28 Gorgeous Ways to Decorate with Fall Colors

By Jessica Bennett
Jessica Bennett
28 Gorgeous Ways to Decorate with Fall Colors
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Pumpkin-Orange Walls

orange dining room skirted table
Laurey Glenn

Temper the vibrancy of orange with substantial doses of white. Here, fall’s iconic pumpkin-orange is toned down a shade and paired with creamy white on the floors, ceiling, and trim to create a look that hints at fall without screaming Halloween. In addition, a colorful tablecloth and brilliant blue pillows help ensure the design endures throughout the year rather than just one season.

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Bright Fall Colors

dining area with wooden table and orange chairs
Annie Schlechter

Make a bold fall color palette work by incorporating plenty of neutrals for balance. To prevent the bright orange chairs from overwhelming this dining room, the color is contrasted with cloudy gray wallpaper and light wood floors. The subtly striped tablecloth and textiles on the daybed repeat the orange around the room.

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Fall Jewel Tones

global colorful banquette purple velvet sectional table wood parquet floors
David Tsay

Fall color schemes aren’t limited to the bright yellows and oranges of autumn foliage. Jewel tones that deliver moody, saturated color can feel just as seasonally appropriate. Try layering shades like rich amethyst, deep turquoise, brilliant emerald, and sparkling citrine for a cozy yet colorful effect.

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Rustic Autumn Neutrals

master bedroom with neutral textiles, lucite bedside tables, and exposed wood wall
Michael Partenio

Rich neutrals and wood tones evoke the warm, comforting feeling of fall. This bedroom establishes a rustic character with a wood-paneled accent wall and exposed ceiling beams. Gunmetal gray appears on the headboard, area rug, and other accents for cool contrast, while furry pillows and layers of soft textiles add cozy fall comfort.

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Fall Leaf Hues

bright green and orange modern casual banquette
Emily Followill

Certain species of trees boast leaves that gradually change from green to yellow. That in-between shade of yellow-green has a fall air without being too seasonal. Here, it pairs well with mossy green and brilliant orange accents in a colorful dining nook.

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Monochromatic Fall Design

yellow bedroom color scheme
Michael Partenio

Look to the changing leaves for fall color palette inspiration. In this bedroom, the golden yellow of maple leaves color the walls, bedding, curtains, and rug. The varying tints envelop the room in a monochromatic blanket of glowing warmth.

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Seasonal Palette

rustic living room fall décor
Michael Partenio

Autumn’s array of hues includes both vibrant tones and subtle neutral fall colors, and these hues often appear side by side in nature. Apply the same logic to your home for a color scheme inspired by the season. Here, warm beige colors the furniture, while spicy orange and brick red are introduced on accent pillows, throw blankets, and mantel accessories. Attributes from nature, such as the leaf accents and wood flooring, continue the fall theme.

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Neutral Fall Colors

dining table bench wallpaper flowers
Robert Brinson

Rustic fall decor establishes a relaxed, inviting atmosphere. Creamy taupes, like the colors in this dining room, create a fresh take on the style. An assortment of natural materials, including a Belgian oak trestle table, rattan chairs, and a linen-covered banquette, offer layers of cozy texture. Bring in a small burst of robust color with seasonal foliage.

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Soothing Grays

Flea Market Ideas gray living room
Reed Davis

Make neutral fall colors feel new by layering in warm accents. In this gray living room, an ashy hue on the walls creates a cool backdrop that shifts with the changing autumn light. Warm iron-gray in metals and fabrics adds depth, while wisps of blue and rays of saffron come in through art and accessories. A shapely armchair contrasts a rough-hewn coffee table, ornate stone lamps, and soft white muslin curtains with black forged-iron hardware. Antique pieces bring even more warmth and patina.

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Orange Pops in a Bedroom

art headboards bedroom chair lamp
Brie Williams

Pull together a room by repeating colors on different accents and furnishings. For example, in this bedroom, a vibrant orange hue appears on the accent pillows, artwork, side table, and fabric trim on the upholstered armchairs. This repetition creates a sense of continuity and cohesiveness.

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Tips for Decorating with Warm Colors


Warm colors convey a cozy, welcoming quality. Reminiscent of turning leaves and seasonal produce, these hues are closely associated with autumn. See how to create a warm fall color scheme that can be applied to all aspects of a room.

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Pumpkin-Orange Kitchen

orange kitchen open cabinets
James R Salomon

For a burst of fall energy, consider a bright pumpkin-orange for kitchen cabinetry. The juicy hue ups the brightness of this neutral kitchen, while well-placed hits of red—orange’s neighbor on the color wheel—create a comforting analogous scheme. Black enhances the fall color scheme and grounds the autumnal look.

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Red-Accented Living Room

red cozy living room
Robert Brinson

When adding color to a neutral room, the key to success is repetition. Autumnal red accents are strategically placed in this cozy white living room to keep the eye moving around the space. While one red accent might have seemed out of place, positioning red accents against different neutral backdrops, including the chair, walls, and floor, creates a balanced look.

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Warm-Toned Open-Concept

dining kitchen chairs table cloth
Michael Partenio

Connect an open floor plan by sprinkling similar fall-inspired hues throughout. Rich persimmon linen dresses this round dining table and links to orange, yellow, and red dishware showcased on open shelving in the nearby kitchen. The warm colors continue onto the runner rug and cushioned window seat just off the dining area.

