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Color combinations to inspire your fall

Take Mother Nature's cues for trendiest hues

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  • A bit of orange in the wall color joins with wood cabinets, red curtains and amber lights to help set the mood for a welcoming kitchen.

    A bit of orange in the wall color joins with wood cabinets, red curtains and amber lights to help set the mood for a welcoming kitchen.
    Courtesy Hester Painting & Decorating

  • Jeff Hester of Hester Painting & Decorating likes a neutral background perked up with colorful accessories.

    Jeff Hester of Hester Painting & Decorating likes a neutral background perked up with colorful accessories.
    Courtesy Hester Painting & Decorating

  • If purple and orange tones look this fantastic in nature, try them in your home, says Andrea Vollf, an interior designer from Schaumburg.

    If purple and orange tones look this fantastic in nature, try them in your home, says Andrea Vollf, an interior designer from Schaumburg.
    Courtesy Andrea Vollf Interiors

  • Orange in all its tones is a popular color for autumn.

    Orange in all its tones is a popular color for autumn.
    Courtesy Hester Painting & Decorating

  • Slate, terra cotta and mustard make the Tawny chair from Arhaus perfect for fall. It's on sale for $1,500 at arhaus.com and can be seen at stores in Oak Brook and South Barrington.

    Slate, terra cotta and mustard make the Tawny chair from Arhaus perfect for fall. It's on sale for $1,500 at arhaus.com and can be seen at stores in Oak Brook and South Barrington.
    Courtesy Arhaus

  • This powder room demonstrates the importance of touches of black, especially when using bold colors.

    This powder room demonstrates the importance of touches of black, especially when using bold colors.
    Courtesy Hester Painting & Decorating

  • This display by Kaufman shows fall colors that can contribute to your palette.

      This display by Kaufman shows fall colors that can contribute to your palette.
    TANIT JARUSAN | Staff Photographer

  • Kaufman added bold colors of fall to a neutral foyer in this Lisle home.

      Kaufman added bold colors of fall to a neutral foyer in this Lisle home.
    TANIT JARUSAN | Staff Photographer

  • Joan Kaufman, an interior designer from Naperville, chose a wine sectional and a copper metallic finish over the camel base of the walls of this great room in this Lisle home. She also had the tapestry above the fireplace made from a custom upholstery fabric whose many colors include ginger, copper, pomegranate and verdigris green.

      Joan Kaufman, an interior designer from Naperville, chose a wine sectional and a copper metallic finish over the camel base of the walls of this great room in this Lisle home. She also had the tapestry above the fireplace made from a custom upholstery fabric whose many colors include ginger, copper, pomegranate and verdigris green.
    TANIT JARUSAN | Staff Photographer

  • Vollf's suggestions for this autumn were inspired by nature's own colorful combinations.

    Vollf's suggestions for this autumn were inspired by nature's own colorful combinations.
    Courtesy Andrea Vollf Interiors

  • Find the right green, and it will work with fall colors.

    Find the right green, and it will work with fall colors.
    Courtesy Hester Painting & Decorating

 
 

Who would mix shades of orange and purple to decorate a home for fall?

Anyone who thinks like Andrea Vollf, an interior designer in Schaumburg, and takes cues from nature.

Asked to come up with a great color combination for autumn decor, Vollf produced purple, light green and golds to lighten a fall bouquet that starts with orange tones.

Those rich colors that make our homes warm and cozy are especially appreciated this time of year.

And colors appropriate to fall are in vogue, said Jeff Hester, vice president of Hester Painting & Decorating in Skokie.

Of course you're not going to paint your home for every season, but you can start with neutrals that Hester likes such as Benjamin Moore's Natural Wicker, a very light beige, for rooms where you seek serenity and relaxation, say bedrooms and family rooms. He prefers this color with a light wash or glaze of brown or a linen finish for depth, but says it works great on its own.

In rooms where you want a livelier feel foyers, kitchens or play rooms Hester has used Benjamin Moore's deeper maple syrup, which he describes as the orangish brown of pumpkin pie. He envisions this with a wash of gold in a foyer or powder room.

And then there's the dining room, where drama is popular. Hester suggests a wine color, such as Benjamin Moore's merlot. Washing it with a little gold fleck adds elegance.

Many people will be happy sticking with a palette of grays, browns and creams. But maybe you want more. Maybe you want to toss in some hues that keep your room lively throughout the long winter ahead.

Flowers, pillows, throws, candles and even a new chair can bring a lot of interest and seasonal change to your decor.

Painted furniture, whether an Early American antique with a warm red or mustard or the bright, wild and exotic works of MacKenzie-Childs and local artists like Petrine Svoboda of Glen Ellyn can add the perfect punches of color, says Lee Marks of Glen Ellyn. Marks and his wife, Judy, are founders of the Country Folk Art Festival, held each spring and fall in St. Charles.