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Cool temperatures make us long for fall colors

By Kathryn Weber
Tribune Content Agency

There’s something about fall that makes you feel like decorating. The cool temps make us long for warm, deep colors that echo the autumn leaves and seasonal produce such as pumpkins, bright squashes and gourds, apples and grapes.

With that in mind, consider updating your dining room chairs, throwing a new coat of paint on a dining room walls, or changing linens and comforters. With some fresh fall color choices, your house will feel both cozy and updated.

Shades of nature

Start with the shades of nature. One hot pick for this fall is yellow. Tones in a muted mustard pick up on the golden hues of autumn leaves. Today’s yellow isn’t a deep ochre or lemony shade, but a fresh medium yellow that will give a cheery lift to the dull winter months and take you through to spring.

Last year, the “it” color was emerald. It still is, but paired with a deeper teal, the two look bright and fall-like. Teal makes a great color for kitchen cabinets. Too daring? Go for a teal throw on the sofa, some pillows on the bed, or towels in the bathroom. Teal looks especially chic on painted furniture.

True blues

Blue shades do a lot of heavy lifting all year long but lose some of their luster once autumn arrives. To add interest, instead of a medium shade, opt for deep, rich tones such as indigo blue, with its nod to purple. It’s that touch of purple that makes blue feel richly traditional and up-to-date at the same time.

If using indigo in a large room seems like too much, try it in a powder room to surprise and delight guests.

A glass of red

Take a cue from the wines of autumn and try a shade of burgundy on the wall. This color is perfectly at home in a dining or family room. For just a touch of this rich red, select burgundy table linens to instantly warm things up. If you find darker shades too intense, go up a few notches to a vibrant raspberry that’s at once warm and cool.

Don’t be afraid to pair reds and burgundies. A deep burgundy looks smashing with with raspberry, adding a vibrant dynamic to your fall decor.

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