Happy October.

Can I ask you a question? I want your opinion. Don’t hold back. Tell me like it is.

What do you think of orange?

It’s kind of like the forgotten fall color.

I’ve been looking for ideas for fall and it seems that everyone is all about the blue and the red and the gray and the white for fall decorations this year. We are in such a rush to find new colors to decorate for fall that we forget all about a classic.

Poor orange. Everyone just forgets about it.

It’s like orange is so fall 2005.

But truly? Just between us?

I love a little neutral with my fall. But nothing says fall to me like an orange pumpkin.

Hang in there orange.

I’m on your team.

When I was planning out fall in the living room, I tried so many different colors.

I tried yellow.


I tried maroon.


I tried just blue and white.


And then I found these orange stems.

They were the perfect pop of color among a sea of blue.

I bought every single one that they had and filled a white pitcher on the table in the bay window between the blue and white striped chairs.

Then I added these orange hydrangea stems.

Just a little pop of orange here and there. The key to making them look extra cute? Find a vase with a narrow top. There are 2-3 stems in each vase and the narrow top allows them to stand upright and look like little tufts of fall.

I scattered them about the room.

There is still tons of blue and white in the living room.

It’s my favorite combination.

But now?

It looks even cuter and extra fall-like with all that orange.

Now that you’ve seen the living room what do you think about orange?

Are you team orange or team over it?

And what colors do you use to decorate for fall?

Neutrals or pops of colors.

The back of the house is all neutral.

But in this living room? When you walk in the front door?

In the middle of blue and white pillows and the blue and white rug and stacks of books and navy bookcases.

In the middle of all that?

I’m so happy this showed up.

I know, right?

Orange with a side of orange on top.

I love you, orange.

Welcome to 2021.

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  1. Image for Linda Scott Linda Scott

    Such a beautiful room and LOVE orange, that's all I ever I use in the Fall. Those branches are perfect and they really make a statement!! The orange brings a warmth to a room at the time of year we are looking for cozy! Yes, I'm with you, orange it is a great color especially this time of year!

  2. Image for Betsy Betsy

    Karianne, where did you ever find Bittersweet! Are the stems real or artificial? I used to be able to find it on the side of the road and in parks but it's hard to find now. I asked my local garden nursery to order me a bush but they said they can't get it anymore because it's considered too invasive. HELP! P.S. Happy October!

  3. Image for LORRI LORRI

    You can never go wrong with bittersweet or a pumpkin or two.. your room ooks lovely!!!! Sometimes neutrals have to step aside when Fall comes around!!!

  4. Image for Beverly Beverly

    Everything looks perfect, sweetie. After all, orange is the perfect complimentary color for blue. I use mostly neutrals with little pops of color; may be green, yellow, orange, or bright pink. Depends on my mood. But the way, I have been on the online hunt for a blue and white pumpkin. Any leads?

  5. Image for Alice Alice

    LOVE LOVE LOVE orange! Use it all winter long to brighten things up. And to geek out for a moment, orange and blue are complementary colors on the color wheel, I believe a 5(blue) to 3(orange) ratio, so makes perfect sense with your color palette!

  6. Image for Joyce Hale Joyce Hale

    I love orange 🧡 the orange leaves on the trees are the most beautiful and makes fall a sight to behold! I always have orange decor inside for fall ,its the best 🍁🍂🍁🍂🧡

  7. Image for Carole Carole

    I LOVE orange; it's my color...not just for autumn, but year round! I may be in the minority in a sea of neutral-loving people, but I'm a "warm" loving person all the time! My home envelops me in gold, tan, yellow, brown, rust and ORANGE year round and I love it! However, I do admire your decorating style even if the colors aren't my favourites :)

  8. Image for Be Be

    Perfect color with that blue. When you walk in that room it will makes you smile every time. Makes you feel happy!!!!

  9. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    I gotta have me some orange! Why give a kid some crayons and ask them what color is fall and they will pick--ORANGE! It is so vibrant! Just like fall is to me!!! Thank you for showing us some color.

  10. Image for Lynda Lynda

    Hi Karianne, I love all the fall colors of orange, gold, green and maroon. I really love the orange pop in your blue and white living room. I would even add a couple of orange/rust colored pillows or a throw to add to it. All the neutral decor is nice but I love some color. Happy October!

