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Decorating with a Fall Palette

Bring the season’s favorite outdoor hues into your home

Written by Anna Logan
  • John Bessler

    There’s nothing better than walking on crunchy, newly fallen leaves once autumn rolls around. The streets are littered with those classic hues that beckon cozy sweaters and warm drinks. Even the sun starts to set a little earlier, casting its golden rays across the kaleidoscopic forest.

    These colors will disappear once winter rolls around, but for now we can bask in their warm embrace and fondly remember the sweet kiss of the summer sun. We don’t have to say goodbye forever, though. These rooms bring the essence of that indescribable fall feeling to life.

    Design: Kevin and Barbara McLaughlin

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  • Caren Alpert

    Elegant Equestrian

    The pops of orange in this elegant sitting room liven up the neutral browns and tans. The tufted orange leather chair is the perfect foil for the crisp and clean tan settee. 

    Design: Kerrie Kelly

    See more of this cozy guest cottage.

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  • David Tsay

    Fall Feeling

    All white spaces have been the rage for the past few years but warming them up for fall doesn’t have to be a daunting task. This dining room uses wooden accents and a leafy wreath to bring a fall feeling to the crisp space.

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  • Dustin Peck

    Cozy Cheetah

    The wood paneling adds moody texture to this room designed by Michelle Workman for Wesley Hall at the 2015 Junior League of High Point Designer Showhouse. The cheetah throw adds dark pattern to the light blue settee.

    Design: Michelle Workman

    Click through this beautiful High Point, North Carolina, showhouse.

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  • Helen Norman

    Black Beauty

    Painting the walls and ceiling black may seem like an unconventional choice, but their simple elegance makes it a no brainer to us. Paired with a poppy raspberry quilt, the room comes together like an autumn-inspired Boho dream.

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  • Michal Venera

    Cozy Cornucopia

    If you’re in search of the perfect fall tablescape, then look no further. The multi-layer table is dripping in beautiful brown tones heavy with texture. The cassoulet dishes add a fun touch to the beautifully decorated table.

    Nab some fall entertaining ideas here.

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  • Emily Followill

    Fall Farmhouse

    This updated Georgia farmhouse has all the makings for a place to spend a cozy October evening. The leather chair warms up the white walls and offers a toasty seat by the fire, while the curated paintings add much needed life to the room.

    See more from this charming home.

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  • Gordon Beall

    Orange Offering

    Orange isn’t just for pumpkins or delicious pies. The white-and-black wallpaper demands attention, so the different shades of rust give the eye a break and soften the space.

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  • Werner Straube

    Plaid Perfection

    This dreamy vignette is the perfect place to cuddle up on a cold fall evening. The plaid pillow softens the straight wingback leather chair, making it the perfect spot to sip a hot Toddy.

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    Design: Corey Damen Jenkins

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  • John Bessler

    Genuinely Golden

    The way light filters through this golden space has us swooning. The small dining room is ideal for an intimate Thanksgiving dinner.  

    Come inside this New York rowhouse.

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  • Gordon Beall

    Chocolate Chambers

    From creamy milk chocolate to dark cacao, the hues in this room have us reaching for our Trick-or-Treat bucket. Layered animal prints in the same color family disrupt the brown-on-brown color scheme with an infusion of pattern.

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  • Werner Straube

    Gingham and Gingerbread       

    Red gingham isn’t just for summer picnics. In this moody gingerbread-colored room, the gingham adds a preppy twist to an otherwise neutral space. 

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  • Robert Brantley

    Outstanding Ochre

    Ochre is the trending color of fall this year, and we couldn’t be happier. This dapper stairway makes such a statement with its walls that minimal furniture and décor is needed. These walls are a star all on their own.

    Design: Lee Bierly and Chris Dake

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  • Emily Followill

    Ruby Rendezvous

    Dinner parties are the name of the game this season. This Charleston dining room makes a stunning backdrop for a Thanksgiving dinner, especially once the candles start to bounce off the beautiful high-gloss red walls.

    Design: Carolyn Griffith

    Click here to see more of this historic home.

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  • Colleen Duffley

    Neutral Nature

    Neutral can be drab sometimes but this space shows how different patterns of the same color family add intrigue and depth. Who wouldn’t want to cuddle here and watch a full marathon of Halloween movies?

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  • Gordon Beall

    Patterned Pumpkin

    These pumpkin-hued walls are softened up with the addition of preppy dots and a chic border. Keeping the furniture and objet neutral lets the walls stand out as the living room’s showstopper.

    Design: Suellen Gregory

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  • John Merkl

    Halloween Heaven      

    Who says that black and orange are just Halloween colors? This room expertly pulls together the Halloween hues in a distinctly elegant way.

    Design: Geoff De Sousa and Sarah Puls

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  • John Granen and John Merkl

    Alfresco Fall

    You don’t have to kiss your alfresco summer goodbye once the temperature starts dropping. Instead, embrace it with cozier outdoor seating in a rusty hue. If you’re lucky enough to have a view like this, you’d be crazy to not take advantage of the cooler weather.

    Click through this Napa Valley showhouse.

    Design: Annie Bowman with Lorrie Merck and Angle Dunkelberger

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  • John Merkl

    Glowing and Gilded

    We’ve never met a gilded wallpaper we didn’t like. While this purple room may be a bit dark, the golden design of the wallpaper and the light cast on it is a quick way to warm it up.

    Design: Kendall Wilkinson

    Check out this California home dressed in purple.

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  • The Sidecar, price available upon request from Moore & Giles [1-800-737-0169]

    This beautifully crafted bar cart, The Sidecar by Moore and Giles, is a great way to store liquor, glassware, bar tools, and anything else needed to complete your own miniature bar. The cart, made of Virginia black walnut, birch, leather, aluminum, and brass, is wheeled to make sure the party can travel with you. Perfect for drink-lovers without the space for a full bar.