Just in time for a seasonal refresh.

By Katherine Owen
September 10, 2018
Smith lightened the room with three simple techniques. Using the same paint color and finish (White Dove OC-17; benjaminmoore.com) for the walls, ceiling, and shelving made the built-ins disappear and helped the room as a whole look bigger. He whitewashed the floors with a combination of bleach and satin-finish stain. "A satin finish prevents shine, making the floors feel more original," Smith explains. Finally, he filled the room with library lights. "I love their warm glow reflecting off the room's lacquered walls at night," he says.
Laurey W. Glenn

School supplies have taken over the end caps of aisles at Target, and my Facebook feed is nothing but videos of apple recipes—all of which means one thing. Fall is here, or at least peeking around the corner, despite the fact that it's still 90 degrees-plus across the South and the technical start isn't until later this month. (Don't let Mama catch you in white kicks though.)

If the very theoretical change in seasons has you itching for a change indoors as well, there's one big way you could refresh for fall—and be perfectly on-trend. Color is back, and it's big. Un-clutch the pearls, your white farmhouse looks are safe for now too—one can add rich color in subtle ways. But big or small, color is creeping back in, and I say go big or go beige. (Read: go big, please.)

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Expect to see color in everything from block print patterns on artisan textiles to lush, richly hued fabrics on sofas. (Like in Shaun Smith's New Orleans home, pictured at the top.) Terrazzo is having another moment in the sun, and is endlessly fun when done in unexpected color combinations. And, of course, a colorful kitchen will never get old. Take a cue from Houston, Texas designer Lindsey Herod:

And it's not just all about bright, perky colors; black is bold, statement-making, and always a classic. Try it like Atlanta homebuilder Pam Sessions did, covering a powder room in Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore (SW 7069):

Now, we're not ready to totally cast aside clean, bright-white kitchens and airy neutral-colored bedrooms. But some color here and there never hurt, and likely, will help. Expect to see some funky combinations this fall, and a general re-embracing of big, bold, statement-making color. Even if it's just some new throw pillows, a quick coat of a paint, or an all-out rainbow explosion in the powder bath.