10 fall color schemes that aren't all about orange

These fall color schemes are sure to encourage a seasonal makeover, even f you aren't a fan of orange...

fall color schemes
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When we think of fall color schemes the first thing that comes to mind is orange. Maybe a deep yellow, a touch of brown, but mostly orange. And while we do love all those lovely autumnal colors, they aren't the easiest to work into your home decor. So we have pulled together all our favorite fall color palettes that (mostly) aren't orange so you can update you home with seasons without having to worry about your rooms looking like the inside of a pumpkin.

For more fall decor ideas head to our full gallery. 

1. Keep things warm with a mix of neutrals 

Cream living room ideas

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Beige and cream had fallen out of favor in the interiors world, and we will confess, we have previously mocked greige and what we liked to think of as its blandness, but alas, we have grown to love this neither grey nor brown nor beige color and think we owe it an apology. Especially since it looks like both cream and beige are back for A/W 2020 and definitely going into 2021. They are perfect autumnal colors too as they are warm-toned, but light, perfect for creating a cozy space.

For more cream living room ideas check out our full gallery. 

2. Combine dark green with warm woods

Rhiannon Southwell’s green Shaker kitchen was the final part of the project to update a Victorian home

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We have been a fan of deep, forest greens for a while now, but they come into their own in the fall. A green palette is warm and yet fresh too and you can change it up with the seasons – for fall we like to see it paired with warm woody tones and even touches of mustard. If you love green enough, why not try painting your kitchen cabinets in this stylish hue? Just check out our guide to painting kitchen cupboards to find out how. 

3. Or opt for the bang on trend sage green

green bathroom with white basin and mirror

(Image credit: Kasia Fiszer)

Sage green paint is having a bit of a moment, isn't it? We can't scroll through Instagram for more than a few seconds without seeing some gorgeous living room with a green feature wall, a kitchen painted in the perfect, muted hue or even a bathroom like this one. It will obviously work all year round, but in the fall mix in some warm tones like gold and (yes we are going to say it already) oranges for a cozy update. 

You are after more bathroom paint ideas we have a whole gallery to get you inspired. 

4. Paint a room with a dusky pink

Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink

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Blush pinks are our favorite at the moment, they bring a warmth to cooler tones and look amazing with greys or even black looks lovely combined with this pink. Bring this gorgeous color into your home this fall by painting a feature wall – and then adding accents of the color around the room with soft furnishings. 

P.S our fave pink paint at the moment? It's Farrow & Ball's Sulking Room Pink

5. Add a touch of color to the walls with a light blue 

renovated former laundry Period Living awards

(Image credit: Kasia Fiszer)

A light, grey-toned blue is perfect for those rooms that get very little light in the fall and winter. Cooler light colors can 'expand' the space too so you are working with a small room these hues could be a good option. They also work as a blank canvas, so you can make them work with any color scheme you might already have going on. We would recommend pairing with deep browns and olivey greens in the fall and then switching to limey yellows in the spring and summer.

6. Or keep it classic with a deep blue

inky blue kitchen from Farrow & Ball

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A deep inky blue is just a classic and we especially love it in a kitchen. Pair it with crisp whites and pops of yellow for contrast and to keep it looking fresh. We also think this would a lovely color in a bedroom as a feature wall behind a bed that's covered in clean white sheets and again either yellow or orange pillows. 

For more kitchen paint ideas check out our full gallery. 

7. Create a luxurious feel with dark reds

Guest bedroom ideas

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Deep, burgundy reds are perfect for fall and going into winter and there are so many ways you can bring it into your home without going overboard. Just check out this bedroom – the headboard, the cushions, even the trim of the throw and the lampshades all bring this bold color into the space. But because the rest of the room is kept light and bright it's not overwhelming. It also works so well combined with the deep blue too – this is definitely one of the bedroom decorating ideas we're going to try out soon.

8. Add a touch of drama with a half charcoal wall

Bedroom with half painted panelling

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An easy way to bring in some of those darker, more dramatic fall and winter colors is to color block. You don't need to paint a whole wall dark grey to have an impact, why not try you painting halfway and keeping the other half of the wall neutral. This is so easy to do yourself too just using some masking tape!

9. Pick a sunny yellow to brighten up a room 

yellow dining room

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

Yellow is not a color you see all that often in interiors, but it is definitely one to get into your fall color scheme. You could just add some yellow accessories, or you could go all out and paint a wall in a sunny yellow – we think it actually works really well in this room thanks to the high ceilings and it being relatively sparsely furnished.

Think you might want to have a dabble with yellow? Check out our yellow rooms gallery next...

10. And of course we couldn't forget orange...

kitchen sink in colourful farmhouse kitchen

(Image credit: Brent Darby)

And when we are talking fall color schemes we couldn't really leave out orange could we? You can give a cold, dark, north-facing room a warm glow with orange paint. Not normally a four-wall color we know, but look how it works here to make this light-starved cottage kitchen feel warm and welcoming. 

We actually have a whole gallery dedicated to orange rooms to be sure to check that out too.

Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer. As a renter, she is always looking for creative ways to make her flat feel like home. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration.