Fall Colors: How to Work Seasonal Shades into 3 Areas of Your Life

Each season, the experts at Pantone release a palette of shades designated as the �it� colors�haute hues which their trend analysts predict will be the ones at the center of fashion, home d�cor, and even food trends. Most of the time, they hit the nail on the head.

So what shades will we all be living in this season? For the most part, the colors are subtle, earthy, and natural. In other words, perfect for fall. From the muted olive green shade called Dried Herb and the dark gray Stormy Weather, to a punchy orange hue called Cadmium, and of course, Pantone�s color of the year, Marsala, here�s how to use the season�s hottest shades to give your style an update. 

1. Into your wardrobe.

The great thing about fall�s most-loved colors? They�re super easy to work into your wardrobe. Hues like olive green, salmon pink, and gray-blue are subtle but on-trend updates to your favorite cool weather neutrals like black and camel. For a bolder look, color-block high-contrast shades on the opposite ends of the spectrum, like the mustard yellow Oak Buff and dark turquoise Reflecting Pond. Still need some inspiration? Check out Pantone�s website: there�s an entire page dedicated to the way designers like Lela Rose and Rebecca Minkoff incorporated Pantone shades into their fall collections.

2. Into your home. 

One of the easiest ways to keep your home feeling seasonal is by replacing d�cor and accents. For the summer-to-fall transition, replace bright, saturated hues with tones that are richer, warmer and more subdued. A few no-fail pairings: deep red and navy blue (think Marsala and Reflecting Pond), or olive and dark gray (like Dried Herb and Stormy Weather). For help choosing the best shades to go with your space, or to give an entire room a seasonal refresh, try an online design service like Decorist, which offers custom room interior designs for as little as $199.

3. On your table. 

No, we�re not talking about your place settings and centerpieces. We�re talking the actual food you put on your table. During entertaining season, paying attention to how your food both looks andtastes could win you the title of �hostess with the mostest.� For one, studies show that more colorful dishes are more appetizing. And of course, they�re a lot more fun to Instagram. For example, try adding a touch of Marsala-inspired red (currants, dried raspberries or radishes) to salad greens, acorn squash, or sweet potatoes to make the dish pop.

With the right combinations of in-season colors, you�re sure to make your home stand out this autumn.

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