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Decorating: Cozy Fall Palettes

Burnt oranges, vibrant reds, and alluring golds usher in our favorite season for beautiful, warm colors

Written and produced by Lucy Fitzgerald
  • When the weather gets cooler, we can’t help but be inspired by the changing palette of nature around us. The vibrant reds, oranges, greens, and golds warm up our homes and herald in another festive holiday season! Read on for our favorite rooms dressed in cozy fall colors.

    Here, a Fortuny pillow, silk paisley throw, and gold-leaf table light up this corner chaise with a luxurious sheen. Drapery panels behind feature a pumpkin-and-beige pattern that echoes the autumn foliage outside.

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  • Stunning Golden Sunroom

    Below the stained-oak ceiling and openwork chandelier, neutral furnishings are accented with autumnal metallics and gold details. Powder blue and the pillows and armchair balance the room’s warmer tones.

    Photo: Eric Roth
    Design: Gerald Pomeroy

  • Warm Country Kitchen in Red and Green

    “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”  -George Eliot

    Photo: Ron Blunt
    Design: John K. George

  • Welcoming Entry in Green and Brown

    Dark woods and military-green paint on the wall panels make this entryway comfortable and welcoming. Reds and blues from the antique rug are complemented by the subdued palette elsewhere. The iron chandelier above is adorned with leafy details for a nature-inspired look.

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  • Neutral Sunroom with Green Accents

    A glossy wooden ceiling is accented by green crossbeams for a unique but decidedly earthy look in this sunroom. Neutral upholstery on the furniture keeps the mood relaxed.

  • Comfy Sunroom Fireplace

    Decorated with rustic antlers and freshly split wood, a fieldstone fireplace is the focal point of this sunroom sitting area.

  • Autumn Day Colors Come Inside

    The charcoal gray walls and coffering above burnt orange and red furnishings are reminiscent of a cloudy autumn day.

  • Gorgeous Green and Umber Master Bedroom

    “Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” –Lauren DeStefano, Wither

    See the rest of this exquisite mountain home here.

    Photo: Jonny Valiant & Joseph St. Pierre
    Design: Nancy Gould

  • Orange on a Cozy Porch

    Orange brings the warmth outside on a porch designed by Kristen Panitch. Black furniture and green cushions add weight, while an oatmeal-and-white pattern on the pillows lights up the palette for perfect balance.

    Design: Kristen Panitch
    Photo courtesy of Kristen Panitch Interiors

  • Natural Wood Bedroom

    A bedroom is dressed in natural woods and nubby fabrics for a warm glow. A pair of table lamps and tufted benches introduce a hint of violet for extra autumn richness.

    See more of this gorgeous home decorated in neutrals.

    Photo: Eric Roth
    Design: Joseph About with Restoration Hardware

  • Warm Gold and Wood Dining Room

    Welcoming golds and yellows warm this kitchen-dining-living area. A farm table made of American chestnut sits below a rustic antler chandelier. Wood is also used in the room’s architecture, with oak plank floors and weathered Douglas fir ceiling timbers.

    See the rest of this horse lover’s home here.

    Photo: Ron Blunt
    Architect: Mark Buchanan
    Interior design: Shoshana Datlow

  • Caramel-Colored Game Area

    Tawny yellows and gold breathe life into this corner sitting area, where a French Art Deco game table sits between four chairs upholstered in a wheat-colored fabric. The black of the chairs and table behind ground the palette.

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  • Moody Blue-Green Bedroom with Warm Accents

    “Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
    We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” –Humbert Wolfe

    See more of this lovely rustic home here.

    Photo: Jon Jensen
    Design: Jan Showers

  • Southwest Style in Warm Colors

    A pueblo-style home brings the desert’s colors indoors with warm woods, rich leather upholstery, and regional décor. Natural elements, such as the woven abaca rug and herringbone pattern on the ceiling, lend texture and personality to the space.

    Photo: Michael Venera
    Design: Patti Burdick

  • Neutral Greens with Bursts of Blue

    Quartersawn oak paneling with a whitewashed finish enhance the autumnal vibrancy of the green and gold artwork above the limestone fireplace. Touches of turquoise punctuate the cool palette.

