How to use fab­u­lous fall col­ors in your decor

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - HOMES -

When you think of fall col­ors, what comes to mind? Red, yel­low, green, orange? While there are cer­tainly a num­ber of fab­u­lous fall col­ors, for many the chal­lenge lies in how to use these col­ors pur­pose­fully in decor.


Brown is a great foun­da­tion color and to many, a softer al­ter­na­tive to black. Brown can be used in many ways in a home, whether through the use of a wood fin­ish or fur­ni­ture or with the help of ac­ces­sories and ac­cents. Con­sid­ered a neu­tral color, brown pairs well with other col­ors, or even dif­fer­ent tints, tones and shades of brown in the same room. Look­ing for sug­ges­tions? Pas­tel col­ors such as pow­der pink or soft blue can be strong pair­ings. Fin­ishes such as brass and chrome also work well.


A long­time sta­ple for in­te­rior de­sign­ers and dec­o­ra­tors, black is mak­ing a bold come­back. Strong and dom­i­nant, black can add lux­ury and rich­ness to nearly any space, but it should be used spar­ingly. For ex­am­ple, in a bed­room, two night­stands with a black fin­ish will work well, but adding in a black dresser may over­whelm. Black also works well as an ac­cent color. Two to three black ac­cents in a room whether through the use of light­ing, art­work or ac­ces­sories can work beau­ti­fully.


Orange is a happy color that can help brighten and lighten a space while also adding a sense of warmth. Lighter shades of orange can work well in chil­dren’s rooms, while darker, richer tones can add a sense of ele­gance in liv­ing rooms and other so­cial ar­eas such as fam­ily rooms.


Strong and bold, red is a state­ment color. Red works well as a pop of color in a space. As such, it pairs best with light col­ors or neu­trals such as white, taupe or gray. When it comes to red, don’t be afraid to use it in un­ex­pected ar­eas such as kitchens and bath­rooms.


Yel­low and all its shades, tints and tones is pop­u­lar for fall. From char­treuse to mus­tard yel­low and shades in be­tween, yel­low can be used in the fall and beyond. Not sure what col­ors will blend with yel­low? Try neu­tral foun­da­tion col­ors such as brown, black and white. Don’t for­get fin­ishes such as gold and brass are part of the yel­low fam­ily and can work well in your decor as well.

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