Fall décor brings whirlwinds of oranges and earth-tones to a room. But your home doesn’t have to become synonymous with the color of pumpkins.
After all, what’s more beautiful on an October day than the contrast of a blue sky against the autumn leaves?
Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room, a down-to-earth décor blog featured on HGTV.com, Apartment Therapy, and Ladies Home Journal, gives us a few ways to add splashes of aqua to break up the harvest colors.
Aqua mason jars
Michaels loves the look of mason jars for any time of year, but the aqua colored ones are a favorite – and surprisingly, they work great for fall.
“Aqua mason jars would look beautiful filled with natural fall décor, such as acorns, pinecones, miniature faux-red apples, or cinnamon sticks,” Michaels says.
Add an aqua-hued jar filled with acorns as décor above a fireplace. Or use the same idea as a table centerpiece.
Use Michael’s suggestion of the jar filled with cinnamon sticks in a bathroom or guest room to give a room a sweet fall scent.
Using warmer colors doesn’t mean temporarily taking down your spring- or summer-colored pieces.
Michaels hangs a rustic mini step-ladder on the wall in her home year round “An aqua door, ladder, or other accessory can be fresh accompaniment to traditional fall décor,” Michaels says. “Adding a rustic twig wreath to a weathered aqua door, picture frame, or old ladder would be lovely and very fall-ish.”
Skip the yellow and maroon mums. They’re hardy, yes, but for something a bit more contrasting and attention-grabbing, choose buds on the other end of the color wheel.
“My favorite flowers in the fall are hydrangeas as they change colors with the season,” Michaels says. “They turn gorgeous shades of bluish, greenish, and brownish tones – stunning for fall bouquets.”
Set a bouquet of these on the table next to a mini-pumpkin or gourd for a real pop of color.
Even if we’re changing up the autumn color scheme a bit, we still want iconic fall items around the home. If you’re planning on sticking with the usual pumpkin, change it up a bit for a new take on the classic.
“White pumpkins for fall would be beautiful with other decor in shades of aqua and blue,” Michaels says.
If you’re unable to find white pumpkins, use white spray paint for an easy way to cover the bold orange. For table settings, use mini pumpkins, painted white, with aqua napkins or glasses for a look that is autumn-themed, but doesn’t scream orange. Place a cluster of un-painted pumpkins, or gourds, in the center of the table to tie it back to the season.
October and November don’t have to mean coming home to an orange-toned home. Soften up the warm autumn color palate with splashes of aqua in accessories or table settings. You’ll never dread the orange autumn décor again.
*Photos courtesy of The Inspired Room