14 gorgeous rooms featuring warm fall colors

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Autumn isn't the only time to incorporate darker, richer tones into your home (although it's likely when those colors, looking their finest in nature, pop into your design dreams). Vibrant oranges and yellows, cozy reds, sunny yellows, sultry grays, and earthy browns infuse spaces with energy and warmth, two things that are always good to have in a room, no matter the season. For an instant and impactful transformation, paint a wall one of these shades, or go the subtle route with warm-hued curtains, pillows, and upholstery. We delved into the AD archives to find the most stunning examples of these colors in action, in living rooms, offices, kitchens, and more. Read on to find decor ideas that will serve you well long after the trees go bare.

14 gorgeous rooms featuring warm fall colors
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14 gorgeous rooms featuring warm fall colors

In this Kelly Wearstler–designed living room in Bel Air, California, vintage wall lights salvaged from a Roman cinema flank the fireplace; the leather sofas are by J. Robert Scott.

Photo: Roger Davies

In art dealer Dorothea Elkon’s Moroccan home, cedar cabinets and golden-yellow tile line the kitchen.

Photo: Simon Watson

The kitchen in Vidal Sassoon’s Bel Air retreat features a Saarinen Tulip table and chairs by Knoll and built-in cabinets by Neutra; the hanging cabinet and stool are by Jean Prouvé.

Photo: Todd Eberle

Abstract '70s silkscreens hang above the sofa in Richard Lambertson and John Truex’s Manhattan apartment; the walls are painted in Tanner's Brown by Farrow & Ball.

Photo: Joshua McHugh

In the living room of this upstate New York farmhouse renovated by Alison Spear, custom-designed sofas covered in a Scalamandré cut velvet join circa-1920 Louis XVI–style chairs; the vitrine holds antique miniature family portraits.

Photo: Joshua McHugh

The living room in this Stephen Sills–designed Colorado mountain house features an armchair and ottoman of his design, both upholstered in a Ralph Lauren Home leather.

Photo: Nikolas Koenig

Shades of orange and red accent jewelry designer James Taffin de Givenchy’s Manhattan showroom, including the sitting area.

Photo: Phillippe de Givenchy for Taffin

The living room of designer Tino Zervudachi’s Paris apartment is decorated with doors painted in a faux-tortoise pattern, Cognac-color silk curtains with brown velvet trim, and a pair of 1940s Jansen armchairs; between the windows, a sculpture by Luiza Miller stands in front of a gouache by Joseph Beuys.

Photo: Derry Moore

Designer Thomas Jayne convinced the owners of this Philadelphia home to line the living room walls in a chocolate-brown Holland & Sherry cotton, providing a distinctive backdrop for the large Chuck Close portrait Bill and other artworks.

Photo: Roger Davies

In this historic Boston townhouse, decorated by Wells & Fox, features a Christopher Wool painting; the custom-made armchairs in the bay window are clad in a Claremont fabric.

Photo: Joshua McHugh

Snuff-brown silk covers the walls of a living area of fashion designer and art collector Kasper's Manhattan apartment. The space is largely given over to his collection of Old Master paintings and drawings.

Photo: Pieter Estersohn

In the library of this Kansas City, Missouri, apartment, a Williams-Sonoma Home daybed accesses two seating areas; the polished-nickel floor lamp, at right, and the brown wall paint are both by Restoration Hardware.

Photo: Joshua McHugh

A '40s sunflower mirror in distressed gold leaf hangs above the living room fireplace in this French farmhouse that was overhauled by Jean-Louis Deniot and his sister, Virginie Deniot.

Photo: Derry Moore

In the living room of this Miles Redd-decorated California home, a trumeau from John Rosselli Antiques hangs between windows curtained with a Lee Jofa silk; the stoneware table lamps are by Jasper. The fabric on the chairs and the love seat at left is a Kravet print, the brown-and-beige throw pillows at right are made of a Clarence House velvet, and the sisal is by Patterson Flynn Martin.

Photo: Roger Davies


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