Of all the things to love about fall, the shift from summer brights to warm autumn hues ranks high on the list. For leaf-chasers everywhere, we turned to the experts to find out which colors are the best for invoking fall foliage at home, and why.
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Ashley McCollum, Associate Color Marketing Manager for PPG Paints, names golden terracotta as one of her favorites. A “golden terracotta tone brings warmth to any space,” she says, noting that “it’s particularly perfect for a dining room.” She suggests PPG’s own Georgian Leather as one great option.
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If you like the idea of terracotta but want something that really makes a statement, consider copper. McCollum cites PPG’s Ancient Copper as an ideal pick for a “kitchen or dining room where warmth and gaiety are required.”
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Another bold color that can be found everywhere in fall is golden yellow. Picking PPG’s Butterscotch Bliss, McCollum tells us that this shade is great for a foyer or living room and pairs well with white painted trim.
This is particularly key because, as McCollum notes, “Pairing autumn-inspired colors with white trim and light natural wood accents lets the color transition no matter the season.”
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Purple hues are the perfect pick for an autumnal accent that packs a punch. Erika Woelfel, VP of Color & Creative Services for Behr, suggests Behr's Spiced Potpourri. (Behr's Perfect Penny, pictured, also has that fall feel.)
“You don’t need to commit to painting all four walls of a room to bring the warmth and autumn feel into your home," she says. "Focusing on one accent wall, trims, or backsplashes is a great way to start integrating warm colors into a space in an impactful and refined way.”Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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While white itself doesn’t necessarily scream fall foliage, it’s the perfect shade for letting your other colors pop. McCollum recommends PPG’s Bone White for its delicate, soft neutral color. "[It’s] perfect for bringing the colors of fall in and letting brighter complementary colors take center stage," she says.
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Pinterest Creator Tommy Lei agrees with the idea that calm neutrals are best for seasonally transitioning a space: “I personally (and professionally) opt for colors that echo the essence of Fall/Winter. I love an Italian plaster hue, as seen in my living room. This is actually easily achievable by going with a lime wash plaster paint. I went with Color Atelier’s Vendome Beige, which is pretty much evergreen for all seasons due to its soft beige undertones. It instantly elevates the cozy and airy factor of the living room as well and complements the existing furnishings.”
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Woelfel suggests warm neutrals like Behr’s Sedona Pink and Canyon Dusk for the same reason: “These colors can be applied to many areas of the home to create a warm and inviting feel. The earth tones are most versatile and can be used anywhere, from kitchen or bathroom accents to office spaces and living rooms, for a cozy feeling of the outdoors inside.”
Pictured: Bubble Shell by Behr.
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The expert color team at Benjamin Moore says that the true key to bringing fall foliage successfully inside doesn’t just happen with your wall colors. It's enhanced when you pair your paint colors with your window treatments.
The team at The Shade Store suggests “a posh velvet shade in burgundy, or keep it simple with a classic gray shade against a dark wall.” Or, try Benjamin Moore paint colors like Love Affair or the appropriately named Maple Leaf Red.
When it comes to selecting an autumn-inspired hue for your home, McCollum has one final word of advice: “Embrace [these] moody hues. Instead of an accent wall, go all-in on a color and envelop an entire space in the shade for added drama, including the ceiling and trim!”