Fall Color Palettes to Try at Home
The easiest way to a seasonal refresh is a few changes of color. We looked to the runway for a few hot hues we love for the fall season.
Written by Kelsey Kittle
The natural transitional time as the seasons change is the perfect opportunity to update your home. Whether preparing for holiday hosting or warming up for a cool-weather refresh, the onset of autumn is a natural time to nest.
Playing off their 2016 colors of the year, Pantone’s revised fall palette is earthy and luxe, with pops of vibrant, almost jewel-toned accent colors that are just right for the turn of the season. The world of fashion embraces Pantone’s selections, and variations on the color combinations are all over the runways from ready-to-wear to haute couture collections. And the world of design is never out of step with the latest fashions, drawing on the same trends that do their little turn on the catwalk.
The soft, tranquil tones of 2016’s Serenity and Rose Gold are complemented for fall—two new blue hues (the dusky Riverside and placid Airy Blue ) and a bright purplish pink (Bodacious) build on the colors of the year with more depth. A solid, versatile gray (Sharkskin) and a timeless, practical taupe (Warm Taupe) are the new neutrals. These colors can serve as a base for a grander scheme, but they’re tough to beat as accents on their own—think wool felt, cashmere, buttery leather and brushed, muted or matte metals. Add in the bright Aurora Red and its deep rose-gold counterpart Dusty Cedar, the fresh emerald of Lush Meadow and the tempered heat of Spicy Mustard, and you've got some serious fall color that'll give any foliage a run for its money.
Thematically, autumn inspires coziness and touchability as the weather cools; the hot summer months just can’t keep up with fall’s trend toward luxury and texture. Usual releases during this season are packed with lush, nubby, fuzzy and rich textures in velvet, leather, (faux) fur and more, and those same tenets are certainly applicable to home designs. Lighting, furniture and accessories come in a huge variety of options to mix and match with your favorite new style, so selecting pieces that are on trend is as simple as picking your favorite color.