  11. Image for Carol Anderson Carol Anderson

    I love orange. I spray painted some plastic pumpkins and they turned out great. Orange is kind of a soothing color, I think

  12. Image for Laurie Schroeder Laurie Schroeder

    That makes perfect sense from a color wheel standpoint. It looks so crisp and fresh in your room! I don’t decorate for fall, but know if find myself wanting to add in some new splashes of color. Navy, teal, mustard and gold are my normal colors, but some orange/rust floral would be pretty! Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Image for DeMarie Ingraham DeMarie Ingraham

    Definitely team Orange. And it’s not just for Fall! Your pop of 🍂 Autumn in your living room is perfect.

  14. Image for Missy Missy

    I have had those same stems for years and love them! I use mostly neutrals with a dark teal color in my living room. But a bit of darker orange is my go-to color to make it all pop. For Fall this year I added in some golden/yellow ginkgo leaves. It just sings.

  15. Image for cynthia chilson finger cynthia chilson finger

    I feel if you see color combinations in nature, you know they will work in your home (and garden), and orange is definitely prevalent. Enjoy that beautiful living room!

  16. Image for JAM JAM

    Love the bittersweet with the blue & white—simply striking! Could you please provide a source for the blue & white beaded pillow covers?

  17. Image for Louann Louann

    Nothing is more striking than blue and orange together……especially in the yard landscaping! Our home is a buff brick historic Tudor in OKC and we have blue and orange accents in front yard……even soft orange wicker chairs with blue and white cushions! These with blue hydrangeas and orange zinnias are beautiful! The orange in your living room is perfect! Now, fall decorating ( orange, gold, russet, green) has been completed on the black front steps and sidewalk, and passersby love it! Happy Fall 🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁

  18. Image for Melissa Dell Melissa Dell

    I love orange! I have painted my front door a deep gorgeous orange in the past for fall and absolutely loved it! It looks so good with your blue and white. Your living room makes me smile.

  19. Image for PJ PJ

    Orange is the perfect complement to blue and white. I, too, love bittersweet stems, but please warn your readers that bittersweet is HIGHLY invasive. If you use the real thing, please be careful of how you dispose of it. We fight to keep invasive bittersweet from choking out our trees here on the farm.

  20. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Orange and blue are perfect together. One sparks the other. Love how it brought autumn to your blue and white!

  21. Image for Joy Joy

    I'm loving the orange with your blue and white, it looks amazing. I go more to copper in a neutral and navy palette. But, HOW on earth did I miss your post on painting the bookcases Navy? I love that you've added more Navy into your living room.

  22. Image for Cindi Kinsey Cindi Kinsey

    I always use at least a little orange in my Fall decorating and I really love it with your blue. They make great color companions but, I believe orange has been the least loved color universally for years. (I think I read that somewhere. Lol) Might be fighting a losing battle on this one but at least you gave it a chance pairing it with your beautiful blues. I love an underdog don't you?

  23. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Okay. I'm going to be the odd man, er, woman, out! There are three colors I do not like and, uh, um, orange tops the list. Sorry. HOWEVER...I love the dark rusty/bittersweet color with the blue. That always looks good. And you did it sooooooo well! Of course! The living room looks great! I love it! 😍

  24. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    I am not a fan of orange but, let's face it, it's in the trees with all the other colors so I do have some in my house for fall.

  25. Image for Tammy Matthews Tammy Matthews

    It wouldn’t be Fall without orange! God is so creative and I’m so thankful for orange pumpkins, orange leaves, and the orange bittersweet he gives us! Your living room is so lovely with touches of orange to say, “Welcome Fall”.

  26. Image for Joan Joan

    Orange is one of my least favorite colors, however, I do use it when Fall rolls around. I look at all the pictures of decorations done with pinks, blues, purples, etc., and think that they are quite lovely but they read too much like Spring and Summer. Fall says orange, yellow, brown, gold, and rust. We need to take our direction from nature; take a walk through the woods and see where it leads.

  27. Image for Stephanie Stephanie

    I'm on team orange! It's such a happy color, IMO, and it reminds me of the autumns of my youth. Raking leaf piles and then jumping in them, carving jack-o-lanterns, burning leaves in the street, roasting pumpkin seeds, trick-or-treating...followed by Thanksgiving, and ORANGE was the color of the season. I still love it.

