Intense fall colors are on the way
Our internal designer begins to turn our heads at this time of year toward orange, yellow and other warming shades that tell us fall is near.
I love how thoughts of seashells and surf are quickly swept away. We find a richer appreciation for nature and full color saturation. Intense colors are a trend you can count on this season — no wimpy shades.
I like to take a large plastic storage container and make a pass through each room, collecting summer memorabilia and storing it until I start getting the urge to feel sand between my toes again.
This year we will see hues that are exactly what our hearts are dreaming of. Think deeper than summer orange, and move on to blood orange, tangerine and cherry orange. Yellows are more intense with undertones of brown. A deep, vivid shade of sapphire is a newcomer to home decor, and it works well for fall. This is not navy, but royal blue. Making a strong comeback this season is an opulent, deep shade of wine that is rich with undertones of red.
Working with neutrals and introducing trendy or seasonal secondary and accent colors is how most designers approach decorating. Gray has become one of the most valuable neutrals for this approach. It has pushed beige and gold off the design portfolio pages. But gray is not a standalone color; it is a backdrop for brighter splashes and touches.
Norwalk Furniture has paired a traditional gray sofa with a more contemporary side chair upholstered in an orange and white fabric with a small-scale pattern. An upholstered bench does triple duty as a coffee table, ottoman and the anchor that ties the room together. It features a tribal pattern interpreted in an orange, black and sage fabric. Throw in a couple of fun pillows and the look is fresh and ready for fall entertaining.
You can work this same magic with any of the new fall hues. If painting your living room orange would be too much to live with, take a different path. Instead, try switching out your metal table lamps for colorful ceramic ones such as the Upbeat Orange or Upbeat Yellow lamps from Currey and Company. Brighten a breakfast bar with stools from Norwalk Furniture that are covered in vivid yellow upholstery.
Looking for an even more affordable approach? Take a trip to a grocery or garden store. You’ll find glorious mums in seasonal colors. Pop them into wicker baskets and place around your home. Or fill a bowl with pomegranates or oranges to make a centerpiece for your breakfast room.
Put summer behind you and welcome the rich, warm colors of fall into your home.
Designer and home improvement expert Vicki Payne is host and producer of “For Your Home,” available on PBS, Create TV and in national and international syndication. Reach her at ForYourHome.com.