By Maria Martin / ShopAtHome.com
It’s time to chill, in oh so many ways. Temperatures are cooling off, and all things winter and cold don’t seem so distant anymore.
Décor experts agree it’s time to warm up the house, and the way to do that is with color. When you’re searching for just the right hues, the pros say, let the deep jewel tones of the season offer inspiration.
“Add a burnt orange, which is warm and on trend, and works if you (already) have cool colors like green and blue,” says Brenda Meyers, founder of Rejuvanest in Denver. “Also consider plum, which is warm.”
Walk away, she says, from the silver pieces that look so good in the summer.
“To really make a trend bang, opt for gold rather than silver,” Meyers says.
Julie Guggemos, vice president of product design and development at Target, says the store is featuring a color palette that includes orange and oxblood, supported by ambers, teals and greens.
“Rich green is a new color for us this season,” she says. “We think it translates nicely in the salt glaze we’re using on some of our ceramic pieces.”
When making changes around the home, take tips from the trees showing their autumn colors, says Ralph Snyder, vice president of home design for Kohl’s.
“An easy way to update the home for fall is to incorporate rich autumnal colors, such as the deep reds, vibrant oranges, golden yellows and velvety browns,” he says. “Use pieces that can be switched out seasonally, like a cozy throw blanket, a fall table centerpiece or a decorative rug.”
Don’t stop in the living room when adding a touch of warmth to the home, says Jackie Jordon, Sherwin-Williams’ director of color marketing. Try an accent wall in a kitchen, bedroom or bathroom.
“Kitchens are a popular place to gather, and a bold color can create warmth and comfort in the space,” she says.
Here are some finds that highlight the rich colors of the season.
Artisan Accents Rope Pouf (on sale for $78 at Kohl’s). Pumpkins look great for a couple of weeks on the front porch … and then they start to rot. But this pumpkin-colored knit pouf will look classic for years to come.
Threshold Glazed Ceramic Lamp Base in turquoise ($55) and Linen Lamp Shade in yellow ($25, both at Target). This deep-green ceramic lamp with a salt glaze blends in with all the rich colors of the season, and the gold shade warms up any room.
Threshold Mixing Bowl Set ($18 at target.com). Guggemos of Target says that the pieces in the Geo Decal Serveware Collection add “pop to any party.” Serving platter, mini bowls and appetizer plates can be mixed and matched.
Rapture Decorative Pillow (on sale for $16.50 at Kohl’s). Fresh fall colors and a blossom design on this pillow make it an easy couch update.
Skarup Rug ($499 at Ikea). This high-pile wool rug comes in a rich cranberry and will warm up a room visually and physically.
Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler Crescent Heights Tufted Chair (on sale for $1,015 at JC Penney). Make a statement with this bold arm chair. The navy color is hot for fall and the midcentury-modern influence makes it über hip.
Martha Stewart Collection Harmony Throw (on sale for $30 at Macy’s). Get cozy under a warm, soft throw such as this one, which comes in plum, green, linen and cranberry shades.