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Each season, the experts at Pantone release a palette of
shades designated as the “it” colors—haute hues which their trend analysts
predict will be the ones at the center of fashion, home décor, and even food
trends. Most of the time, they hit the nail on the head.

So what shades will we all be living in this season? For the
most part, the colors are subtle, earthy, and natural. In other words, perfect
for fall. From the muted olive green shade called Dried Herb and the dark gray
Stormy Weather, to a punchy orange hue called Cadmium, and of course, Pantone’s
color of the year, Marsala, here’s how to use the season’s hottest shades to
give your style an update. 

1. Into your
wardrobe.

The great thing about fall’s most-loved colors? They’re super easy
to work into your wardrobe. Hues like olive green, salmon pink, and gray-blue
are subtle but on-trend updates to your favorite cool weather neutrals like
black and camel. For a bolder look, color-block high-contrast shades on the
opposite ends of the spectrum, like the mustard yellow Oak Buff and dark
turquoise Reflecting Pond. Still need some inspiration? Check out Pantone’s
website: there’s an entire page dedicated to the way designers like Lela Rose
and Rebecca Minkoff incorporated Pantone shades into their fall
collections
.

2. Into your home. 

One of the easiest ways to keep your home feeling seasonal is by replacing
décor and accents. For the summer-to-fall transition, replace bright, saturated
hues with tones that are richer, warmer and more subdued. A few no-fail
pairings: deep red and navy blue (think Marsala and Reflecting Pond), or olive
and dark gray (like Dried Herb and Stormy Weather). For help choosing the best
shades to go with your space, or to give an entire room a seasonal refresh, try
an online design service like Decorist, which offers custom room interior
designs
for as little as $199.

3. On your table. 

No, we’re not talking about your place settings and centerpieces. We’re talking
the actual food you put on your table. During entertaining season, paying
attention to how your food both looks and
tastes could win you the title of “hostess with the mostest.” For one, studies
show that more colorful dishes are more appetizing. And of course, they’re a
lot more fun to Instagram. For example, try adding a touch of Marsala-inspired
red (currants, dried raspberries or radishes) to salad greens, acorn squash, or
sweet potatoes to make the dish pop.

With the right combinations of in-season colors, you’re sure
to make your home stand out this autumn.