How to Choose an Autumn Color Palette for Your Home

With fall around the corner, are you looking for fall decorating inspiration? Before we decorate, let’s talk about how to choose a beautiful autumn color palette for your home.

I can’t believe we are almost in mid-August!

Is the summer flying by for you too?

While I’m not ready to give up my lake time or summer garden flowers, I am starting to think about decorating for fall.

So I’m slowly putting away my faux summer flowers to create clean and decluttered spaces that are ready for fall decor.

Last year, I decorated with soft warm neutrals.

But this year, I think I’d like to warm it up a bit more.

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Where to Find Fall Decorating Inspiration

When creating an autumn color palette, I’m often inspired by what’s happening in my gardens.

Even if you don’t have expansive gardens like me, look to nature and pull colors that speak to you.

It’s amazing how the colors outside can inspire what we do inside.

Outdoor Fall Decorating Ideas

Retailers are another great source of decorating inspiration.

Regardless of whether you shop in-store or online, retailers released their fall collections already so you can see what’s trending now.

To get an idea of what’s trending check out some of these retailers:

In addition to drawing inspiration from nature and retail, social media, TV and magazines provide a lot knowledge as well.

Favorite Neutral Fall Finds from the Christmas Tree Shops

How to Choose an Autumn Color Palette

Wherever you draw your inspiration from, stay true to the things that you love and are drawn to.

Choosing an autumn color palette should not only reflect what you see around you, but also fits your personal style.

Just because some autumn color palette is trending, does not mean you have to do it through out your home.

Adding just one piece can make a huge statement.

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Shop Your Home First

Whatever color palette you choose, consider what you already have in your home.

From shopping the bins in your attic or basement, to looking at the big ticket items you own, let those drive your decorating style before you shop.

But what does that even mean?

Neutral Fall Finds from the Christmas Tree Shops

I’ll give you an example of one of the decorating challenges I have in my home.

Years ago, we bought these beautiful dark leather sofas.

And I love them.

They are durable, have aged well and most importantly, do not show the dog fur.

With two black labs that shed and are all over my furniture, this was important to me when we bought the big ticket items.

Because these pieces are so heavy looking, it’s important for me to keep the decor light so it does not weigh the room down.

So instead of focusing on a lot of color, I love to add more patterns and textures with pops of seasonal hues.

Rustic Farmhouse Fall Home Tour

And while it may feel like you have to buy more to get the look you want, if you do shop, find key pieces that you can use again and again.

This is why a key part of my decorating style is faux plants and flowers.

I buy a few new items every season to add to my collection and then create my decorating style from them.

As my collection grows, I have more opportunities to mix and match things.

Rustic Farmhouse Fall Home Tour

Soft Autumn Color Palette Ideas

Because I wanted to tone down the warm autumn color palette in my home from the year prior, last year I decorated with soft neutrals in my home.

When creating a soft neutral palette, it’s important to add lots of organic textures for adding life and dimension to the design.

CLICK HERE for more details of this soft autumn color palette in the dining room.

Rustic Farmhouse Fall Home Tour

I love to use the color green as a base color with my neutrals because it is found in nature and helps make a room feel more alive.

So whether I’m using faux or real plants, greens add personality and help unify the overall design.

Favorite Neutral Fall Finds from the Christmas Tree Shops

When going with a soft autumn color palette, look for items with organic textures.

Mix old with new items.

And add those greens, whether they are real or faux.

Easy Fall Table Decor Ideas

To see more of this neutral rustic table design, CLICK HERE.

And learn how to make this gorgeous centerpiece HERE.

Warm Autumn Color Palette Ideas

One of my favorite fall table decor ideas is this blue and orange inspired tablescape.

From the neutral textures to the warm autumn color palette with pops of blue, I loved it.

CLICK HERE to see more.

Easy Fall Centerpiece Idea

I hadn’t realized how much I love the warm autumn color palette until I looked back at these photos from last year.

And the warmer neutral tones really brought out the details in the range hood that I refinished with gel stain.

Favorite Neutral Fall Finds from the Christmas Tree Shops

As an aside, isn’t it amazing how changing up a few pillows can change the whole color palette of a space?

Last fall, I got a little bored with my soft autumn color palette and decided to warm it up by mid-September.

Which look do you like more?

The soft autumn color palette or warm color palette?

Neutral Fall Finds from the Christmas Tree Shops

Pulling It All Together

Whether you choose a soft neutral or warm autumn color palette in your home, decorate with things that bring you joy and make YOU feel comfortable in your home.

Shop for and collect seasonal decorating items that reflect your lifestyle without breaking the bank and have some longevity.

We don’t all have the same decorating style and that’s a good thing!

While we draw our inspiration from the world around us, there should be some individuality in the way that we decorate our living spaces.

That’s what makes our homes cozy and unique.

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  1. I have done the neutral fall decor in the past, too, but I always tend to go back to the traditional fall colors. I do like to add in some deep jewel tones, too. Your displays are so pretty, you have me anxious to get more of my fall things out and get to work!

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