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Fall Color Trends

Web Editor | July 10, 2011 | 6:22 PM

Hair color isn't the only place where trends rule the season. Check out these color trends from other industries and get inspired!


Home Décor:
Benjamin Moore is predicting Chocolate Browns, Earth-Toned Greens and Muted Sea and Calming Blues as the "it" colors this fall.


The Paint Quality Institute is also predicting green as a hot fall hue. Mid-tone green hues of fern, palm, pine and sage can be used independently or coupled with clear blue or aqua to create a living space that feels outdoors-y. Sandy tans and warm browns complete the earthy feel. PQI is also saying "Crewel Colors" will be popular. These include rich cranberry reds, warm browns and pumpkin orange. Deep-toned blue will complement the mix.



"Fall is traditionally a time for subdued, quiet colors, but this season we are seeing a shift toward cool hues with bright, exciting undertones," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "Conventional tones such as warm autumn hues, chocolate browns and steel grays are also among the fall color choices. Blue and purple tones have become staples, as illustrated by Blue Iris, one of the top 10 colors chosen by designers this season, and Pantone's Color of the Year for 2008."

Pantone's 2008 Fall Color List:

  • Blue Iris
  • Royal Lilac
  • Shady Glade (deep green)
  • Caribbean Sea (teal blue)
  • Aurora Red
  • Shitake (mushroom brown)
  • Withered Rose (faded pink)
  • Twilight Blue
  • Burnt Orange
  • Ochre



OPI is also forecasting rich earth and jewel tones for fall. In their new La Collection de France, dark browns, chocolates, caramels, lush mushroom, warm terra cotta, cinnamon, deep wines, purples, aubergine, glamorous reds, burgundy and creamy nudes round out the collection of colors.


Fall Color Trends

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