Interior Design Color Palettes for Fall

Getting ready for the season ahead isn’t just about swapping out our wardrobes and trying new recipes—it’s about infusing our home with design choices that reflect the change in the weather too.

For fall, it means welcoming warmer hues to reflect nature’s transition and help prepare our homes for cozier times ahead. Here are the powerhouses of fall colors this year—the trendiest interior design hues worth dipping into.

Cool Gray

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There was a time—notably the 1970s to 1990s—when tans, khakis, taupes, and beiges dominated the neutral color palette for interior design. Peek into any doctor’s waiting room or corporate office and you’re likely to see these hangers-on still going strong. But Benjamin Moore’s color of the year—Metropolitan—is a sleek, modern, and effortlessly cool twist on a brown-based neutral.

With a sophisticated and comforting softness, this cool-tone gray rewrites the idea that gray is depressing or bland. It’s light enough to use on walls for an understated and soothing alternative to white, but it also works well as a neutral to tone down other bright colors around it.

Pairs well with: All the other colors listed on this page! It’s a neutral, after all.

Hunter Green

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This showstopper comes directly from the PPG Paints color of the year, Night Watch—a black-infused green that’s bold, daring, and yet somehow comforting and nature inspired. The dark green suggests being deep inside a forest, swept away from the outside world and at one with nature’s intense and quiet beauty.

Because Night Watch and other similar deep greens have such an intense hue, they should be reserved for larger rooms with plenty of natural light, if you plan to use them on interior walls. Otherwise, their richness can overpower a small room and make it look darker, especially without natural light. A deep hunter green works best for an accent wall, or even as a luxurious pop of color for textiles, smaller furniture, or even your front door or shutters.

Pairs well with: Gold, cool gray, deep rich purples, brick red, mustard

Terracotta

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Next up is this orange-red based brown, terracotta, inspired by Sherwin Williams’ 2019 color of the year, Cavern Clay. This warm hue whose name means “fired earth” is a new and feminine twist on the classic burnt orange and cinnamon colors that dominate fall color palettes. Terracotta conjures images of rustic canyons, deserts, and African red clay soil, so you can’t help but feel the comfort of nature in your home.

Use Cavern Clay or other terracotta to imbue any room with a deep-rooted elegance and sunny warmth to outshine brown-based neutrals. It works best as wall paint or for sculptures, tiles, and other earthenware. It can also make soft furnishings the perfect spot to watch the fiery leaves turn outside your window this autumn.

Pairs well with: Cool gray, peachy coral, navy blues

Mustard

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As a featured color from Decor Aid’s best interior paint colors of 2019, this versatile hue boasts the glam of gold, the cheeriness of a sunny yellow, and the warmth of a rich and earthy ochre. Depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, opt for a brighter yellow or a more muted shade for a dose of contrast in neutral-heavy rooms.

Pairs well with: Teal, light grays, emerald green, navy blues, coral

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