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Ahh I love fall time!  There is just something about the crisp morning air and the warm colors on the trees that just gets me, and I know I’m not alone here.  The leaves changing start to bring about the feeling of coziness that has been missing all summer.

Fall inspired color schemes are really starting to pop up everywhere!  Some colors with that “fall vibe” are coppery reds, pumpkins, burnt yellows, forest greens, and chocolaty browns.  If selecting a paint or accent color from these, be aware of the feeling you are trying to create…

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Design Seeds

Red can be a strong color that evokes energy, but with such a wide range of tones (from cherry, to crimson, to wine) there are lots of options to incorporate the color into any space.   There are tones that you can even be comfortable with year-round.

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A burnt Orange can be warming but a more vibrant shade can be super modern and lively.

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Forest Green is a great way to create an outdoorsy feeling and if accented with other warm fall color will create a “homey” feel as well.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

If a more neutral color is desired for a main color, warm or rich brown will evoke a natural feel of wood or stone.

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A strong note I will make is, do not feel obligated to use all these wonderful fall colors in only one space; Doing this will actually feel very chaotic.  There is a 3 color max rule for interior design and yes, this includes your neutral!

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A way to incorporate these colors is to use them throughout the whole house or floor , and to add hints of the color in accents to create a smooth transition between rooms.  Adding pillows on the sofa and candles on the fireplace mantle, and then artwork on the dining room wall, and a rug in another room is how to create flow in color.

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I hope this guide helps you to create the feeling of whichever aspect of fall you are trying to evoke in your home, whether it be the falling leaves, a forest stroll, or a harvest celebration.


So what is your favorite time of year?  Does it inspire your color palette?

If you need help defining the color scheme in your own home, contact me!


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My clients, Kate and Jim, have been building a house in the Friendship Heights part of DC for the last 9 months and are finally ready to move in!  With the “Library” being the first room seen at the front of the house, they wanted this to be the first focus of the project. 

The room is bright with white walls, dark floors, and lots of built-in shelving.  Kate gave me guidelines for this room: she needs a desk to work at, there will need to be a small TV in the room, she wants it to be “fresh”, “airy”, and “WARM”,  but absolutely no seafoam and mineral blues, and she wants a white sofa.


Color scheme

So my challenge was to select a color palette that is bright and fresh but to avoid greens and blues (which was the color scheme in her old house and she is totally tired of).  Okay, a warm but bright palette that would work with a white sofa, sounds difficult since I usually associate warmer tones with creams and not white.

Source: sofa-Kravet, chairs- Ethan Allen, ottoman- Ballard, casegoods and accents- Ethan Allen

I achieved the look Kate and Jim wanted by finding fabrics with a white base but accents of bright orange and yellow.  I also kept a fresh vibe in the room by combining white-painted wood furniture with natural elements like a raw wood lamp on the desk and the bamboo woven area rug.

Library Floor Plan

I will be sure to post pictures of the finished product when everything is installed so stay tuned in the next few months!


If you need help achieving this look or tackling any other design challenge, feel free to contact me!

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I think it is so important to have the right amount of lighting in every room.  For me, this means, task lighting, direct, indirect, and accent lighting.  A little Design 101 for everybody:

pendant-lighting diagram

Anyway, now that we have that covered, lighting doesn’t have to be boring… check out these unique, fun, and colorful ways to brighten a space.

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This is just too cute.

Source: Shades of Light

Love the candy colors, so freash!  Source: Foundry, Moooi Rabbit Lamp

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This is so elegant.

Source: Hometone, Bolla Floor Lamp

Here are some pictures of unique light fixtures I have taken from several different restaurants that I found in my phone today-

This was taken at Guarapo in Arlington, VA

This was also taken at Guarapo in Arlington, VA

This was taken at a restaurant in Reston Town Center, I can't remember which one though!

In the picture below, I just love the massive scale of the pendant hanging in the restaurant at the hotel, its so dramatic!

This was taken at the Sofitel Luxury Hotel in Chicago, IL at Christmas time.

So below are some pictures I took when I was in Italy last April…

this was in a park in Florence

beautiful chandelier outside of a hotel in Rome

wall sconce outside of St.Peter's Cathedral in Rome

hand blown glass in Venice

hand blown glass in Venice

hand blown Merano glass in Venice

How do you brighten your home?

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