Decorating with Warm Tones

No time of year makes us think of warm tones more than autumn. With nature putting on a show and transitioning the cool green leaves of summer into the warmer yellows, oranges, and reds of fall, we can’t help but be inspired to follow suit. Warm tones are welcoming in the home with hues that invoke a feeling of casual comfort. Here’s a peek at five different living room looks, and some tips on decorating with warm colors.
A chocolate brown sofa is a practical choice if you live with kids or pets since the darker fabric will hide dirt or smudges. Pair it with natural wood tones and comfortable toss pillows in shades of red and yellow to evoke the feeling of fall each time you enter the space. (More tips on decorating with a brown sofa can be found in this article.)

warm tones in family room

You’ll find warm tones present in rooms accented with antiques, from the dark walnut wood finishes found in furniture to the dyes in the traditional rugs underfoot. Balance the older pieces with plenty of fresh white paint for a more contemporary look like the bookcases and window seat seen in this living room.

red rug tan sofa

Have you considered upholstering accent chairs in a bold motif? Warm tones of espresso, burnt orange, and marigold combine in this fresh Ikat fabric on the upholstered chairs and bring desirable pattern to this stylish sitting room.

warm ikat

Neutrals with brown undertones will always complement each other, but to keep the combination from feeling muddy, incorporate varied textures like these silk curtains, cool metals on the stools, and sheepskin accent rugs on the chaise .

warm fabrics leather chair

One of the best ways to balance warm tones is with cooler fabrics or colors. By mixing the gray fabric on these chairs with the floor to ceiling bookcases, this sitting space feels fresh and modern and still allows the warmth of the wood cabinetry to take the spotlight.

warm wood bookcases


How do you decorate with and balance the warm tones in your home?