Color Theory: Fall Tones

Here at Front Door, we can’t wait for the leaves to turn. Autumn means big sweaters, warm cider, and cozy nights in. The latter means you’ll have more time for painting, sewing, crafts, or any kind of home project you’ve been putting off all summer. The good thing about designing in the fall is that its key colors work all year round and are potent enough to change a room’s look with only a particularly hued accessory.

Fall 2011 isn’t your mother’s autumn. This year classic colors like navy, plum, and gray are being mixed with bright yellows, warm pinks, and vibrant oranges. Royal Blue is playing a huge part as well; a trend that we can really get behind. With accents like wood, gold metallic, lace, feathers, and fake fur, you can take your décor much farther this year in easy, simple additions.

Emotions are important to remember when decorating; if you tend to be stressed, according to color theory, you might not want to paint your bedroom a bright, vibrant color like fire engine red that may only keep your high energy going. The same idea goes for rooms of productivity – kitchens are usually painted in those brighter colors because that’s a room you would want to feel energized in. Each color goes farther than providing just a “fall feel,” and we’ve created a handy chart to show the psychological connotations that they evoke.

plum

PLUM

Visionary, Royal, Introspective. Best used in places of rest or study.

marigold

MARIGOLD

Nourishing, Comforting, Sun-baked. Cozy and rich, marigold works well in any room you feel needs a bit of sunshine.

navy

NAVY

Authentic, Classic, Nostalgic. Ultra versatile for any room.

teal

DEEP TEAL

Serene, Sophisticated, Confident. Vintage chic, use this in calmer spaces.

orange

VIBRANT ORANGE

Fun, Whimsical, Gregarious. A vibrant, energizing color like this works best in small doses or kitchens.

olive

OLIVE

Vintage, Sentimental, Peaceful. Use in spaces meant for relaxation or deep thought.

grey

WARM GREY

Classic, Mature, Cozy. Be careful to use it in places that get light or warmth from other colors, or else it can feel prison-like.

brown

EARTHY BROWNS

Earthy, Warm, Wholesome. A classic staple, it can work in many rooms = but be careful about lighting and accents, as it can make spaces feel darker and smaller.

royal blue

ROYAL BLUE

Electric, Vibrant, Stirring. Another color that can pack a punch in even the smallest of doses.

FALL ACCENTS:

Red, Burgundy, Bright Pink, Warm Cream, Taupe, Pale Lavendar, Tan, Coral, Metallic, Fake Fur, Lace

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