My favorite season is almost officially here and the pumpkins and mums are on full display. The colors, shapes, and sizes of pumpkins have become an Instagram favorite. And thanks to farmers markets you can afford to snatch up a big load of pumpkins. But just want color mums or pumpkins should you add to your cart? You can find the answer in the color of your home’s exterior.
Below are two color palettes for the season that are easy to implement. They give you solid direction when out picking pumpkins or front door wreaths, and are based on your homes look and feel. One color palette is designed with the current trend of white and black exteriors, a modern take on fall decor. The second palette is perfect for the homes that are more earthy and based on off-whites and cream.
The current trends for a home exterior include all things stark white and black. If your home fits within the black and white trend an updated fall color palette is an excellent choice. A traditional orange mixed with pale orange and sage green brings fall feelings with the modern edge.
Things to look for when decorating the white exterior for fall:
- steel, concrete or gray planters
- orange, pale orange and green pumpkins
- wreaths with dried naturals, succulents and orange accents
- annuals with orange, white and tall grasses
A home exterior with cream or off-white colors works best with wood tones and earthy colors. Deep reds like brick, and burgundy mums, combined with dark greens, and traditional oranges round out an earthy color palette.
Things to look for when decorating for fall with cream or off white exterior:
- deep-colored annuals; dark orange, deep red or purple
- variety of orange-colored pumpkins
- dark wood planters
- wreaths with off-white, reds, oranges, dark greens, and other deep colors
If your house is not white or cream take a moment to decide if your exterior color palette belongs in an earthy palette such as browns and deep colors (if so, go with a cream palette) or if it is light with cooler colors (then go with the white palette)?
As always, remember that these are guidelines. They are suggestions for what colors will naturally look their best with a white versus off-white exterior. These aren’t hard and fast rules friend, just a great starting point. One of my favorite fall porch looks to-date included a lot of light pink. It was based off my pink front door and included greens and white pumpkins. Not a traditional fall color palette, but still my favorite.
To get you started with the fall front porch decorating I have pulled some of my favorite finds for styling a front porch. Let me know in the comments what colors you love to see on a fall front porch.
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