Autumn comes alive with colors of warmth and beauty... an increasingly precious display of our planet's splendor. This interior design palette is inspired by nature's rich, muted hues that envelop us with cozy comfort. It ranges from warm spicy tones to a touch of cooler greys for balance, and a refined mix of materials, fabrics, and finishes. It includes colors from our non-toxic paint collection for ECOS Paints which make designer results easy to achieve and indoor air better to breathe.
Bringing the outdoors in connects our bodies and souls with nature... and the majestic beauty of its changing seasons.
Optimize your autumn-inspired interior design palette in three easy steps:
MIX TEXTURES, like leather, stone, velvets, and metals. Mix smooth and coarse, hard and soft, dramatic and subtle, natural and refined.
BALANCE warm and cool colors. A range across the spectrum will keep the visual temperature even and make a space feel more welcoming and comfortable.
SUPPORT WELL-BEING with organic non-toxic finishes, like Lisa Tharp Colors for ECOS Paints.
The paint color that anchors this Autumn Color Story is Everett Evening. It is a deep lavender, and one of my favorite muted violets. As twilight fades into dusk, Everett Evening softens and deepens the feel of a space. This complex color changes with the light, ranging from violet to rich grey.
Everett Evening is a wonderful alternative color to grey. It envelops a room with unexpected sophistication because of its complexity and depth. As natural light shifts throughout the day, Everett Evening's beautiful pigments mimic the sky as sunset fades into darkness. A bedroom will feel at once cozy and refined dressed in this beautiful hue.
Alizarin is a cool violet crimson. A prized pigment traced back to Ancient Persia, Egypt, and Pompeii, Alizarin is a gorgeous deep red with blue notes. Consider this paint color instead of pure red for a soft, sophisticated environment.
While pure red is bright, clear, and demanding of attention, Alizarin lends softness and comfort to any interior. It can bring small, underlit spaces, such as a powder room or hallway, alive with rich drama. Dining rooms have long been painted in shades of red to spark lively conversation and to provide a beautiful backdrop to the glow of candlelight.
Fluting is a sophisticated cool grey paint color. It is the soft grey shadows between fluted ribs on architectural columns and fine furniture. This balanced mid-tone lends calm sophistication and mixes easily with warm and cool colors alike.
Mix in Fluting as a cool counterpoint to spicier fall colors. It contains enough warmth to maintain an easy harmony with the warmer end of the spectrum, but enough cool grey to balance out the palette.
For a color palette to feel truly wonderful to us humans, balance is key... just like the colors found in nature. A color scheme that is solely comprised of warm hues will feel hot and unwelcoming. A palette of only cool tones can read as cold and sterile. A balance of warm and cool colors gives the eye and mind a reassuring sense of equilibrium. Next time you are looking through beautiful interior design images, pay attention to those rooms that seem to have something extra special. It is usually because their color palette is in balance.
After years of using ECOS Paints in my own home and for our clients, I wanted to create a designer collection for this product line in which I so very much believe, and for which I am deeply grateful...
First, I wanted to make designer results easy for anyone to achieve. The 60 color collection is an edited set of tried-and-true hues.
The collection is structured in groups of Neutrals and Colors with similar undertones, which makes color selection a breeze.
Real paint wall swatches let you test colors in your own lighting conditions so you can transform your space with confidence.
Each color has Suggested Pairings — six other colors from the collection that harmonize beautifully for millwork trim, an accent door, or in adjoining spaces — to create gorgeous flow throughout one's home.
Of course, you can mix and match your own color palette too. Just look for each color's icon guides to help you make the best choices. The artist palette icon identifies the undertone color group to which the color belongs. The light bulb icon will tell you how light or dark the color will feel, and the thermometer icon indicates whether a color is warm or cool.
Second, I wanted to ensure that everyone can protect their indoor air quality from the solvents, VOC's, and harsh chemicals found in most paints, and that can off-gas (release chemicals into the air) for months or even years. Organic, non-toxic ECOS Paints were formulated healthy from the start, so you can even paint with the windows closed.
I wish you health and happiness this autumn season.
Photo credits: Caitlin Manning, Daniel Florin, Adnan, Pixabay, Lisa Tharp, Michael J. Lee, Pixabay