Fall Color * 2011.

I went for a walk the other night, on a beautiful evening, and much to my delight the air was scented with falling leaves, apple trees, and bonfires.

Fall is here.

I feel most creatively inspired at this time. The back to school season pushes you forward from the laid-back summer attitude to a more serious/productive mindset. When I worked in advertising, Fall always entailed a frenzy of new campaigns. It’s the big runway time in fashion. New beginnings, fresh ideas, and time for Color Zen to churn out 5 fabulous hues for the Fall Color post. Woo hoo!

In late summer I start thinking about this post… watching color forecasts (here’s an example from Pantone), watching runway shows, checking out Fall retail lines, but mostly relying on gut instinct. What do I want to be surrounded by and what do I want to wear!

This year I’m feeling global, organic, artisanal, earthly, fiery influences. Color with warmth and richness. Comfortable, cozy, livable, wearable. Hues that remind me of Indian tapestry, Moroccan throw pillows, hand spun pottery, and wool sweaters.

Let’s roll…

1. Olive Green. Obsessed– even bought the eye shadow :) Love it on the walls, feels very modern. Complements many accent and wood colors. Try Benjamin Moore hiking path 524 or providence olive HC-98.

2. Taupe. The perfect mix of brown and gray. Currently loving it mixed with camel tones (or any of the colors within this fabulous photo by Martha- Martha knows color). Try Benjamin Moore fairview taupe HC-85 or kingsport gray HC-86.

3. Plum. Otherwise known as red/violet. Could be an accent wall or accessory color. Plays well with wood. Makes people look good. Try Benjamin Moore bordeaux red 1365 or dark walnut 1358.

4. Ochre. Can’t get enough of this hue paired with gray! Sunny with a cool breeze. A touch of white and brown temper the gold. Try Benjamin Moore princeton gold HC-14 or summerdale gold HC-17.

5. Garnet. A slightly burnt red that almost leans orange. Pairs well with spice tones. For the feisty, firecracker client :) Try Benjamin Moore sweet rosy brown 1302 or spanish red 1301.

Readers, enjoy your season, hope you like the picks! If you would like to look back on last year’s colors, here’s a link.

(Thank you Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart, Domino, West Elm, and Ingrid Pullar for the New York Times for the photos)

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