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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Looking At Fall Colors With Open Eyes!!

I am a self proclaimed, “Spring Girl.” I love the weather and the colors of Spring.
As much as I love the cool crisp air of the Fall I do struggle with incorporating Fall colors in my home. Because of this it has forced me to discover different color palettes that can be used in the fall.

I am not a big fan of earth tones for my home or even my wardrobe so I have to become a bit more creative when it comes to making my home look like it is ready for fall.
I love the colors I see in nature, and I marvel at all the different colors that Mother nature paints for us. There is one color I can appreciate in nature, but you will never see it in my home. Orange/Rust!! I don’t say this to offend any of you that love earth tones, but only to express how difficult it has  been for me over the years to decorate for Fall.
What I have done in the past is to bring in more black accents and darker values of my existing colors.
My home consist of:
  • Yellows that can  become gold.
  • Light blues  can become navy.
  • Lime green  can become moss.
  • Watermelon pink  can become a deeper pink/red.
  • Black and white accents that I will pull more of the black into my rooms.

    I thought I would explore along with all of you the different colors of Fall in my upcoming post.

    These might not be colors that I will be using, but I like to study how others pull together rooms for inspiration. I also always like to be on the learning curve!

    Today I thought we would look at this interesting combination of colors for Fall:

    Isn’t this lovely!? I would not call this a typical combination that you might think of for Fall, and yet when combined in the right manner there is no way you will mistake it for any other season. I like to look at what Mother nature has to offer for color cues. Here a fall fig is used as the starting point.

    Inspiration is all around us! Never limit yourself to design magazines or even blogs. Take a walk in the crisp air of fall and look around you. If your mind is open to color inspirations you will start seeing colors and textures you might have missed on a normal walk. When we open our mind to new possibilities we will truly see more of everything.

    Maybe, just maybe you will use a color combination that you would have never used before!

    This image shows medium and lighter values of the fig, and it pulls the gold in with the art pieces. The colors don’t have to be used in just furnishings think about how to use them in your accessories. Gold can also be introduced through metals in the room.

    Gold has been introduced in the finish of the mirror, and notice the antiqued brass quail on the coffee table.

    The accessories you choose to place in your room will be an important element while you are transitioning from your summer to fall look.

    We all choose our accessories carefully when getting dressed, and it is basically the same concept when dressing our homes in a new look.

    Paint can be your new best friend when choosing a new color for one wall as a great accent. Of course this recommendation is for all of you great DIYer’s that can pull out your rollers and paint and do it quickly on your own! Unlike myself, who would have to convince my hubby how great it will look and how easy it would be to paint just a small wall.(trust me this would never happen in my real life,but I can dream.)

    Instead of paint maybe a new comforter in a Fall color will do the trick in your home.

    However you choose to infuse the colors of  Fall into your home, keep your eyes open to the new possibilities that surround you in your everyday life.

    “Enjoy the Process!” Of:
    Discovering new color combinations for your Fall home!



    Blondie's Journal said...

    Kathysue...I have such a problem decorating for fall because my home is filled mainly with pastel colors. It's really difficult to incorporate the colors of fall. Your post has helped! Thanks!


    The enchanted home said...

    Beautiful fall inspiration....that eggplant covered wall is so pretty and unexpected, makes me think of beautiful fall foliage. Love the idea of old books in gem colors too...all so pretty!

    Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

    Hi Kathysue,
    Thanks for another great and informative post.
    My home's color palette (along with warm white and black) primarily consists of muted sage, soft shades of blue, and pale pink. (I'm a spring girl, too!) The 'fig' color you've illustrated may be just the right addition to add to my home's decor. I'm not fond of the name, however, so I've decided to look for accents in a nice 'autumn berry'. I have a thing about color names - they have to be pretty! LOL!
    Have a great day, Kathysue!

    Unknown said...

    i decorate my house for the holidays - but not for the seasons really ...

    *kiss kiss*
    Erika~Tiptoe Butterfly~

    Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

    These are all great ideas and love that picturesque photo of the barn. Wow.

    Lee said...

    love the fig, esp the barn! and the outfit in mustard, gray, fig works. I'm a spring girl, different shades and values of blues, greens, pops of yellow and red, with a neutral base, which incl. splashes of black. I do "homage" to fall and winter in a few accessories. Navy, espresso, yes, but FIG could find a way into my home -- I'll keep the window open for its possible entry.

    Stacy CUrran said...

    I don't tend to use those colors either, but they sure look good together in your examples!

    NanaDiana said...

    Kathysue- What a GREAT post. I am just in LOVE with everything you showed....and although I am not one for a lot of color I really love some of those combos and think they would be fun to live with...at least for a while. Love it! xo Diana

    Splendid Sass said...

    Great images, Kathysue. Love the Fall colors.
    Have a great night.

    The French Tangerine said...

    Congrats on your winning the cookbook giveaway!
    I am not usually into these colors, but with these beautiful images, I am obsessed! I love navy and eggplant! Absolutely gorgeous!! Nice work!!

    Karen said...

    When I saw some of your latest pins I just knew that you'd have a fun post to go with them. I think I'm your color palette opposite. I've always loved fall colors. I think it's because fall is when my first child was born. These are some beautiful combinations Kathysue.

    René said...

    Gosh, this color palette is just downright yummy!

    Linda Hartong said...

    Love the colors in the "mud room"

    Holly Gruszka said...

    I agree with Rene - I just think this palette is so beautiful. I'm having hard time looking away - the fig, and the blush - plus the gold and teal. Whew!! So beautiful!!! So glad I found you on Pinterest too.

    SHERRY HART said...

    These are more my colors....That navy blue and white kitchen...to die!!!