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Selecting The Right Fall Colors For Your Home

The heat and intensity of summer are quietly ushered out on the chill of an autumn breeze. Trees take the drop in temperature as their cue to begin their mesmerizingly colorful transformations. All of this breathtaking change happening right outside your window may have you itching for a little change in the interior of your home. How long have your kitchen walls been painted that acidic lime green? Why did you ever think it was a good idea to suffocate your living room in archaic floral wallpaper? The autumn leaves may prove to be just the inspiration you need to revamp your home. But when choosing the right fall colors for your interior design there are a few things that you should keep in mind, toss the color samples and interior design books out the window and take a stroll in the great outdoors. Any color that you see in the autumn landscape can be incorporated into your design scheme. After all, design is about breaking free of convention and being free to indulge creativity. Prolific fashion photographer Helmut Newton once said, “I hate good taste. It’s the worst thing that can happen to a creative person.” Don’t let conventions limit your creative vision. Avoid Going Too Dark In fall you will often see a lot of dark greens, chocolaty browns, and deep burgundies. These colors can be gorgeous when incorporated in interior design but they should be used with caution. Dark hues tend to make a space appear smaller and less open. Covering four walls in a forest green may seem like a great idea but in reality it will create a dark, oppressive space. So unless your goal is to create a cave-like experience, you should consider using dark colors sparingly. If there is a dark tone that you are absolutely enamored with, consider applying that color to an accent wall and choosing a lighter color for the other walls. That way you get the satisfaction of seeing the rich, dark hue but the room remains bright and open. Think Small Details Maybe you really want to apply a fall color palette in your interior design but you are hesitant to make a big change. Fortunately, you can benefit from the warmth and beauty of fall colors without repainting or replacing all of your furniture. The key is to pay attention to the details. Incorporate autumn hues through small accents in your rooms. For instance, instead of replacing your entire sofa with one in a rich burgundy, invest in some fall inspired pillows or throws. You can include fall colors in small but impactful ways such as in lamp shades, curtains, mirror frames, stools, candles, and vases. You can even incorporate fun autumn themed objects like dried gourds, pumpkins, fall wreaths, or Indiana corn. Make It Personal Remember that no matter what theme you apply to your interior decorating, one thing should never change – your home is always a reflection of you. In the words of Winston Churchill, “We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.”    Author Bio: Cynthia Phillips plays an important role for Pratt Designs providing detailed drawings and assisting with the following duties: generating AutoCad drawings for construction, space planning, furniture layouts and custom pieces; creating sketches to help clients visualise our design concepts; assisting in selections of furniture, fabrics and furnishings; staying current on the latest offerings from our vendors; and up to date on latest trends in design. (Photo courtesy of corbisimages.com)
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Selecting The Right Fall Colors For Your Home

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This Fall season, benefit from the warmth of fall colors without repainting or replacing your furniture.

The heat and intensity of summer are quietly ushered out on the chill of an autumn breeze. Trees take the drop in temperature as their cue to begin their mesmerizingly colorful transformations. All of this breathtaking change happening right outside your window may have you itching for a little change in the interior of your home. How long have your kitchen walls been painted that acidic lime green? Why did you ever think it was a good idea to suffocate your living room in archaic floral wallpaper? The autumn leaves may prove to be just the inspiration you need to revamp your home. But when choosing the right fall colors for your interior design there are a few things that you should keep in mind, toss the color samples and interior design books out the window and take a stroll in the great outdoors. Any color that you see in the autumn landscape can be incorporated into your design scheme. After all, design is about breaking free of convention and being free to indulge creativity. Prolific fashion photographer Helmut Newton once said, “I hate good taste. It’s the worst thing that can happen to a creative person.” Don’t let conventions limit your creative vision.

Avoid Going Too Dark

In fall you will often see a lot of dark greens, chocolaty browns, and deep burgundies. These colors can be gorgeous when incorporated in interior design but they should be used with caution. Dark hues tend to make a space appear smaller and less open. Covering four walls in a forest green may seem like a great idea but in reality it will create a dark, oppressive space. So unless your goal is to create a cave-like experience, you should consider using dark colors sparingly. If there is a dark tone that you are absolutely enamored with, consider applying that color to an accent wall and choosing a lighter color for the other walls. That way you get the satisfaction of seeing the rich, dark hue but the room remains bright and open.

Think Small Details

Maybe you really want to apply a fall color palette in your interior design but you are hesitant to make a big change. Fortunately, you can benefit from the warmth and beauty of fall colors without repainting or replacing all of your furniture. The key is to pay attention to the details. Incorporate autumn hues through small accents in your rooms. For instance, instead of replacing your entire sofa with one in a rich burgundy, invest in some fall inspired pillows or throws. You can include fall colors in small but impactful ways such as in lamp shades, curtains, mirror frames, stools, candles, and vases. You can even incorporate fun autumn themed objects like dried gourds, pumpkins, fall wreaths, or Indiana corn.

Make It Personal

Remember that no matter what theme you apply to your interior decorating, one thing should never change – your home is always a reflection of you. In the words of Winston Churchill, “We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.” 

 

Author Bio: Cynthia Phillips plays an important role for Pratt Designs providing detailed drawings and assisting with the following duties: generating AutoCad drawings for construction, space planning, furniture layouts and custom pieces; creating sketches to help clients visualise our design concepts; assisting in selections of furniture, fabrics and furnishings; staying current on the latest offerings from our vendors; and up to date on latest trends in design.

(Photo courtesy of corbisimages.com)

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