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Harvest Abundance: 2013 Thanksgiving Color Trends and Palettes

 alt=The sights and sounds of the holidays are upon us once again. As we look forward to Thanksgiving, there are several trends to note in color and décor. Expressing the many moods of the season, these trends and colors are sure to get the creativity flowing for your fall design projects.

Fall Harvest Décor

This year we see several trends in décor and design for the Thanksgiving holiday. Each trend incorporates a distinct ambiance into the design and allows for sophistication, tradition, modernity, humor and creativity.

A Long Pilgrimage

In honor of the nation's beginning, we look to Plymouth Rock and the first Thanksgiving. Standing on tradition and history, textures and materials take on a worn and weathered look as if everything is from long ago. Special details to include are stone-cast figurines of pilgrims; dull pewter metals on details such as candlesticks or pumpkins; birch bark; tree roots; feathers; natural materials such as cotton and wool; and Indian corn, corn husks and wheat stalks.


A Long Pilgrimage Color Palette


DE6067 Crushed Stone


DE6355 Tarnished Silver


DE5055 Merlot


DEA194 Mulberry


DE5124 Southwestern Clay


DE5319 Lion's Mane


DE5328 Driftwood


DE6119 Neutral Valley


DE5183 Light Carob


DE5208 Harvest Time


DE5647 Reeds


DE6392 Mink

A Plentiful Harvest

As the season changes -- providing us with crisp and cool mornings; late-afternoon, warm sunny days; and early evening sunsets -- harvest colors open up in a world right outside our front door. Pressed leaves inspire the trend, with the warm reds, golds, oranges, browns and yellows providing a leading role this season. Other autumn elements include apples, gourds, berry clusters, nut shells, acorns and, of course, pumpkins in all their natural coloring. Show your creativity by adding handcrafted décor such as metal turkeys, felt craftwork, burlap, leaf rakes, and craft paper designs. Smoked and opaque glass, glazed ceramic, rough pine and old-fashioned candles complete the scene.

A Plentiful Harvest Color Palette


DE5285 Antique Brass


DE5125 Red River


DE5242 Beeswax


DE5054 Candied Apple


DE6090 Western Red


DE5389 Ripe Pineapple


DEA130 Lucky Clover


DE5006 Plum Passion


DE5578 Wasabi


DEC711 Cliff Brown


DEA188 Black Bay


DE5418 Gilded

Curated Vintage

Looking to early 20 th-century commercial enterprises and kitchen advertising as inspiration, this trend includes industrial and apothecary design, offering a fresh idea for a holiday setting. Look for old-fashioned food scales, metal letters from letterpresses, buttons, chalkboards with the holiday menu and first-edition book collections to set up the design. Also include apothecary jars, bread tins and pressed metalwork, as well as textiles that are reminiscent of Art Nouveau design and color.

Curated Vintage Color Palette


DE6314 Dark Pewter


DEW358 Milk Glass


DEC700 Teatime Mauve


DEC701 Revival Rose


DEC702 Antique Rose


DE5772 Blue Spruce


DE5822 Silver Storm


DE5571 Ivy Enchantment


DEA105 Cherry Bomb


DE5445 Tanami Desert


DE5348 Corn Harvest


DE6003 Sweetie Pie

Monochromatic Moods

Let's face it. As Halloween, one of the most colorful times of the year, recedes from memory, some long for a softened and muted palette. Trending upward for the past few seasons, a monochromatic palette continues to be an inviting entrée into the late fall. Metallics,whites and wheat coloring pair well with honey gold for a relaxed setting. White painted antlers, wheat stalks, garland made of acorns, black-and-white charcoal etchings and white pumpkins provide additional layers to the design.