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Brown Bedroom Ideas

rustic bedroom textures patterns
Ed Gohlich

If you’re craving coziness, shades of brown deliver. The earthy tone pairs well with fall colors like red and yellow and looks especially cozy when accented with plenty of patterns and textures. In this bedroom, taupe walls partner with red and gray bedding that layers paisley, stripes, and graphic prints. A salvaged barnwood headboard contributes rustic texture.

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Warm and Neutral Fall Colors

breakfast nook dining kitchen built in
John Granen

Pair warm fall shades with crisp neutral fall colors that tone down the temperature. Here, marigold-painted chairs, orange pillows, and creamy white walls establish an inviting foundation. A gray built-in banquette and artwork featuring blue skies introduce cooler shades that contrast the autumn-inspired accents.

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Decorating with Burgundy

living room fireplace stone
Ray Kachatorian

Fall-inspired decor encompasses both color and texture. The deep burgundy red accents, including plush velvet pillows, a garden stool side table, and mantel accessories, enhance this living room’s neutral base. Natural wood featured on the ceiling trim, windows, and mantel keeps the room warm and cozy.

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Seasonal Accent Touches

bright living space artwork art
Emily Followill

Use accents to quickly introduce fall color into your space. Consider the hues you’re already using and search for pieces that feature complementary autumnal shades. Here, patterned pillows, a fuzzy throw, and wall art bring in fall color that blends easily with the room’s existing white, gray, and wood tones.

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Autumnal Background

book wall reading room
Werner Straube

Creamy taupe woodwork instantly warms up this fall-inspired family room. The neutral tone pairs well with the splash of golden yellow that highlights an artful display of children’s books. Orange-red Eames chairs and an overscale pattern on the sofa carry fall color throughout the space.

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Easy Fall Updates

Cabin living room wood wall floor
Laurie Black

For inexpensive fall style, look to thrift store finds and flea market treasures. In this rustic living room, a coffee table from a garage sale and a worn wooden map anchor a sea of autumn-color pillows. Other inexpensive accents, like a lamp shade and vintage coffee table books, showcase vibrant red and yellow hues.

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Glam Autumn Style

red living room white furniture patterns
Michael Partenio

Give fall color schemes a dose of glamour by including shiny metallics, glossy finishes, and sophisticated prints. While fall tends to bear a casual tone, it takes an upscale approach in this living room thanks to the mirrors above the sofa, shapely lamps, and zebra-print pillows. Pops of pumpkin orange and mocha-brown walls carry the fall look.

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Neutral Stone Hearth

fall living room stone fireplace
Werner Straube

When the foundation of a room is rustic, fall hues are a natural fit for the color scheme. In this living room, crimson reds and wheat yellows reverberate against the stone fireplace, rough-hewn beams, and trusses across the ceiling. For a subdued fall look that will hold its own year-round, opt for a subtler shade for the largest swaths of color, such as upholstered pieces or on the walls. Here, soft yellow paint grounds the room as a neutral fall color.

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Unexpected Hues

purple dining room textures
Michael Partenio

While fall usually conjures yellows, reds, and oranges, aubergine can be incorporated into the palette for an unexpected twist. The saturated shade of purple provides a cool contrast to fall’s trademark warm hues. And because aubergine is such a strong color, it creates a cozy atmosphere when paired with a rust red or golden yellow.

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Statement Fall Color

yellow dining room red chairs
Edmund Barr

If there’s one fall hue you just can’t get enough of, use it as a striking accent in a room. Paint an accent wall in the color, buy upholstered furniture starring the shade, or paint dining room chairs in your chosen tint.

In this autumnal dining room, an apple red makes a statement on traditional dining room chairs. In addition, the color is found in the area rug, creating a seamless look. An orange throw tossed over the bench completes the fall look, but it could be easily swapped out for a blue one that matches the rug during other seasons.

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Chocolate Brown Warmth

chocolate brown bedroom
Ed Gohlich

Applying the same color to different textures within a space creates a supple look, especially when the hue is as rich as this chocolate brown. A smooth accent wall, carved-wood headboard, leather ottomans, and graphic area rug all showcase the same brown color. Because it’s applied to different surfaces, it takes on other qualities that add dimension to the bedroom.

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Autumn-Inspired Accents

Painted bookshelf tan orange accents
Edmund Barr

Update a subtle palette with an equally muted fall hue. This room’s gray and sea-glass green color scheme receives an autumnal update with the addition of dusty pumpkin-orange accents. The warm color contrasts the cool tones of the room while blending into the established serene color scheme.

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Fall Flower Inspiration

fall flower bedroom inspiration
Helen Norman

Use popular fall flowers, such as mums, as a starting point for a fall-based color scheme. Match the vibrant tones to colors on a paint chip card, then use the lighter shades on the card as the basis for your room’s color scheme. The result will be a season-inspired room, rather than a season-specific space.

In this cozy bedroom, the color on the walls is a toned-down version of an orange mum, and the hue is used in stronger intensities on the accessories to create a balanced color scheme that’s vibrant and soft.

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Fall Color Schemes

red Environment Inspiration living room
Michael Partenio

Let existing elements determine the right fall color to use in your room. The red brick framing the stove alcove in this space is mimicked in the accessories and furnishings. By repeating the red hue, the surround becomes more integrated into the room, as it is no longer the only red accent in a sea of white.

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