  28. Image for Bertie Bertie

    Hi Karianne, I too have a blue & white (ivory) living room and I've used deep golds and deep oranges for a touch of fall color. It's easy to change vases of silk flowers out and also some throw pillows. I've also introduced a tad of black with Halloween figures but once Halloween is over they will go away and more Thanksgiving colors will be added. Gives everything a bit of fall color and I have a wooded backyard area so plenty of fall color there too! Happy Fall Y'all

  29. Image for Kris Kris

    While I wouldn't use orange as a main color in any decorating scheme, it doesn't seem like autumn without a few touches of it, along with red and gold and brown and yes, a little green for contrast. If it's pretty on the trees, it will probably be pretty in your home.

  30. Image for Veronica Plain Veronica Plain

    Yas!! I have to have some orange in with my blues and whites too! I have more than you in this room, but it’s one of my fav colors and really only gets it’s time in the fall! Haha. Love it!

  31. Image for Carol Anderson Carol Anderson

    Gotta say that orange IS fall!! And gold, and maroon, and the deep jewel tones, for me anyhow. I've stayed with them regardless of the trends. They even look like they smell like fall. Lol. It's a love of mine. And. Somehow in the fall they look like and act like a neutral..... in my house.

  32. Image for Beth A. Christoff Beth A. Christoff

    Come on, you're never one to be shy ... go get some orange pillows! Beautiful, as always. But the room needs a bit more orange to tie it together. On a personal note, you've helped me so much and didn't even know it! I've lost 20 lbs. since January and kept it off. I'm 55, so it's not been easy. Thank you!

  33. Image for Marti Cooper Marti Cooper

    Orange is Hermes’ iconic color! How can we not love it?! (And it goes beautifully with navy & darker shades of blue, very chic.)

  34. Image for Jill Jill

    I used to try to go all neutral, with white pumpkins etc, but the whole reason fall is my favorite season is because of the colors (and football, and cider, and orchards, and pumpkin Patches). So I just decided to go with it the last two years. Orange is complimentary yo blue, which is the undertone of my gray paint, so burnt Orange, copper and terra cotta mixed with browns and grays looks amazing in my house! I love that you wrote about it. And I live those stems! Where did you find them?

  35. Image for Darlene Darlene

    I also am a Blue and white girl. Have it all over my home. Not an orange fan except in the fall and do a little like you did. Love the look. It just brightens up the whole room. Keep up the nice work.

  36. Image for AnnTN AnnTN

    I will always be classic colors for fall (oranges and toned down reds and golds) and Christmas(always reds and greens and white and gold). Love your pops of fall colors mixed with the blue and white.

  37. Image for Debbie Debbie

    I love orange, blue best but orange is 2nd! I wondered why nobody was using it, I mean I LOVE my blues, teals, white neutrals but come on it fall, got to have SOME orange. Your what I bought Wednesday was the best, I want it all, great job girl!!!! I look forward to your every post!!

  38. Image for flora irvan flora irvan

    This is SO me ...didb't see one thing I woukd change! Adore blue and white also BUT the.pops of orange with hydrangea and bittersweet. . . perfect! So much I see is so tackey and juvenile ino. ....was imoressed.. .you have a real eye for decorating

  39. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    I LOVE those stems in your room - they pop and give the most awesome nod to fall without getting TOO warm. Really looks perfect. Well done. Yes to orange.

  40. Image for Pam Bain Pam Bain

    I love orange with blue and white. I lean to the traditional colors of Asian Imari and have touches of it in the public spaces of our home.

  41. Image for Eva Eva

    Yes i have orange yellows neutrals here and there are fine but fall is color and what happened to doing your own colors ? Blue and Gray are pretty but not all year....

  42. Image for Va in NC Va in NC

    Love the pops of orange! Please share where you got the bittersweet stems and also would like to know the color & brand of paint used for the navy bookcase. Have a piece just waiting for your reply. Thank you so much for sharing tour ideas with all. Blessings,

  43. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Blue and orange are complementary colors on the color wheel. Cool and warm contrasts are beautiful together! You have a painter's eye! Another pretty combo is orange, purple, and green. You have created a joyful living room.

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