    Photo: Emily Followill
    Design: William C. Huff, Jr., and Heather Zarrett Dewbury

  • Rich Red Living Room

    “I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” –Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Photo: Julian Wass
    Design: Jennifer Flanders

  • Welcoming Kitchen in Red and Gold

    In this kitchen, rich alder cabinetry and a stone sink and countertops invoke a warm Tuscan feel. Maroon and gold accents further the fall ambience.

    Kitchen design: Mick De Guilio
    Interior design: Billi Springer

  • Lively Orange Rec Room

    Ultrasuede in pumpkin orange and wild animal print add an element of durability to this colorful downstairs rec room. Drapery from Vervain complement the festive palette.

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  • Pumpkin Orange and Brown Sitting Area

    Patterns mix in the corner sitting area. A Hawaiian quilt motif is reinterpreted as an appliqué for the side chairs, and the bold pattern on the pillows lends visual balance.

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    Photo: Emily Followill
    Design: William C. Huff, Jr. and Heather Zarrett Dewberry

  • Sophisticated Colors with Red Accents

    This living room’s sophisticated color scheme was inspired by the serapi rug underfoot. A red-and-white gingham fabric from Cowtan & Tout covers the Lee Jofa chair. Gold and toffee furnishings highlight the rug’s blue tones.

    Photo: Werner Straube
    Design: Anna Clark

  • Inviting Marble Fireplace

    “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” –Albert Camus

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  • Cool Autumn Sitting Area

    Cool greens and golds give this living room a woodsy autumn ambience. Mohair upholstery and brass and stone details make the space feel welcoming.

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    Photo: Grey Crawford
    Design: Jeff Andrews

  • Bedroom in Mossy Neutrals

    The serene palette of this master bedroom is made up of soft blue, green, gray, copper, and brown for a layered look.

    Photo: Michael Garland
    Design:  Joe Ruggiero

  • White Room with Orange Accents

    Sofas slipcovered in white are accented with graphic orange borders on the pillows and drapery panels. A wooden table and brown-and-red rug below provide natural neutrals to ground the palette.

    See more of designer Christopher Peacock’s own home here.

    Photo: John Bessler
    Design: Sophie Thibon Interiors

  • Office Sitting Area in Earth Tones

    “Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable…the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown along the street…by a gusty wind, and the gabble of a flock of migrating geese.” –Hal Borland

    Photo: Emily Followill
    Design: Amy Bergman

  • Rusted Palette with Pops of Blue

    This family room’s earthy palette of rusted browns, reds, and burnt orange is punctuated by a trio of vibrant aqua glass vases. The worn leather of the sectional sofas add a note of welcoming comfort.

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    Photo: Gordon Beall
    Design: Suellen Gregory


  • Burnished Copper Kitchen

    In burnished copper, russet marble, and shimmering surfaces, this kitchen is ideal for holiday entertaining. Natural materials like marble and wood keep the aesthetic down to earth, and the warm reds and browns reflect nature’s autumn palette.

    See the rest of this gorgeous kitchen here.

    Photo: Tria Giovan & Peter Rymwid
    Kitchen design: Regina Bilotta

  • Festive Fall Centerpiece

    For a distinctive fall feel, seasonal blooms make festive accents throughout the home. This autumnal centerpiece by Flore Designs mixes calla lilies, dahlias, and scabiosa seed heads in an eye-catching arrangement.

    Photo: Peter Krumhardt and Colleen Duffley

  • Rich Brown and Navy Blue Living Room

    A living room decorated in earthy blues and browns is quieted with soft creams in the form of large plaster remnants salvaged from an old French castle. Crossbeams above and hand-blown glass baubles on the iron chandelier give the room a touch of European personality.

    Photo: Dominique Vorillon
    Design: Helene Aumont

  • Festive Tangerine and Fuchsia Tabletop

    “Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” –Jim Bishop

    Photo: Karyn Millet
    Producer: Krissa Rossbund

  • Youthful Yellow and Brown Living Room

    A bright yellow-orange wall sets the stage for eye-catching color in this bright living room. Bursts of red and fuchsia add vibrant color. A chocolate-brown velvet sofa grounds the youthful palette.

