Ode to My Favorite Fall Color: Sunny, Soulful Saffron

Ode to My Favorite Fall Color: Sunny, Soulful Saffron

Eleanor Büsing
Sep 17, 2015

With the start of September being the culturally accepted (if not technical) start of fall, my thoughts are on the riot of color just around the corner. Maybe it's the association of falling leaves, or the pair of back-to-school bootcut cords I sported in grade seven, but the color I most associate with the season is a rich saffron yellow. It's perfect for these early fall days- vibrant enough to mix with summer shades, but rich enough to hint at cozier things to come.

Decor-wise, saffron (and its greener sister, mustard, and more yellow cousin, goldenrod) is a surprisingly versatile shade. It straddles the line between "feminine" and "masculine" color (if you even buy into that) and works particularly well as an accent. The gorgeous Moroccan temple above is wall-to-wall saffron, but here are some spaces in which smaller doses of the rich, bold yellow have been used to great effect.

Saffron is one of my favorite shades for a bright sofa. This space, featured in Est. Magazine, shows just how the color glows.

Another yellow sofa in a brighter space, this time from Design*Sponge.

It can look great on the walls too, shown here on an accent wall from The Socialite Family.

(Image credit: Scout via Pinterest)

In terms of color combos, one of my favorites is the pairing of saffron yellow with deep, dark purple. This bed from Scout (found via Pinterest) shows how it's done.

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

Rich, inky blue, like in this room from Farrow & Ball (via Côté Maison), pairs perfectly with saffron, too. The wall color is Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball, in case anyone is wondering... *swoon*!

(Image credit: Emily Henderson)

It also works with brighter shades, as in Emily Henderson's old bedroom, where a bright mustard plays well with vibrant blues and hot pink.

I love the way a slightly browner version of the color plays unexpectedly against mint green in this Mexican retail space featured in Lonny. One to file away for the future, I think.

Saffron looks great as an energizing, contemporary pop in a neutral and traditional space from the dearly departed Metropolitan Home, via 1st Dibs.

(Image credit: Abigail Ahern)

And look how it glows in Abigail Ahern's dark-hued home... beautiful.

Do you associate certain colors with certain seasons? What shade feels like fall to you?

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