Warm Up Your Space with Late-Summer Color

Take a casual approach to the coming change of seasons with a careful selection of hues.

Autumn is approaching, but perhaps you’re not quite ready for pumpkins and corn shocks throughout your decor. Debra Oliver, who writes the Common Ground blog, likes to embrace the change in season in a little more relaxed manner. “While summer is full of color (a lot of red), patriotic designs and bright florals, late summer ushers in some of the colors of harvest, which are golds, darker greens, deep reds and even a bit of black and brown,” she writes. Consider a few tips and ideas from her garden room and dining room as you edge your home’s design toward fall.

Select textiles in fall colors. “I have a couple of quilts that really say ‘August’ to me,” Debra shares, explaining her love of deep golds for late summer. “Pile on the quilts, throws and pillows in harvest-y colors and heavier fabrics.”

Click here for larger image
Add autumn hues via florals and fruit. “Often I just need to add some sunflowers or black-eyed Susans to an existing faux flower arrangement to give a refresh,” she says. “I start using pears in mid-summer and as fall gets closer, then Christmas and winter, you’ll find pears a staple in my decor.” Click here for larger image
Select tableware to display. “Brown transferware and white ironstone are my favorite for tablescapes along with pumpkin and nature designs,” Debra shares. Prop up colorful platters as backdrops, or open a nearby cabinet’s doors to show off a collection of coordinated china. Click here for larger image
Create a seasonal vignette. “I love this old vintage summertime produce crate here on the little bench/coffee table. It’s full of bright summer color with apples and a label with a font in blues, greens, reds and golds,” she says. Click here for larger image

Find more of Debra’s home decorating ideas here and here.

Photographed and Styled by Debra Oliver

Back to top