Fall is just about here, and with it will come all the crisp air, pumpkin spice lattes, and warm colors that you could ever ask for.
But what if you’re one of those strange people who isn’t a huge fan of using warmer colors in their home? I know what you’re thinking… and yes… they do exist. And I’m one of them.
Now before you run away, hear me out! It’s not that I don’t like the colors or love seeing them in other homes. Not at all. I LOVE your fall colors and all the leaves on the trees.
My struggle is that I use a lot of blues and greens in my base decor (aka my everyday decor). So when it comes time for fall, I’ve always felt like traditional fall colors clashed in my home.
This has always led me to resort to neutral fall colors. But this year, I found myself craving some color!
So I shopped around a little bit to see some of the colors I was seeing in the stores, I looked around in nature, and I took a good hard look at my home so I could come up with some colors that worked for me.
But first, I had to figure out the overall goal I wanted to achieve with my fall decor.
SET SOME GOALS FOR YOUR SEASONAL DECOR
Fall is an important season. It’s full of change, new beginnings, new routines, and it’s the promise that cooler temperatures are on their way.
With that promise comes my need to feel safe, secure, and protected from the change. To feel warmer, hugged almost, and cozy. To have my home hold me and my family a little tighter.
So with that in mind, I knew I needed some warmer feeling colors (without really jumping into the warm color palette). I needed some cozy textures, and I needed some grounding neutrals.
These goals led me to my chosen color palette for fall – warm blushes and muted greens accompanied by a pretty, creamy neutral base of cable knits and cozy.
Now, this wasn’t a giant leap for me. I had chosen mints and blushes to decorate for the springtime. In fact, I have a lot of those colors mixed in throughout my normal day to day decor (I have two little girls who love pink as much as their mama – what can I say?).
So this whole year, I’ve been choosing colors to highlight in my seasonal decor that fit into the colors I already see throughout my home. To help tie everything together instead of creating a sense of overwhelm or a feeling like I need to stick solely with neutrals.
So that wasn’t going to change too much for fall, but it needed to be warmer, and it needed to be cozier.
And because I know I’m not the only one wanting to stray from the traditional fall color palette this year, I thought I’d share a few out-of-the-box fall color schemes with you to help inspire you this season!
3 OUT-OF-THE-BOX FALL COLOR SCHEMES THAT WILL GET YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING THIS SEASON
First, I’ll start with a few pointers! When choosing colors to add to my home, I always choose one main color and one main supporting color. I then choose some grounding colors (like neutrals, whites, creams, etc.) and decide if I want to have any other secondary supporting colors.
For these color schemes, I’ll highlight the main color and supporting colors that I picture, but know you can choose to highlight any of the colors as you see fit! There are no rules — you do you!
I also recommend a grounding palette of creamy neutrals and textures to add a warm and cozy vibe to your home in addition to the pops of color!
1. WARM BLUSHES & MUTED GREENS
I mentioned before – blushes have my heart, and I’m a sucker for a muted green or greenery of any kind, really. So when choosing my autumn color palette, I made sure to incorporate both!
With my warmer blushes and greens, I’m using a variety of creamy neutral colors along with a pop of plum here and there in rooms outside of our main living spaces.
If you’re going with this color scheme, you don’t have to choose the same main and secondary colors as I did! You can focus on plums and neutrals with pops of the others, or vice versa!
2. NATURAL BLUES
Next up – blues found in nature! Picture yourself standing next to a lake in the fall, leaves changing colors, crisp blue sky and deep blue water. Gray mountain peaks in the distant background. Then tell me you aren’t picturing all the colors above!
Using a nature-inspired color palette for fall that focuses on the elements aside from the changing leaves is the perfect way to pull in a cozy, warm vibe without all the reds and oranges!
Instead, focus on the blue-grays and soft, muted mints then pull in pops of mustard and burgundy to support them (if you’d like). Ground them with grays and creams, always keeping that scene in mind. If you can picture the colors together in nature, then odds are they’ll work in your home, too!
3. PLUMS & MUSTARDS
Now, this was a color scheme that I almost went with. But truth be told, it had a few too many ‘warm’ colors and not enough of the blues and greens that I love so much!
I did, however, pull these colors into my daughter’s fall wardrobe capsule (check out the blog post I put together for it here). So not all is lost!
But this one is a good one if you ask me! That deep plum and mustard yellow combination gets me every time, and don’t even get me started on the beautiful flower arrangements you could make using these colors!
Plus having the ability to pull in other shades of plum along with the flexibility to add in some orange tone as well — you can really mold this one into whatever you’d like for it to be!
Because of all the bold colors in this color palette though, I recommend using them as pops in your decor and not going overboard. These bold colors can quickly create a sense of overwhelm and undo the ‘warm and cozy’ vibe that you’re trying to create!
Really focus on creamy neutral colors and cozy textures as your base with this one, and use these as accent colors throughout your home in floral arrangements, garlands, centerpieces, and more!
YOU DO YOU & BE INTENTIONAL
So there you have it – my top three favorite non-traditional color schemes for this fall! But the most important point I want to make sure to hammer home is to always decorate with intention!
Be sure you choose colors that fit YOU and your home. That support your own goals for your home. That you love.
Don’t simply choose your decor style because it’s ‘on trend’ or someone else is doing it. Unless you love it, that is, then go crazy!
But be sure you’re decorating your home for you and are being intentional about each piece you place in your home. Each color you use. And each display you create. Make sure it serves you in some way and doesn’t simply create clutter, which can quickly overwhelm your senses and create negative emotions.
When you give to your home intentionally, take care of it, and design it in a way that feeds your soul, you create a space that can really give back to you. One that can not only keep you feeling warm and safe for the fall and winter seasons, but one that can truly revitalize you and re-energize you in ways you never before realized!
So what colors are you choosing to decorate with this season? Share them with me in the comments or get in touch with me if you have design questions you want answered!