Now that Labor Day is over and school is back in session, it’s a good time to celebrate the coming of Autumn. September through mid October in Chicago is hallmarked by crisp breezes and a gorgeous flood of earthy colors. There is natural vibrancy and depth in the Autumnal color palette; it ranges from rich, dark browns to steely grays, from burnt oranges to luscious burgundies. If you need a little inspiration or aren’t sure where to get started with your Fall transformation, look no further! We’ve done some legwork for you; we compiled photos that represented Autumn’s different energies, we built color schemes based on the photographs, then found examples of these color schemes in action. Read through the descriptions and find the look that’s best for you. Are you more of a cozy, restful type? Or are you looking for something bold and sophisticated? Share your choice with us in the comments!
Yellows are associated with earth energy and can instill feelings of happiness and clarity. Blues and blacks are associated with water energy and can instill a sense of coolness and calm that is good for creativity. The perfect room to finish writing your latest screenplay.
Green is the color of balance, rebirth, and decisive action. It can be used to motivate change or to promote a connection with nature. Perfect for cozy get-togethers with friends and family.
Adding a splash from the red family, such as the burgundy color in this photo, can inject a punch of energy and passion into an otherwise tempered setting. Reds represent the physical life force; when used as an accent, they can be powerful without being overwhelming.
Grays are neutral and unemotional. They are perfect for establishing a relaxed and stable sense of composure – delightful for studies, dens, and home offices.
Using orange tones is tricky, but when it’s balanced with neutral, restful colors it can make an incredibly bold statement. It is not as aggressive as red and is associated with joy and enthusiasm. It’s a great color for a dining room or any gathering place where conversation is the main focus.
Slate is a bluish-gray associated with stability, elegance, and purity. It can slow the heart rate and ease the mind making it the perfect choice for a bedroom. Go get lost in your dreams.
Mahogany is often associated with comfort and sophistication. It represents endurance, stability, and adaptability, but is also sometimes related to rebellion. Perfect for a loft in the city or a lounge in the country.