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My Fall Palette for 2011

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Since tomorrow marks the first official day of fall, I wanted share with you my picks for a fresh fall paint palette. The following paint colors are swatches from the Martha Stewart Living paint collection at The Home Depot.

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From the left: Burl MSL 224, Graham Cracker Crust MSL 051, Pup Tent MSL 095, Cornichon MSL 102, File Cabinet MSL 200, Cornbread MSL, 070.

My palette is derived from an early fall moment, when there are still a few green leaves on the trees, but just a few are starting to turn yellow and brown. The air is still crisp, and not too cool. Finally, I threw in a basic black as an anchor. It reminds me of the Halloween fun, yet to arrive.

Here a few ideas from the pages of Living to show you how to decorate with the colors in this palette.

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A yellow lamp with a black shade adds a bold element, while ecru and cream bedding, a blond-wood side table, and a jute rug temper the intensity of the walls, creating a balance of elements that's romantic but not predictable and feminine.

1 A yellow lamp with a black shade adds a bold element, while ecru and cream bedding, a blond-wood side table, and a jute rug temper the intensity of the walls, creating a balance of elements that's romantic but not predictable and feminine.

Layer on blacks and grays. We've mixed plaid and floral prints -- and shaggy pillows and plush throws -- on this black four-poster. Dark artwork and lamps carry the color scheme throughout the room, while a single shot of color -- the yellow-trimmed pillow -- keeps it lively.

2 Layer on blacks and grays. We've mixed plaid and floral prints -- and shaggy pillows and plush throws -- on this black four-poster. Dark artwork and lamps carry the color scheme throughout the room, while a single shot of color -- the yellow-trimmed pillow -- keeps it lively.

Patterned green walls? Yes! Patterns can be mixed when a palette is this restrained.

3 Patterned green walls? Yes! Patterns can be mixed when a palette is this restrained.

The use of brown and yellow against a crisp gray wall is calming in this sunny room.

4 The use of brown and yellow against a crisp gray wall is calming in this sunny room.

A pale yellow is the perfect backdrop for a collection of photos in black frames.

5 A pale yellow is the perfect backdrop for a collection of photos in black frames.

I  love Martha's black bureau. An inexpensive mirror, framed in whimsical fretwork, became a glamorous accent for the bedroom when its old varnish was replaced with a deep, charcoal-gray paint.

6 I love Martha's black bureau. An inexpensive mirror, framed in whimsical fretwork, became a glamorous accent for the bedroom when its old varnish was replaced with a deep, charcoal-gray paint.

The combination of green and brown in this room is delightful. Who says a lively green isn't a fall color?

7 The combination of green and brown in this room is delightful. Who says a lively green isn't a fall color?

Remnants of four graphic fabrics add drama when placed in metal frames and hung in a grid. The yellow and black really stand out.

8 Remnants of four graphic fabrics add drama when placed in metal frames and hung in a grid. The yellow and black really stand out.

Black doesn't have to be heavy. This kitchen is bright and airy, but the black-painted island and chairs give it a central focus.

9 Black doesn't have to be heavy. This kitchen is bright and airy, but the black-painted island and chairs give it a central focus.

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Comments (5)

  • Beautiful combination of colors for the fall. The cornbread color is one of my favorites. The walls in the salons in our home in Kuwait are painted in the same tone of yellow, I love it. I love Martha paint colors amazing tones and shades.
    Regards

  • These are beautiful colors and really representative of the season. I love the versatility and being able to incorporate them into your existing design; like natural furniture or premium wood blinds.

  • Yes,lovely colors of the season; was listening to your radio show as I drove to work this morning, I think you recommended cornbread to a caller. Enjoy following you here and on the radio, thanks for all the creative inspiration.

  • This is beautiful colors.

  • Question: is the "pale yellow" in the picture 5 of 9 with the black picture frames, cornbread or file cabinet?

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