Fall Colors Inspired Palette

October 5th, 2010

Despite the 70 degree weather we’re experiencing in Minnesota, the trees still know it is fall. Everywhere I look I see the most beautiful mixes of golden yellow, orange, sumac red, green and brown. I couldn’t help but be inspired to create some room palettes to help inspire you as well.

How fun is the orange on the back wall of the white bookshelf?!  What’s great, is that could be changed up easily over the years to a new accent color or fabulous wallpaper since the rest of the room is in easy to coordinate with neutrals. Love everything about this room.

And the bold kitchen with the gorgeous wood lining the walls as well as the floor? A raw stone fireplace surround and sleek red cabinets and stainless steel provide a great balance of color and texture while making their own strong statements.  And the fluffy chandeliers add great whimsy (and texture).

Again, pops of orange on a neutral but texture filled living room. Do you see how this works?  The eclectic mix of furnishings work together because nothing is too fussy. This entry in a more traditional home features beautiful woodwork, which allows that elegant red table skirt with framed detailing really pop. The chocolate brown zebra print stair runner hints at the homeowners playful personality. Using a solid runner for the entry floor prevents that print from overwhelming the space.

Vintage riflery targets as bathroom wallpaper? Brilliant! The shotgun casings encased in a resin toilet seat cover certainly carries out the theme, but seems a bit much for most situations. I like the pops of color in the accessories on this bookshelf as bar cart.

The bold mix of red-orange and lime green in this library conveys the homeowner’s fearless personality. With such high ceilings and plenty of white to balance the bold colors, the room still feels balanced.  Have I used this photo of a vintage red leather chair in front of a glass case before? Probably, since I love the tone of that leather and the simple form of the chair. It seemed a good match for this palette, so forgive me.

I think this really represents those golden yellow and orange tones that so many trees take on at this time of year. A harvest palette, if you will.  I can picture that yellow pom-pom fringe on the bottom of a lampshade, along the side of curtains, or the bottom of a roman shade. Pom-poms are not just for the back of your socks (remember being 10 years old and wearing ankle socks with pom-poms on the back? I do!)  I just flashed back to some pillows I made for a client years ago in a golden yellow cut velvet with braided trim and a ribbon detail that was similar to the materials in the top left photo.

I had to find you a picture after that description! It wouldn’t be fair to leave you hanging.

I love this media room with those inviting chocolate brown velvet couches, golden yellow pillows, and plenty of throw blankets.  Did you notice the bookshelves in the back are orange? Difficult to tell from a photo, but it could even be Hermes orange. What a great punch of color that doesn’t overwhelm because the frame of the shelves has a narrow profile.

Finally, the deep reds of the Sumac bushes make a bold backdrop for two very different kitchens. You can see how it mixes well with orange tones and either dark chocolate brown wood and marble or crisp white cabinetry and stainless steel. I couldn’t resist throwing in the great Weimaraner photo – the chair and the dog both have such great personality!

So that’s your fall inspiration, courtesy of the trees and bushes I see on my drives around town visiting clients and vendors.  What is inspiring you right now? Are you drawn to the fall colors or does another season capture your style best?

Photo Sources: 1. Living room – unknown. 2. Ultimate Kitchens and Baths magazine 3. Living room – Oscar and Emma via DesignSponge 4-09 4. Foyer – Traditional Home magazine 4-09 5. Bathroom – unknown. 6. Bar cart – unknown. 7. Library -  by Heidi Friedler. 8. Chair – FLOR. 9. Fabrics – Celerie Kemble “To Your Taste” 10. Daybed – unknown. 11. Painting – unknown. 12. Living room – Southern Living magazine. 13. Media room – by Madeline Stuart House Beautiful 2-10. 14. Kitchen (white cabinets) – unknown. 15. Leaf painting - by Justin Clayton 16. Weimaraner – unknown. 17. Kitchen – “Eat in Kitchens” by Leone.

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