Why Blazing Autumn is Our November Color of the Month
We know that orange shades are one of fall’s signature colors—from pumpkins that sit on festive autumn doorsteps, to leaves that drop on pavement sidewalks, and the sweet potatoes that adorn the Thanksgiving table. The orange color family abounds at this time of year and we’re highlighting the midtone apricot hue Blazing Autumn (DE5235) this November for another reason as well—because it’s warm and honeyed shade reminds us of the sunshine that keeps the Southwestern landscape warm right up until winter.
Keeping in Balance
Blazing Autumn speaks both to the balmy climate of the Southwest’s lingering sun and to the culture’s prevailing interest in desert landscape motifs—from creatives who draw inspiration from Palm Springs to the curtains within the desert home, interior designers and artists have been leaning into the subdued hues of pink, orange, and terracotta paint colors that we’re seeing more throughout design.
Although Blazing Autumn is a color that adapts to many different spaces, it really shines in places of gathering, like a family room, a dining room, or kitchen. Because of its warmth, it balances well with cooler shades. Warm up the walls in Blazing Autumn and add dynamism to a space by decorating with lively touches of greenery, incorporating indoor plants like pathos and fiddle leaf fig plants into the space.
Using Blazing Autumn as a main color, touches of gold and rich emerald or navy make ideal accents. Light sophisticated blues like Ice Cold (DE5784) and Arctic Paradise (DE5841) also complement the apricot hue. Don’t just take our word for it either—see how shades of orange-melon layer interest into the cool blue alleyways of Moroccan street scenes. Or gather inspiration into how these color families—blue and orange—work exceedingly well together as they do in fashion designer Dani Nagel’s Palm Springs home.
Put Blazing Autumn to work in a bedroom as well, and pair it with creams, light browns, and soft whites. Paint the walls in the orange paint color and echo the hue in a patterned rug that also features terracotta and silver and keep the room’s door and trim in complementary hues of White Igloo (DEW379) or softened gray Muslin (DE6227).
November’s Color of the Month is also an ideal shade for the Southwest's trademark Spanish-style architecture. For homes looking to spice up their exterior, a palette that includes Blazing Autumn can express their bold personalities.
If you’re digging squash hues and want more ideas on how to incorporate them into your design, reference some previous orange paint colors we’ve highlighted in the past like Fall Foliage (DE5257) or Harvest Time (DE5208).