As summer turns to autumn, gorgeous hues of red, orange and gold decorate the trees across much of the country. But it's not just Mother Nature that's changing colors for fall — homeowners are getting in on the act as well.
There's a lot to do to get the outside of your home ready for fall, but that doesn't mean you need to neglect the inside. A quick coat of paint can brighten up any room, and it certainly costs less than any remodeling job. To help homeowners choose new colors and stay on trend, Ohio-based paint company Glidden has compiled its list of must-have colors for fall.
According to Pantone, the company which largely sets color-formula standards for fashion and home-goods manufacturing, "fantasy and illusion" are inspiring color choices this season. "With an unexpected mix of darks, brights and neutrals, [these colors] cleverly manipulate reality to transport consumers to an enchanting place, free from the stresses of everyday life," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
Crisp Autumn Leaves. "The warmth of Crisp Autumn Leaves is perfect in areas where you wish to create a friendly atmosphere that exudes warmth and sophistication when combined with a neutral color," says Barbara Richardson, director of marketing for Glidden. She suggests painting stripes over a neutral color like Wood Smoke, as pictured above, in order to make the color really pop.
Not ready for such a bold move? Incorporate the color into accent pieces like pillows, candlesticks, metal containers or sculptures. It will bring the beautiful orange colors of fall into your space without the permanence of paint.
(Credit: Glidden)Truly Olive. This deep, yellow-based green is a great way to bring the colors of nature inside. "Consider using this color in areas that you wish to convey a feeling of earthy green, such as a feature wall where shelving or artwork can dance atop the surface of the color," says Richardson. This color pairs well with deep violets, natural woods, dark browns, very deep reds and burgundies — perfect for a "man cave" or a rustic living room.
Regal Purple. "This color has the ability to be used in different areas, such as all walls of a powder room combined with white or light neutrals that will be highlighted against this dark accent," advises Richardson. Use this deep purple as a feature wall in a living or family room, and add some black and white prints framed in white metal for added drama. Copper, gold and teal fabrics and artwork stand out and tie the room together.
Seal Grey. It's neutral, but this deep, quiet color is anything but bland. "Seal Grey can be used almost anywhere in our homes where we want to have a quiet tone that is a wonderful background for almost any other color. It's perfect when combined with many wood tones," says Richardson. This color looks good on every wall in almost any room, but also adds depth to the often-overlooked "fifth wall" — the ceiling.
Black Onyx. Painting any wall black sounds intimidating, but Richardson says it's a dramatic and chic addition to any home. Try it out around your windows, on your front door, on the banister of your staircase or as a feature wall in your dining or living room. Feeling adventurous? Try painting a whole room black and adding splashes of yellow or other bright colors.
Once you've decided on a color, try using it in a new, fun way. Leave your walls neutral, paint your trim white and paint the ceiling a bold color to make a statement. Or, select two strong colors to use in a room and paint adjacent walls with each color for a dramatic, contemporary look.
To make your kitchen feel bigger, paint your lower cabinets black and paint the walls and upper cabinets with a neutral or mid-tone color. The upper cabinets will blend in, making the room appear more spacious.
If you prefer something a little more understated, add a bold feature wall to an otherwise neutral room. It will add a pop of color without overwhelming the space. For a fun twist on tradition, paint a few pieces of furniture in bold fall colors and introduce them into a neutral palette.
Joe Kowalski, training manager at Glidden, suggests playing with sheens to create a contemporary feel in any room. Choose one color and purchase it in two sheens, like flat and semi-gloss. To achieve the look, apply the lighter color in the lower sheen to the wall and let dry overnight. Then, determine the width of your stripes and draw lines on the wall. Put tape on the inside section of the stripes which will not be painted with the second product. Roll the second, higher-sheen paint and remove the tape while the paint is still wet. Let it dry, then have your friends over to show off your new space.