In this post: Fall color has a distinct look but if you’d like to add a pretty feminine twist to your autumn color palette, you’ll love this fall table.⇒
Every year I fight the whole orange and gold thing.
Sure it looks pretty on the trees, especially against a crisp blue sky.
But would you really use the colors of a traditional fall palette to decorate your house if it wasn’t in season? Yes, we did it in the 1970’s, but those days are long past.
Ok, I’m not being fair. Actually, lots of people love the spicy colors of fall. But for me, there’s something elemental that’s missing. And I can pinpoint it quite easily.
Or really any of the feminine tones on the bluer side of the color wheel.
And that’s the key ingredient I decided to use to ‘throw’ my tablescape colors a bit off. And it made all the difference in the world!
Autumn Color Palette
For me seasonal decorating is all about a progression, easing into the upcoming season. I’m not one to ravage the local farm stands, buying every pumpkin and mum in sight, plastering them across my front entrance and leaving it at that.
I prefer to be more subtle and intentional, starting with a softer touch and building from there.
I typically begin the season with gentle neutrals and slowly begin to add in more color, but always keeping my personal style in mind.
That was my mantra for this fall tablescape, using an autumn color palette but with a pretty twist.
The key to my concept for this table was to bring in some fall color but to do it in a way that retains the soft feminine feel of my French Country style.
I didn’t avoid orange altogether but rather softened its punch with the colors I surrounded it with. They needed to be equally weighted and I also balanced the gold tones with the infusion of pink.
My plate stack is actually a very traditional combination, with copper chargers, clean white dinner plates and a pumpkin print salad plate topping it all off.
For glasses I went with a subtle amber goblet, warm-toned enough to project fall but soft enough to just whisper it.
Eucalyptus leaves trail down the center of the table, peppered with craft pumpkins in a playful mango hue. I’m having great fun with velvet pumpkins this year and they’re showing up all over our home.
The most amusing secret to this table setting is that I set it and shot it in the middle of a construction site.
Our kitchen was being renovated and if you got a look at the mess that was going on behind me, you’d likely get a good laugh.
Which just goes to show you, you can set a lovely table pretty much anywhere!
As the underpinning for the setting I used a plaid tablecloth in a range of fall colors. In fact I got a little nervous that it might make it too dark, but instead it illustrates how all the elements working together combine to tell a new story.
When I get to the middle stage in styling a table, I begin to work by instinct and improvisation.
I started this table by selecting the plates and the tablecloth, but the rest evolved as I was working and that’s where I believe its true character emerged.
The washed russet napkins were a natural enough choice, but when I added the peony napkin ring, the table found its voice.
This would have been a very different setting without the pink floral!
For the centerpiece I used the floral arrangement I styled earlier in the week for my fall vignette in the living room, with pale green hydrangeas and a touch of peach blooms, as well as the lovely drape of eucalyptus leaves.
A sprinkling of small gourds is tossed in to add seasonal flavor and interest for the finishing touch.
I find I enjoy the warmth of a fall palette so much more with the addition of rosy pink.
It turns out, it’s not that I thought there are too many colors in a fall palette but instead, there were not enough.
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