Country Colors for Fall 2016

September 8th, 2016 Country Color

A few months ago, we shared with you a look at 2016’s spring color trends.

It came from the Pantone Color Institute, the world’s leading color experts. And while spring’s color trends were more lively, fall seems to be taking a slightly more muted approach.

This makes sense. Spring makes us think of life in bloom. The air is warming, things are growing. Fall is cooler and quieter, a time where we prepare to nest and look forward to sunnier weather.

“The desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism have inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the Blue family,” writes Leatrice Eiseman, the institute’s executive director.


“Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections. Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades.”

This fall’s color trends seem inspired by the changing leaves and the skies above. As Eiseman writes:

“Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot pinkish purples and spicy mustard yellows suggest a touch of the exotic.”

Here are Pantone’s top 10 colors for the fall of 2016:


  1. Riverside starts us off, meant to underscore the important role blue plays in the palette. Pantone says it’s a shade of blue meant to be cool and calming. It “borders on exciting” while maintaining a “sense of constancy.”

  2. As its name suggests, Airy Blue “evokes feelings of lightness and freedom.” It’s a shade meant for designers in search of a sense of weightlessness.

  3. Greys pair well with the rest of the palette and Sharkskin is no exception. Pantone says this color has an edge while still managing to stay neutral, showcasing “practicality through a dependable but contemporary lens.”

  4. The glow of the bonfire comes to life through Aurora Red, providing “a welcome punch” to the more stable colors in fall’s palette. Pantone says it’s a “bold red that is warm, sensual and immediately pleasing to the eye.”

  5. Warm Taupe, like Sharkskin, pairs well with its sister colors on this list. It’s “trusted, organic and grounded,” Pantone says, suggesting a feeling of stability.

  6. There’s no reason to avoid traditionally spring-like pinkish hues just because it’s fall. You’ll find a rose-tinted pink in Dusty Cedar, which Pantone says “exudes warmth and welcome.”

  7. Don’t just think of fall as a time of crisp dry leaves. The green hue of Lush Meadow “brings to mind fresh botanicals and foliage.”

  8. You’ll find a “spicier, zestier yellow than previous seasons” in Spicy Mustard which “comes through in both the abstract and geometric accents that designers employed.”

  9. Like the substance for which it’s named, the dark orange Potter’s Clay offers a strong foundation without feeling flat.

  10. We end our list with Bodacious, a vibrant purple shade that contains hints of a “more sophisticated pink.” Pantone describes this as a versatile color that can be used with pinks as well as reds.

The great thing about country décor is that it makes room for all these colors. More muted shades can be found in primitive country décor, while farmhouse décor thrives on the brighter shades we’ve listed.

Visit Piper Classics today, and we’re sure we’ll find colors, styles and objects to fit your space, whether you’re embracing the start of fall or counting the days to spring’s return.