Fall is often associated with bright reds and deep oranges – the colors of the changing leaves. However, there is another, much more subtle means of embracing this season of change. Using a palette of warm neutrals, you can still infuse your space with an autumnal ambience while sticking to a minimalist approach. The beauty of neutrals is that you can create warmth with textures, materials, and undertones without making huge seasonal changes.
Embrace Earth Tones
In the fall and winter, earth tones with warm undertones will help make your space feel inviting, calm, and cozy. Anything from a rich cream with yellow undertones to a warm chocolate brown can provide a sense of warmth. Even grays can look warm and earthy if you choose the right one. When choosing paint colors, it’s best to try swatches in a room at different times of the day to see how the light affects the appearance. Neutrals with cool undertones can make a space feel chilly, whereas warm colors will make it more cozy and intimate.
Play Up Textures
As you won’t have the striking visual impact of bold colors, embracing thick textures is a great way to add dimension to your space. Soft knit and cashmere throws, velvet or faux fur pillows, and upholstery in earth hues are a few options to give your space the richness it needs to feel like fall.
Warm Area Rugs
There’s nothing enjoyable about bare feet on cold floors in the fall and winter. Rugs play a really important role in making a home feel snug in the colder months, which is why we recommend adding or layering rugs. A thick, textural rug made from materials like faux sheepskin or wool will make your home instantly feel more welcoming. Here at GDC, we can also custom fit any of our rugs to your space.
Wood brings an instant richness and an organic feel to your space. Whether you want to use wooden furniture, small accent pieces, or actual stacks of firewood by your fireplace, adding wood decor can dial up the autumnal vibes.
Finally, you don’t have to forego traditional decorations in order to stick to a neutral color palette. In our opinion, there is nothing more chic than a white pumpkin. White pumpkins naturally have a creamy hue that makes them feel elevated and upscale without any carvings. Stack them on your mantle, front porch, and on side tables – there is no such thing as too many. We particularly love pairing white pumpkins with metallic accent pieces as it makes them feel even more luxurious.
Styling Warm Neutrals for Fall
There is nothing boring about neutrals. Fresh neutrals have been very popular the past few years and we’re excited to keep pushing the trend each time we adapt it to our clients’ preferences. When you narrow in on neutrals, it allows many other possibilities to open up – from adding unique textures to layering rugs that would clash were they in color. Stop by any of our three interior design stores in Charleston to discover all our neutral decor and upholstery – we’ll help you create an autumnal atmosphere using just a few of your favorite shades.
Shop the Look
Shagreen Hex Tray
Wrapped in a light grey faux shagreen, this hexagonal tray will meet your serving or display needs.
Kali Woven Jute Rug
This simple flatwoven jute area rug is eco-friendly, ultra durable and great for any indoor room.
Costal Living Perennial Lantern
Hand-lathed from solid wood and distressed for a rustic chic effect.