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There are a lot of things to love about the fall. The crisp air, the chance to get outdoors for a few hours for perhaps the last few times of the year and of course, Halloween. But the real appeal of fall for most people is that short period of time when the leaves change color and the world suddenly becomes a much brighter and more colorful place.
With the summer gone most of us want a house that looks and feels warmer. Thinking of using paint to help you do so? Then why not turn to the colors of the fall for inspiration for a new look for your interior walls?
Using Fall Inspired Interior Paint Colors
While there are indeed some beautiful fall inspired interior paints on the market the trick to actually making them work in your home is choosing just the right shades and then using them in the right way. No one really wants to go through the hassle and expense of repainting their walls every six months so creating a look that works in the fall as well as the autumn is a must.
There are a lot more fall colors than just red and orange though. One rather clever way to begin choosing fall inspired hues that add the warmth you want in your home for the season while still creating a look that is ‘cool’ enough for the summer is to get outside with a camera and snap some pictures of the autumnal scenery around you.
When you look at these images you’ll see that in addition to the reds and oranges there are often muted tones of yellow and brown, as well as pinks, purples and blues. And don’t forget that a bright blue sky is a mark that autumn is here in many places as well.
The Beauty of Contrast Wall Painting
Using a lot of darker, heavier color will make a home feel warmer in winter but it may be a little too much for the summer months. One way you can avoid that is by creating a contrast wall.
A contrast wall is one that is painted in a bolder color while the rest of the space is painted in a lighter, muted shade. In terms of fall colors a deep brown contrast wall can look fabulous with a lighter, slightly buttery shade of yellow or a deep red or orange compliments a lighter taupe shade (think creme brulee!)
Contrast painting does not have to be limited to just a single wall though. You can use it to highlight interesting alcoves or draw attention to great molding. Even just using it to give a paneled interior door some extra visual appeal can make a big difference to the overall look and feel of a room and its sensory appeal.
Going back to those fall photographs there are actually a number of online tools available that can help you pick out the individual colors in an image and break them down into actual paint colors that can be purchased.
These tools let you choose an image, and then they generate color palettes that match the image, something that can be a big help when you are trying to figure out which shades really will compliment each other.
Quick Painting Tips
Even if you have been to the paint store and think you have found the perfect fall inspired colors for your home test them in the room you want to paint before you begin buying gallons of paint. The light in a room can change a color’s appearance completely and what looked great under the florescent lights at the home store may look totally different under the lighting conditions in your home!