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Bring These Two Complementary Colors into Your Home Decor This Fall

Stone, bronze and rust bring warmth to foggy periwinkle in this complementary color scheme. 417 Home's Editor-at-Large, Heather Kane Kohler, explains how these colors can work together through different textures and materials.

By Heather Kane Kohler

Sep 2020

Fall colors home decor mood board
Photo by Brandon Alms417 Home Editor-at-Large, Heather Kane Kohler, suggests bringing warm colors into your home this fall, but pairing them with a cool tone such as periwinkle. Purchase Photo

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Complementary periwinkle and rust set the mood for this board, acting as the foundation for this color palette. These colors work together beautifully, as their main pigment is rooted in blue and orange, two complementary colors that sit across from each other on the color wheel. Stone with organic veining in shades of oyster and taupe helps to ground this look, and hardwoods with amber undertones enrich earthiness. Brushed bronze fixtures elevate the mood, giving it a more formal aesthetic. Fall is all about texture, so adding elements like leathers and velvet will give a space using this palette more depth. Layer texture by using wall coverings to line the insides of bookshelves and bring in light fixtures with amber and blue glass. Furniture in navy leather adds another layer of sophisticated texture. Use periwinkle and rust colored velvet as accents and copper patina decor elements for added interest. With the right balance of contrast this collection of design elements creates a moody, rich and earthy palette that’s perfect for fall.