Matthew Patrick Smyth
Matthew Patrick Smyth Interior Design
New York City

I'm in favor of autumnal schemes that cross over easily to all seasons. Burnt reds, various browns, and mossy greens balance out with off-whites, and creams can be reassuring and welcoming any time of the year.

Barbara Barry
Los Angeles

Marshall Watson
Marshall Watson Interiors
New York City

Kristen Panitch
Kristen Panitch Interiors
Los Angeles

Bunny Williams
New York City

Kim Alexandriuk
Kim Alexandriuk Interior Design
Los Angeles

Kevin Corn
Kevin Corn Design
Los Angeles

Lately I have been using a lot of neutrals and warm tones for walls--in particular Hinson’s Whitewashed Fine Madagascar Cloth wall covering. When used with Farrow and Ball’s White Tie paint on trims and doors the effect is very soothing and calming. I’ve found that the combination really looks fantastic with vintage and modern furniture pieces, as well as strong color accessories.
 
Photograph: David Marlow

Benjamin Bradley
Bradley Thiergartner Interiors
New York

We love this Spice Palette -- with the primary color being Paprika. It seems just right for this time of year as it is inviting and energizing. It is traditional without being red. Contemporary without being orange. We like to use colors such as olive green (bay leaves), brown (cinnamon), and golden tones (curry) to support it.

Photograph: Keith Scott Morton

Tom Stringer
Tom Stringer Design Partners
Chicago

My favorite colors are warm natural tones -- bronze, copper, natural linen, leather, fire -- layered against cooler tones of soft white and silver leaf to add glamour. In the fall I accent the warmer tones in the tables I set, mostly copper and gold, and then as we move into the holidays I replace them with cooler tones of silver to celebrate winter.

Photograph: Jamie Padgett

Robert Brown
Robert Brown Interior Design
Atlanta

For fall I’m loving dark walls. I really love muddy, moody, dark warm gray. My favorites are Farrow and Ball Mouse’s Back No. 40, Sherwin Williams Manor House SW7505, and Benjamin Moore Fairview Taupe HC-85. These colors are great foils to light-colored upholstery. They also work really well with the “it” colors or the moment -- plum, raisin, and persimmon. I’d throw in a little blue, too, as a nice cool contrast.

Photograph: Courtesy of Robert Brown Interior Design

Alex Papachristidis
Alex Papachristidis Interiors
New York

Great colors for autumn are rust, tobacco, gold, and cream -- a warm, rich palette kept fresh by a cream backdrop. In this study/guest bedroom, solids are shown mixed with Fortuny prints and a geometric carpet.

Photograph: Durston Saylor

Mark Williams
Mark J. Williams Design
Los Angeles

Blood orange transforms any room for fall. I like to throw a hint of tomato into any room as well. Use it with powdery gray neutrals or with blue and white.

Photograph: Peden + Munk Photography

Andrew Flesher
Gunkelman Flesher
Minneapolis/New York

As the temperature drops and the leaves start to change color, the quality of light changes. I always love white, but in the fall it's nice to warm it up. American Clay makes a product that is literally made from clay. I used "Sugar Loaf White" in this bathroom for Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. The way the light catches the matte surface and absorbs it really makes the room glow. It creates the perfect backdrop to hunker down with a good book and a hot toddy.

Photograph: Nick Johnson

Nina Petronzio
Plush Home
Los Angeles

Plum, amethyst, and aubergine among other jewel tones have been really hot in the fashion scene for the past couple of seasons and seem to be transitioning into the furniture and design world as well. I love using these colors as a fresh and vibrant alternative to safer and more commonly used muted schemes. They are also a fun and surprising alternative to the more traditional feel of burgundy and deep reds for fall.

Photograph: Nina Petronzio

Michael Cox and Mary Foley
Foley & Cox
New York

We love the crisp, dry light of fall. We find it's the perfect backdrop for a palette of chestnut, chocolate, cream, and taupe -- set off with touches of burgundy and heathered shades of moss and lichen.

Photograph: Foley & Cox

Alessandra Branca
Branca Interiors
Chicago

The use of vermillion red, wheat yellow, and chocolate brown in a room provides an amazing explosion of sunshine and color, as well as a chic celebration of nature and fall at its best. Mix with the amazing antiques and contemporary art it makes for a warm and timeless space.

All paints are from Fine Paints of Europe.

