Decorating with Earth Tones

A living room decorated in earth tones. Shown with Duette honeycomb shades, available at C.D. Michaels, Inc..

a warm and natural look

Earth tones are comfortable, rich looking and warm, adding harmony and coziness to a home environment. They remind us of the colors of the falling leaves in the harvest season.

An earth tone palette can go with almost any decorating style – smooth and sophisticated, rough and rustic, or dainty and feminine. It all depends on the specific hues you select and the style of the home elements you purchase. Using lighter versions of earth tones will create a more lustrous, natural look.

An elegant dining room with brown furnishings. Window coverings are available at C.D. Michaels, Inc. in Bedford Heights.
An earth tone palette can go with almost any decorating style.

What’s your favorite hue?

Consider the variety of earth tones that work well for home design projects: ginger, copper, cinnamon, tan, umber, khaki, pumpkin, coffee, persimmon, sage, and terra cotta.

Earth tone hues tend to work well with each other, so it’s easier to combine colors than with some other palettes.

Earth tones also go well with cream, taupe, beige and light gray as a neutral. Use white to brighten an earth tone palette or introduce black to add drama and sophistication.

A bedroom in earth tones. Shown with Vignette Modern Roman shades.
Earth tones tend to work well together.

Where to use earth tones

Earth tones are perfect for a variety of interior elements, including:
– Upholstery fabric
– Window treatments
– Pillows and bedding
– Rugs and flooring
– Paint
– Countertops

If you have large windows or a beautiful outdoor setting, earth tone hues will help blend the indoors and outdoors, since they mimic the colors of the natural world.

Take the chill out of your home environment this fall. Add earth tones for a natural and balanced look.

A dining room with large windows. Shown with light green Provenance woven wood shades.
Earth tone hues help blend the indoors and outdoors.

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