In this post: If you don’t love decorating with a riot of fall color, you may love these fall decor ideas 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.
Soft Autumn Color Palette
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.
This 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.
At the same time, a tranquil color story can be enhanced by a softness in furnishings and decor, mirroring the overall gentility and creating a cozy and inviting space.
Overstuffed seating and deep sofas are always welcoming, but even in a room without these luxe benefits, you can still crank the cozy up a notch using plush fabrics, warm blankets, and fluffy throw pillows.
If done right, your autumn living spaces should feel like you’re coming home to a warm hug. Bonus points for a cup of hot tea by the fireplace!
Let’s look at simple ideas for creating a cushy, comfortable fall haven in your home.
Start with a Centerpiece
A great way to define your concept and anchor the space is with a seasonal centerpiece, front and center. If it’s your living room, look to the coffee table, in a hallway, focus on a console table, for a dining room, feature the dining table.
Whatever your space, find a surface to style a lovely vignette that encapsulates your color vision. Here, I used an oversized bread board to act as a foundation for my fall centerpiece, which is comprised of a fresh floral arrangement in a vintage copper pitcher, dried hydrangeas tucked into an antique jardiniere and a sweet little pumpkin in a creamy white velvet.
I often use florals to emphasize my color palette, and then include the same tones reflected around the space, in this case in pillows and other decorative accents.
Utilize Soft Fabrics
The complement to my serene color story is the use of equally genteel fabrics, such as the aforementioned lush sofa and a tufted wingback chair that very well envelops the person sitting there.
Accessories that heighten the sense of peaceful comfort include faded linen pillows with the fluffiest fill, ultra-soft blankets to roll-up in, Mongolian lamb cushions and sweater knit bolsters, as well as velvet pumpkins with feathery collars.
Add Warmth and Light
To provide a note of warmth I like to use scented candles, for their light, as much as their seasonal aroma. If you find one in a copper base, all the better. The lovely metal reflects the light beautifully and adds a glow to the space and everything around it.
For my subdued fall palette, peppering the space with copper objects is a huge plus, whether it be Moscow mule mugs, tall pots and pitchers, or a low planter. The rosy light they reflect is exactly the warmth I’m going for.
Try a Few Literal SeasonalTouches
While most of my autumn decor only hints at the season, a few more literal pieces can work into the styling. I used an array of velvet pumpkins in quiet colors, for another nod to both visual and tactile softness. The feathered collars that a few of the pumpkins have only add to the ethereal vibe.
Keep Some Natural Elements
What I lost most about a subtle color palette, even one that is seasonal in nature, is that it’s easy to pair it with your existing decor. The natural elements that are always in my family room work beautifully with these fresh fall components. The stone bowls, wood trays, granite catchall and rattan baskets are quite at home in the mix and in fact exude a seasonal quality themselves even though they sit here all year.
Keep Cool Weather Coming in Mind
I’ve briefly mentioned the throw blankets I keep in my living spaces, but I add one or two more as the cooler weather nears. Likewise, the throw pillows reflect the coming temps, with menswear tweed, faux fur and sweater knits a fun addition. Velvet is used in my cushion covers, as well, which add a nice sheen to the scene.
The most important aspect to any decorating endeavor is to create a space that makes you feel relaxed and comforted. Our homes are here to welcome us in, help us leave the troubles of the outside world behind and rejuvenate our spirits. The more gentle our spaces feel, the easier it is for us to care for ourselves, recharge and face a new day.
Be kind to yourself and build yourself a soft environment… 🤎
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