Photograph: Thibault Jeansen for Alessandra's book, New Classic Interiors

Joe Nahem
Fox-Nahem Design
New York

Though it's "fall," start with an interesting color under your foot and work your way "up."

Photograph: Fox-Nahem Design

Elizabeth Knapp Bobo
Knapp Interiors
Los Angeles

My favorite fall scheme right now is anything metallic mixed with earthy-jewel tones set on an ivory background. Actress Aya Sumika's living room is a perfect example of the combination that I feel evokes the richness of fall with undertones of glamour.

Photograph: Knapp Interiors

Celerie Kemble
Kemble Interiors
New York

For me, the feeling of fall can be captured in a cool snap of wind blowing through ruddy leaves. This room has a similar energy, juxtaposing a crisp blue with warm bronze, the ice of a crystal chandelier against painted wood floors.

Photograph: Reprinted from the book To Your Taste by Celerie Kemble. Copyright © 2008 by Celerie Kemble. Photographs copyright © 2008 by Zach DeSart. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.

Elizabeth Dinkel
Elizabeth Dinkel Design Associates
Los Angeles

I like to use unexpected color combinations for a rich, inviting composition in fall schemes. In this image of a hallway, the soft blue (Benjamin Moore "Misty Gray"), provides a warm juxtaposition to more dramatic checkerboard floors. In the Living Room beyond, the combination of Benjamin Moore "Iced Cube Silver" on the paneled walls with the lilac of the window treatments makes for a subtle, yet effective contrast for these interiors.

Photograph: Karyn Millet

Scott Laslie
Scott Laslie & Associates
Atlanta

I like to use a foundation of black and neutrals. Black can ground a room while highlights of beige, chocolate brown, and rusty reds can warm it up. Natural wood pieces also add great color and texture -- bringing something more organic to the mix of glass, acrylic, and lacquer. I prefer keeping fabric colors more controlled and adding your pops with fabulous artwork.

Photograph: Lauren Rubinstein

Darryl Carter
Darryl Carter, Inc.
Washington, D.C.

In the kitchen of my country house, an antique work table with a honey-toned wood base and well-worn bluestone top are set against crisp white walls and warm white-painted barn wood floors that allow the early setting sun and light of the fire to permeate the room with a soft glow that always feels like fall to me.

Photograph: Gordon Beall

Lonni Paul
Lonni Paul
Design Los Angeles


Brown is a classic and always stylish. I love to use it as a neutral. Rich, dark and velvety like melted chocolate, the right brown anchors a room and gives it depth. It's masculine and elegant with cream, beige, and caramel but also works beautifully with a more feminine pallet. For the fall, I'd pair it with bold jewel tones like amethyst, deep turquoise or ruby red for an infusion of color that gives a luxurious and timely feeling.

Photograph: Lonni Paul

Brad Ford
Brad Ford I.D.
New York

Fall is one of my absolute favorite times of the year and one of the reasons I like it so much is because of the warm colors associated with the season. I'm still amazed at how the leaves change into such rich hues before falling. I normally like to work with a more neutral palette because I feel like I can manipulate it regardless of the season. So when autumn comes around I like to layer with pillows and throws that are representative of the changing leaves -- smoky mauves, burnt orange, or mossy greens. I also like to have fresh-cut flowers that are associated with the season not only to bring in some of these autumnal colors but also to bring a little bit of the outdoors in.

Photograph: Brian Fender

Chris Barrett
Chris Barrett Design
Los Angeles

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the comfort of neutrals with pops of color, especially dark pink!

Photograph: Chris Barrett Design

Bruce Fox
Heather G. Wells, Ltd.
Chicago/Boston

I love using warm and cool tones together in a room. Here, golden oak paneling with smoke and pewter-toned fabrics sit on a latte-hued cashmere rug. Chocolate and Indigo blue accents bring it all together.

Photograph: Heather G. Wells, Ltd.

Kate Singer
Kate Singer Home
Huntington, New York

Deep chocolate brown walls combined with spring green, winter white, and a touch of orange suits the fall season in this cozy living room. To me, dark brown is the quintessential autumn color when the seasons turn.

Photograph: Mark Samu, Samu Studios

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Benjamin Bradley
Bradley Thiergartner Interiors
New York

We love this Spice Palette -- with the primary color being Paprika. It seems just right for this time of year as it is inviting and energizing. It is traditional without being red. Contemporary without being orange. We like to use colors such as olive green (bay leaves), brown (cinnamon), and golden tones (curry) to support it.

Photograph: Keith Scott Morton