In this post: There’s an alternative to using rich fall colors, and it doesn’t always mean using no color. Here are ideas for decorating with a soft autumn color palette.
Are you on Team White or Team Orange?
Sometimes I think there are two schools of thought when it comes to fall decorating. There are those who pull out all the stops with every shade of the falling leaves. Gold, orange, red, burgundy. Rich. Dark. Dramatic.
And then there are those who buy only baby boos. They sneak the most subtle seasonal touches into their crisp white homes including soft, sweet, pure-as-the-driven-snow pumpkins that whisper of fall’s arrival.
Team White and Team Orange.
And yet there’s another option.
It’s altogether possible to add the warm tones of fall to your home while still maintaining a gentle aesthetic. A soft autumn color palette can be developed using traditional fall tones, and essentially whitewashing them down, so they might look like the faded version of the original colors. Soft. Warm. Peaceful.
Today I’m joining with a group of talented bloggers to bring you a Blog Tour called Autumn is in the Air, hosted by my dear friend, Sheila from Maison de Cinq. If you’re coming over from Little Vintage Nest, I’d like to extend a special welcome to you.
The soft autumn color palette is one of my favorite approaches because it honors the warmth you’d expect from the season and still maintains the pale aesthetic I prefer in my home.
The key is to work with bleached warm tones, like blush pink, wheat and faded copper and fuse this palette with classic fall imagery. An ivory cable knit pillow sits comfortably next to a blush ruffled throw and mauve velvet pumpkin.
(See below for resources.)
With a palette established it can then be applied in your home via the textures so prevalent at this time of year. Try a faux fur blanket or feathered pumpkins, unmistakably fall, but softly toned nonetheless.
Dried hydrangeas work perfectly with this look, and here I’ve tucked them into a vintage jardiniere. I never want to stray too far from my French influenced style, and antique pieces help bolster that goal.
Touches of copper fit in seamlessly, as well. They add both warm and a touch of glimmer, signaling autumn as much as they communicate elegance.
I also like to play with neutral wheat stalks. They have a wonderful bit of movement to them, paying homage to nature and they mix beautifully with the gilt accessories that adorn my home.
Pillows and blankets are a must for seasonal decorating, and with my palette I’m mixing floral, tweed and lush Mongolian lamb. The pinks and neutrals in no way diminish the coziness provided by these cool weather comforts.
Pumpkins look wonderful scattered and in bunches, but one singular pumpkin in a fabulous bowl takes on a sculptural quality all its own.
The ivory backdrop plays off the pale gentle colors and envelops the room in buttery softness.
Finally I added a touch of plaid, again staying neutral to work with my soft autumn palette.
When I’m doing table settings, I can play with many different palettes because they need only stay up for a day or so, but when decorating my rooms for an entire season, my palettes must work with the style I most identify with. Soft, blushing, modern French Country!
Soft Autumn Color Palette Source List – Click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. (This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.)
- Copper mule mugs
- Wood bread board
- Vintage jardiniere
- Velvet pumpkins
- Faux fur blanket
- Plaid blanket
- Dried wheat stalks
- Sweater knit pillow
- Mongolian lamb pillow
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