I’m travelling, we’ve been in Boston for the weekend and yesterday we drove up to Provincetown where we spent the night! I’m getting a great education on exterior colours in Cape Code (check out some pics I posted on my Instagram here).
For example, I have always said that if you paint a white house with shutters anything but black, it looks like ‘We couldn’t afford to paint the house so we added colour here’. but here at the cape everything goes and that’s because the architecture is consistent! It’s hard to drive here because I want to stop every five minutes and take a picture!
Tomorrow my Boston Specify Colour with Confidence workshop starts!
Tricia has whipped up a post about Fall decorating for your reading pleasure while I’m on the road:
I love everything about fall, especially the colour palette. Have you ever noticed that people tend to be drawn to the colours they look good in? Well I’ve got yellow green eyes and reddish hair, and I’ve always loved some of the least popular colours like olive and mustard.
My house has warm orangey oak floors from the 50s, so the warm tones of autumn tend to look good in my home too. Plus I was born in September, and I’m a weirdo that loved school, so I have a few special places in my heart for fall.
Fall is a time to slow down and cocoon a bit, something that makes me love it even more. Who doesn’t crave comfort food and cozy potlucks in the colder months?
It’s also great time to redecorate the nest a bit to create a cozy feel and do some entertaining.
Repeat the color of the pumpkins with Fall potted plants
I’m heading out this week to pick up some pumpkins for the porch. We don’t get the really interesting gourds and pumpkins here in Canada that Americans have so one way to make a plain orange pumpkin look interesting is to repeat the colour in the flowers.
Where, I live, flowers and plants don’t work outside in our freezing temperatures this time of year. I usually get a few pots of “fall” mums to enjoy for the last couple weeks of August and into the beginning of September so I don’t miss out!
Chalk paint pumpkins to get the colour you want
It’s amazing what you can do with chalk paint now! Love this creative collection of painted pumpkins. The instructions are here.
Fall here is stunning but very short. The trees are already bare, leaving me craving more colours like jade, forrest, olive, pumpkin, rust, cognac, saddle, mustard and plum.
Do you tend to change up your decor seasonally? I do, but I don’t go overboard. I might change out some art, cushions and maybe a tablescape just to have something new to look at. I’ve amassed quite a collection of cushion covers, Maria would approve 🙂
And it’s also absolutely possible to layer rich warm tones into a fresh, light and white room.
Here’s a beautiful display of mums indoors (below). That rusty orange looks great mixed with classic blue and white.
Switch out cushions and throws
You can switch out your cushions and add a cozy throw to immediately create a completely different and fall-cozy feel. Here’s a lovely white bedroom (below) with some spicy seasonal colours simply mixed in.
I love the rich look and feel of tribal fabrics. You can find lots of African mudcloth pillows on Etsy, they come in a nice range of blues, black, cream and also rust orange like the one in the room above.
And traditional kantha quilts come in a variety of colours and textures adding loads of personality to a room tossed on a sofa or folded at the end of a bed. This online shop has a wonderful curated collection of them including this one below.
Or you can go for more traditional fall motifs.
I just love this gorgeous watercolour fall themed pillow (below).
You could mix it with soft celadon, rich brown leather, dusty blues and it would be right at home in a white or turquoise room with some of the warm tones repeated like with this warm ochre wool throw below.
Warm and earthy colours can be happily incorporated as accents into a fresh light room the same way that white and wood tones balance each other out. The key is to repeat them and maintain a nice balance between warm and cool colours to keep it looking current.
If you can’t overcome your association of richer tones with the Tuscan or brown trend, where we were layering warm upon more warm tones to create the look, try combining them with more current cool colours and jewel tones for a fresh perspective.
This mustard gold sofa looks both rich and fresh mixed with pastel pink and cool cobalt blues in this youthful and casual white room below.
Add cozy velvet
Some mustard velvet cushions would do nicely in a room with navy or cobalt and gold accents.
Switch out your artwork
West Elm has lots of art to choose from.
And, you can always integrate a new accent colour with a patterned fabric or artpeice that incorporates the existing palette with the colour you’d like to introduce.
Here’s a nice print framed in gold that would help tie mustard in with blues and pinks below.
You can mix toasty colours into the coolest of rooms to change up the feel in a pinch. Look at this beautiful blue living room with just a touch of orange to enliven the blues.
Here’s a classic cream and white bedroom with simple and cozy orange accents and a similar style fringed pillow below. Maybe the solid silk fringed pillow is a trending classic right now?
I’d also like to declare purple to be a fall colour. Everything from violet pink to plum and wine. Wine certainly belongs with the harvest 😉 In fashion this decadent hue shows up every fall, why not in interiors?
A little bit of violet brings depth to an otherwise light or neutral room. It also pairs well with blues, greens, and warmer ochre and gold. Why not pop on some fun colourful lampshades for some moody atmosphere?
This combination of purple, wine and orange is perfect for the season (below).
Here, both mustard and wine warm up an otherwise navy and white room (below). Beautifully done!
Painting and colour by True Colour Expert Heidi Nyline’s company Warline Painting in Vancouver
Notice how in all of these rooms, the warm accent colour is repeated more than once in order to make it work. If you have more than a couple of accent colours already in your room, you might need to eliminate one and put a few things in storage to be able to introduce another strong hue.
Try orange if you have lots of greens or turquoise in your decor. If you have cooler or deeper blues like indigo, cobalt or navy, try mustard or gold. Soft browns and purples seem to work well across the board so you can’t really go wrong.
Just be sure to get at least a few things in the new colour to make it look intentional. You may find you like it so much the the fall season becomes perennial in your house 😉
And don’t forget to keep your whites, creams and pastels mixed in for freshness and balance. Just like adding white or cream to an earthy colour scheme makes if fresh, crisp and pale colours will keep warm tones balanced and current looking.
Have you done any fall decorating this year?
Here’s a pic of my Atlanta Specify Colour with Confidence workshop from last week. Speaking of purple, can you see my new purple glasses?
Atlanta Specify Colour with Confidence Workshop
Have a great week my lovelies!