Autumn is upon us and for most people, that means pumpkin spice everything and gearing up for the holiday season.

But, did you know fall is the best time to paint your home’s interior? It’s true!

Paint manufacturers recommend painting while the temperatures are between 40-85 degrees, depending on the paint type.

You also have the ability to open windows without humidity or freezing temperatures getting in. These affect the drying and curing time of your paint.

Now that you’re convinced now’s the best time to paint indoors, what color should you choose?

Sure, you can stick with the standard whites and grays and just freshen up your home. Or, you can add warmth to your walls with beautiful hues that will work year-round.

But, when it comes to warm paint colors, it can quickly take a turn towards tacky. We’re going to share 10 colors that are perfect for autumn — and the rest of the year, too!

Before Picking the Color, Know the Finish

Choosing a warm palette is one thing, but choosing the right finish is another. In fact, the paint sheen can alter the color once it’s on your walls.

There are five types of paint finishes. Each one has different characteristics and is better suited for different applications.

  • High gloss – Durable and easy to clean; best for kitchens, doors, and trim
  • Semi-gloss – Less shine than high gloss but similar characteristics; best for bathrooms, kitchens, doors, and trim
  • Satin – Durable and easy to clean; best for high-traffic areas like hallways and family rooms; does show flaws like roller or brush strokes
  • Eggshell – Medium durability; between flat and satin on the sheen scale; hides imperfections well better than satin or low lustre
  • Matte/Flat – Medium-low durability and tough to clean; hides imperfections and soaks up light; spaces without a lot of traffic like a master bedroom

Light will also affect the color. Some bulbs are cooler than others, which enhances blues and greens. Warmer light bulbs complement reds and oranges.

Keep in mind that sunlight moves through your home at different stages during the day. This will affect the way the paint looks. During the morning, the sunlight is warmer but as it reaches a higher point in the sky, it will develop a bluish cast.

Best Warm Paint Colors for Your Interior

If you’re worried about air quality — remember to crack a window! — you can take comfort knowing there are now low or no VOC paints available.

VOCs, or volatile organic compound, are carbon-based chemicals that evaporate from liquids to gases at room temperature. That “new paint” smell? Paints low or without VOCs don’t produce it nearly as much as traditional paint.

Now that you have a better understanding of different sheens, how light affects your paint color, and air quality, let’s dive into the fun part!

In general, warm colors are your reds, yellows, and oranges. But, there are some colors on the “cooler” side that are still warm and autumnal.

1. Mustard Yellow

Before you scoff at the idea of mustard yellow walls, hear us out. Used sparingly, aka for accent, mustard yellow can actually be beautiful in a home.

If your family room faces east, you’ll have a bright space that can improve those morning attitudes.

2. Scarlet

This rich red works well when it’s only used on an accent or a partial wall. The contrast of white wainscoting and scarlet is bold and masculine.

This is best for a dining room — food is passion, right? — or in a man’s bedroom.

3. Peacock

Teal, aquamarine, and peacock can feel “summery.” But, these hues are the new “it color” for winter and fall.

You may think of these as cooler colors, but lighter tints become richer in the fall. Peacock works well in living rooms and master bedrooms.

The best thing about this family of colors is that they really do work all year long.

4. Tangerine

Tangerine is definitely a warm color but it’s muted enough not to scream, “I’m an orange wall!” when someone walks into the room.

Tangerine is bold but not overpowering when you couple it with white trim or accessories.

5. Burnt Orange

While tangerine is brighter, burnt orange is more rustic. It’s a sophisticated color that’s still earthy.

It’s also versatile. Burnt orange works in kitchens, dens, family rooms, home offices, and bedrooms.

6. Caramel

Caramel is rich and dreamy, which makes it perfect for a bedroom. It’s also a perfect color for a kitchen since it’s easy to match to natural stone countertops and tile flooring.

7. Garnet

If you were intrigued by our scarlet suggestion, let’s get a little bolder with garnet.

Garnet is much deeper and richer than scarlet. You can keep it “lighter” by keeping trim and accessories stark white.

It also has a regal or luxurious feel to it, which is perfect for modernist homes in the Triangle.

8. Terracotta

Terracotta is your quintessential autumn color. But, despite this, it really will work all year long.

Used in a family room or den, it exudes a warm and cozy feeling. It’s also perfect for bedrooms. If it starts to feel a little dull, you can hang an oversize art piece to break it up.

9. Olive

Like terracotta, olive is another classic warm paint color for fall. Not everyone is a fan of this shade of green, and it’s understandable.

But, if done right — like in a kitchen or bathroom — olive can complement other neutrals. When in doubt? Go with white accents and trim!

10. Chocolate

Nothing is cozier or warmer than chocolate. That’s why it’s one of the most popular choices for autumn. It also transitions well into the winter season.

If you’re concerned beyond the winter months, you can brighten up your chocolate space with the decor, wall art, and accessories.

Remember peacock? It’s gorgeous with chocolate.

Still Hesitant on These Warm Paint Colors?

Making a change from whites and grays to warm paint colors can be intimidating at times. If you’re not sure how these will look on your walls, contact a professional painting company.

These pros will help guide you in the best colors to select, depending on what rooms you’re painting and how the lighting will affect it.

At A Touch of Color Painting, we’re detail-oriented in both our presentation and delivery. Learn more about our indoor painting services by visiting our interior page.

Contact us for a free quote today and let us show you why we’re the painting contractor you can trust in the Triangle.