Color Combo: Fall Browns, Pinks, and Oranges

Color Combo: Fall Browns, Pinks, and Oranges

Leah Moss
Oct 25, 2010

When I was growing up in DC I tended to think of fall in terms of muted colors — dead leaves — but returning east after several years in a season-less climate has made me realize that the rich palette of autumn that is anything but subdued. Saturated and deep, the browns, oranges, and pinks have me swooning.

A few years ago brown walls made a huge come back, and not just in 70s throw-back applications. Like dark walls in general, they have a magical quality perfectly suited to a variety of architectural styles (and lack there of) that can make a room void of character seem instantly pulled together in a way that white and light colored walls cannot. Add in a few other autumn colored friends: oranges, pinks, and reds, and you have a room that appears as warm and intentional as it is unique and daring. As you can see from the examples above, the same color palette can take on many different moods depending on the application. It can increase the pop appeal as is Supon's Kalorama bedroom (picture 1) or play up the fun slightly retro vibe (picture 2). In a neutral room, the combination keeps the room from feeling the least bit bland (picture 3), whereas in a fully loaded room, the dramatic palette lends itself to the sumptuous feeling of the space.

Too much or just right? What's your take?

Images: 1: Leah Moss for Apartment Therapy, Supon's Kalorama Oasis, 2, 4: Jeffers Design Group, 3: via Desire to Inpsire, 5: Domino decorating contest

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