6 Key Places to Decorate With Fall Color for a Season of Comfort and Style

By Jennifer Ott, Houzz

I’ve had the opportunity to live all over the United States, and while I love the climate of my current city, San Francisco, I hold some very fond memories of the crisp fall weather I experienced growing up in a small town in northern Illinois. It had something to do with the warm, comforting mugs of cocoa or cider everyone’s mom or dad would suddenly start making for us kids, as well as the return of sweater weather; going shopping for new school clothes, shoes and supplies; and the return of Friday-night high school football games.

As the weather turns chilly for many of you, nature sheds its fresh summer hues in favor of deeper, warmer colors. Which I’m all for. But while rich fall hues will sure feel right at home in the coming months, there are a few key places where I like to use them that make them welcome year-round. So if you’re thinking of embracing fall colors this season, consider one of these 6 areas of your home where moody oranges, reds, browns and golds will feel natural through any season.

Transitional Bedroom, original photo on Houzz

1. In a nook or niche. If you have any interesting nooks or crannies in your home that deserve to take center stage, you can’t go wrong with a rich autumnal burgundy or orange. I prefer using these intense attention-getting colors sparingly, as accents to highlight architectural elements in or on a home. They also create a warm and cozy vibe, perfect for a nook such as the one pictured here, making an ideal spot for relaxing with a good book and a hot beverage, or for taking a nap on a chilly autumn afternoon.

Lankford Design Group, original photo on Houzz

2. On the ceiling. Here’s another smart way to add a small accent of big, warm color. Warm colors tend to visually advance, whereas cool colors appear to recede. The deep wine hue used on the strip of ceiling here works to lower that particular area even more, making it feel more intimate and friendly, and it also serves as a nice foil to the high ceilings in the remainder of the space — making those appear even more open and soaring.

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