Monochromatic Moods Color Palette


DEW313 Early Snow


DEW351 Antique White


DEW395 Heirloom Shade


DE6110 Warm Hearth


DE6160 Fall Harvest


DE6165 Toasted Marshmallow


DE6167 Antique Honey


DE5270 Apple Cider


DE6157 Bisque Tan


DE6155 Soft Ivory


DEC752 Birchwood


DE5728 Tinted Ice

Spice Market

As the smells of Thanksgiving and late fall start permeating the air, one is transported to global spice markets. The robust scents of cinnamon, herbs, allspice, apple cider and roasting seeds provide a strong spice market palette, popular for today's Thanksgiving and fall décor. Deep and bright reds, ginger orange, and browns provide the foundation to this earthy palette, while touches of spicy mustard and citrus brighten the room. Add jars of spices, clove-infused oranges and pomegranates -- along with multi-patterned textiles, Spanish-carved candlesticks and earthenware -- for a complete look for your festivities.

Spice Market Color Palette


DE5384 Spicy Mustard


DE5466 Citrus Spice


DE5151 Cinnamon Stick


DE5621 Wild Thyme


DE6152 Maple View


DE6032 Hazelnut


DE5090 Pomegranate


DEA159 Rich Mocha


DE5193 Spiced Nectarine


DE5271 Ginger Spice


DE5251 Spice Cake


DE5407 Pumpkin Seed

A Blue Harvest

Blue has been uptrending the past few years, charging full force into the mainstream, as well as holiday décor. Thanksgiving is no exception, and the addition of blue to the season is a modern, fresh approach to the tradition of the season. Aged and deep midnight blues add backdrops with additional layers of cream, orange-reds, and gold metallic accents. Hand-painted touches in furnishings and decorations are paired with blue and white pumpkins and gourds, cream candles, pewter dinnerware and blue-tinted glassware. Add special touches with burlap and linen textiles, knotted-rope napkin rings and driftwood for an elegant, yet casual setting.

A Blue Harvest Color Palette


DE6304 Blustery Wind


DE6312 Dusty Dream


DEC786 Miner's Dust


DEC787 Mythical Blue


DE5247 Allspice


DE6155 Soft Ivory


DE6187 Veranda Gold


DE5179 Bronzed Orange


DE5795 Spirit Mountain


DE6316 Cold Water


DE5207 Pecan Veneer


DE5144 Pouring Copper

Fashion Forward

Fashion meets interior design in this modern take on the fall festivities. Pairing some of our 2013 trend colors with Pantone's fall 2013 fashion color palette, this modern scheme is sure to please the hipster crowd looking to move from the past into a new set of traditions. Begin with a winter white, orange and gray color palette base, then add touches of trendy accents such as emerald, brilliant blue and deep plum. Plaid and paisley textiles are paired with crisp white linen, piled with white mini pumpkins, gray pebbles, ripe pears and squash. Square white plates, small scotch tumblers and an abundance of candles set in driftwood complete the setting.

Fashion Forward Color Palette


DE5755 Carnival Night


DE5699 Emerald Pool


DE5479 Hay Day


DEA136 Beautiful Blue


DEA143 Purple Odyssey


DEA107 Hot Jazz


DE5202 Desert Spice


DE6230 Center Ridge


DEA103 Striking Red


DE5797 Slate Wall


DEA158 Northern Territory


DEA146 Scarlet Apple

Woodland Creatures

The creatures running around the forests and fields have entered the home. Owls are still abundant and foxes are gaining popularity. Add friendly squirrels and other critters and pair them with pine needles, branches, acorns and moss. Burlap and log cabin-inspired textiles add depth, while colorful dinnerware and thick glassware set the base layer. A precursor to the Christmas holiday trend, woodland creatures provide a fun twist on the rough luxe trend home and giftware collections.

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Woodland Creatures Color Palette


DE5146 Campfire


DE6354 Gray Wolf


DEC732 Aspen Yellow


DEA162 Log Cabin


DE6352 December Sky


DE5978 Plum Wine


DE5572 Sage Leaves


DE5569 Hidden Hills


DEA152 Deep Crimson


DEW330 Snug Cottage


DEA164 Autumn Bark


DEA175 Black Forest

Happy Thanksgiving!