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Experts Reveal the 9 Top Paint Colors for Fall

As the days become shorter and the nights become cooler, we often find ourselves inspired to make our homes more cozy and inviting. Adding a fresh coat of paint to a room is a simple way to achieve this, but which colors are people drawn to at this time of year? Color experts report that hues that reflect the glorious autumn landscape around us are especially popular. Think straw, gold, brown, misty gray, and the rich red of fall foliage. Here, 9 colors to spark ideas in your own home.

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Cappuccino Froth (Benjamin Moore, CSP-1055)

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“Golden yellows, deep reds, and warm neutrals like Cappuccino Froth are nature-inspired hues that celebrate the beautiful colors of autumn,” confirms Hannah Yea, color expert for Benjamin Moore. Pair this classic beige with crisp white for a traditional look or use it as a backdrop for pops of bright fall colors like corn yellow or pumpkin.

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Warm Grey Flannel (Glidden, 50RR 32/029)

“Grays are fantastic for fall,” Misty Yeomans, Color Marketing Manager for PPG Architectural Coatings, points out. “They welcome guests while creating a more contemporary neutral background in which to entertain.” Yeomans suggests pairing Glidden’s Warm Grey Flannel with lighter tones like Silver Cloud or Drifting Snow, both from Glidden.

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California Claret (Glidden, 12YR 07/279)

“Fall is a great time to prepare your home with a fresh look for holiday entertaining,” observes Yeomans. “For a traditional look, try Glidden’s California Claret paired with a warm neutral such as Sahara Desert Sand or Natural Wicker.”

Tanner's Brown, Farrow & Ball (No. 255)

Named one of Farrow & Ball’s “Key Colors” for 2015, Tanner’s Brown creates dark, dramatic spaces that work well in the autumn home and throughout the year. “This earth brown feels totally timeless,” says Charlie Cosby, of Farrow & Ball. For an unexpected accent, Cosby recommends a soft blue like Farrow & Ball’s Muted Oval Room Blue.

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Silver Fox (Benjamin Moore, 2108-50)

This pale gray paint calls to mind autumn skies when a snow flurry might just surprise you. Inside the house, however, the color is anything but cold. This versatile color complements any decorating style, while white trim pairs well to creates a classic look that works in any room.

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Alchemy (Sherwin-Williams, SW 6395)

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“Alchemy is the perfect color to mix with autumn hues like pumpkin, marigold, and rich brown,” says Jackie Jordan, Director of Color Marketing for Sherwin-Williams. Best of all? The hue brings a cheerful glow to your home that’s sure to keep a smile on your face all winter long.

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Whole Wheat (Sherwin-Williams, SW 6121)

This soothing neutral tone, Whole Wheat from Sherwin-Williams, is a “wonderfully warm and inviting color,” says Jordan. “It works so well with naturakl materials like stone, granite, woven baskets, linen weaves, and medium to dark wood tones.”  Plus, the fact that it pairs well with autumnal reds and oranges is a bonus for any fall decorator.

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Folk Tales (Kelly-Moore, KM5069)

The refreshing green-blue of Folk Tales from Kelly-Moore is an unexpected choice for fall reports Kelly-Moore color expert Mary Lawlor, but one that teams beautifully with more traditional warm and earthy autumn colors. “Color for the home has taken on a decidedly cleaner look,” Lawlor says, “and Folk Tales is a perfect example of an on-trend color.”

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Water Chi (Kelly-Moore, KM5016)

“Blues like Water Chi have returned to interiors in a big way in recent years,” Mary Lawlor observes. “Fall is the perfect time to let the calming effect of this cool tone soothe the soul.” Blue rooms look especially inviting when layered with a mix of textures and accent colors in furnishings and accessories.

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