    Photo: Werner Straube
    Design: Melissa Warner

  • Sophisticated Room with Orange Accents

    Cool gray walls, exposed brick, and mossy brown furnishings keep this sunroom serene, while a rug by Jonathan Adler brings bright pops of orange and yellow.

    Photo: Sarah Dorio
    Design: Kerry Howard

  • Dramatic Room in Navy and Rust Orange

    Navy blue and rust orange come together in dramatic fashion in this living room. The fiery orange color of the sofa, draperies, and side chairs is complemented by the hardwood floors. A sea urchin-like fixture above lends interest and a touch of Halloween-like ambiance. Pinch-pleated draperies add texture.

    Photo: James Carrière
    Design: Geoffrey De Sousa & Sarah Puls

  • Lighthearted Peach Palette

    A soft peach upholstery on the sofa and chairs melts together with the subdued area rug beneath for a restful sitting area. Grounding the airy palette are heavier items in  dark stained wood and a stone mantel.

    See more of this easygoing Colorado home.

    Photo: Emily Minton Redfield
    Design: Melinda Douglas

  • Cloudy Fall Day Colors

    “The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter woods.” –Henry Beston

    Photo: Virginia MacDonald
    Design: Colette van den Thillart 

  • Deep Crimson and Blue Living Room

    Tera-cotta walls are the perfect springboard for antique furniture upholstered in deep blues. White walls and a contrasting rug keep the palette focused.

    Tour the rest of architect and designer Michael Graves’ stunning home.

    Photo: John Bessler
    Design: Michael Graves

  • Cozy Green Kitchen with Classic Details

    Paneled doors, crown molding, and other millwork abound in this green kitchen to give it a comfortable country feel. The creamy apple green on the walls is warmed by a wood island, hardwood floors, and a soft red valence above the sink.

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  • Comfy and Colorful Family Room

    Comfy furniture is just the beginning when it comes to this warm and welcoming family room. A bench in an oversized crimson-and-orange plaid faces a sunny gold sofa from Henredon. A pair of plush-backed armchairs, throw pillows, and drapery details inject warm red into the room’s palette.

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    Photo: Emily Followill
    Design: June Price

  • Dining Room in Desert Colors

    Nature’s first green is gold,
    Her hardest hue to hold.
    Her early leaf’s a flower;
    But only so an hour.
    Then leaf subsides to leaf.
    So Eden sank to grief,
    So dawn goes down to day.
    Nothing gold can stay.
                            -Robert Frost

    Photo: James Carrière
    Design: Linda Applewhite

  • Sage and Crimson Kitchen

    In this comfy kitchen, cabinetry and a backsplash in soft sage lets the orange and crimson accents pop. A heavy center island is made of rich wood for added warmth.

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    Photo: Dominique Vorillon
    Design: Mark Williams

  • Restful Gold and Cream Living Room

    Creams and golds dominate the palette in this restful family room. Thick drapery panels guide the eye upwards to the salvaged ceiling beams above. A chandelier, coffee table, and pair of lamps are made with iron for a rustic touch.

    Photo: Werner Straube
    Design: Anna Clark

  • Playful Orange and Plum Family Room

    The spill-proof purple rug from Savnik weighs down the vibrant tangerine orange of the walls in this kid-friendly family room. Pink and red make an appearance at the high-backed wing chairs and drapery panels.

    Photo: Werner Straube
    Design: Melanie Elston

  • Beautiful Browns and Natural Materials

    “I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.” –Lee Maynard

    Photo: Jonny Valiant

  • Restful Brown and Yellow Family Room

    A muted palette of putty, chocolate, and goldenrod invites relaxation in this showhouse family room. Tall windows are dressed in flowing beige drapery panels highlight the room’s elegant height. A cocoa-colored sectional and lounge chair, which adds a touch of wild pattern, are from Baker.

    Photo: Colleen Duffley
    Design: Robert Brown