors take the chill out of the house. | Source

Where Do Fall Colors Work Best?

Common spaces throughout the house are great for fall colors. For example, if you really want to share the warmth of the season with your guests begin by injecting earth tones in your entry. It’s the space that makes a great first impression and sets the tone for the rest of the house.

Choose a strong color like russet or persimmon to create an unexpected welcome. 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.

Persimmon is a rich fall color that makes the foyer welcoming.
Persimmon is a rich fall color that makes the foyer welcoming. | Source

How to Introduce Fall Colors Without Painting the Walls

If you don't want to make a big color change for the fall like painting the walls or going full tilt decorating, incorporate a few earth-tone pieces in varying shades. Add throw pillows, decorative accessories, artwork, and secondary upholstered pieces to inject rich fall color into your rooms.

If you do want to use a little paint, try a darker shade on trim, banisters, or stair risers to add contrast and distinction. Pick an accent wall to cover with a textural wallpaper treatment. It will give you the same result as paint and also creates visual interest.

This city apartment is decorated in fall shades of brown, cognac, rust and gold.
This city apartment is decorated in fall shades of brown, cognac, rust and gold. | Source

Which Unconventional Fall Colors Would Be a Good 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 unique fall palette that looks absolutely stunning.

While bright, emerald and leaf green colors are well suited for spring and summer, warm greens combine beautifully with traditional fall colors. By blending a warm mossy green with brown, rust and gold you can create a room with warmth, depth and dimension.

Purple fits in nicely with the variety of autumn hues.
Purple fits in nicely with the variety of autumn hues. | Source

Who Can Help with Fall Color Selections?

Choosing fall colors for your home can be the most difficult part of decorating.You may know your style but selecting the right colors can stop you in your tracks. Working with a color consultant can help you move forward with your fall decor. However, if you don't have the budget to call in a professional there are other options.

The next best and totally free option is to head to the local paint store and sit down with one of their color specialists to get you going in the right direction. In addition, paint manufacturers now have online color visualizers that let you upload a photo of your room to experiment with hundreds of paint colors. They also offer color-matching apps that take the colors from your room and help you pick coordinating colors.

Paint stores typically have a salesperson who can help with color consultations.
Paint stores typically have a salesperson who can help with color consultations. | Source

© 2018 Linda Chechar

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    • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Chechar 

      20 months ago from Arizona

      Dianna, so good to hear from you. I've done a little fall decorating myself. It really gets one into the season. Glad you liked the article.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      20 months ago

      I enjoyed your article. I decorated my home this past week and used orange and green as highlights in décor. So glad to read this is a good choice.

    • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Chechar 

      21 months ago from Arizona

      Ethel Smith, the fall season is my favorite time of the year. I'm personally into these rich colors so this article was an easy one to write! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Ethel Smith 

      21 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Autumn colours are so warm and inviting. Thanks for an interesting hub on their use around the home Lindacee

    • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Chechar 

      21 months ago from Arizona

      Emmy ali, decorating the home with fall hues will at least make it feel like the season of changing colors. For years, I've lived in deserts and on the coast. I really missed those gorgeous autumn colors. I now live in an area that has some fall color. That makes me happy! So glad you enjoyed the article.

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      Eman Abdallah Kamel 

      21 months ago from Egypt

      I lived in England for many years to study with my husband. I saw the trees change in autumn, I wondered the beauty of those colors. This change in tree colors does not happen in the autumn in Egypt where I live now. I think when these colors are applied harmoniously at home, it will be so beautiful. Thanks, Linda for this beautiful article.


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