Color Crush | Rust

Styling Gypsy Interior Design inspiration flatlay for a rust color palette

It’s October and fall is officially here. Hasn’t this been both the slowest and fastest moving year ever? On one hand, the year was such a bust it feels like summer swept in and then up and left us with no warning. On the other, the cooler temps and crisp air has me ready to move on and embrace those extra layers and all of the warm, earthy colors this beautiful season brings. We have to find the good somewhere right?

Warmer color palettes have been making their way into home design for some time now. While I hate to use the word trend – because any “trend” can have staying power if it’s balanced properly – there seems to be a definite shift away from stark whites and cool grays towards warmer neutrals and moody, muted earth-tones. Think creamy whites, earthy taupes and greiges, muted greens and one of my current favorites, rust.

Rust, terracotta, burnt orange, copper or whatever else you want to call this gorgeous hue is a perfect color if you’re looking to add that fall feel to your home. Rust is stunning and rich as a wall color, after all Sherwin Williams named Cavern Clay its Color of the Year last year, but I think it really shines as an accent. It pairs beautifully with both cool and warm-toned neutrals and, of course, one of my other color favorites, dusty blue. I used it with my very first clients to complement a moody blue color scheme in a den. And rust accents were the subtle star of our yet to be fully revealed, #stylinggypsypartdeux project, proving a little touch here and there can really go a long way.

Styling Gypsy Interior Design bright and airy living room design featuring cream paint, gray swivel chairs, rust pillows, natural stone fireplace, warm wood coffee table, rustic terracotta urn with branches, rattan tray, copper decor and thoughtful accessories.
A sneak peek of our #stylinggypsypartdeux project, where rust hues, textured terracottas and copper accents beautifully balance cool grays and neutral walls in a bright and airy family room.


If you’re craving that fall feeling inside your home or looking to add warmth to a cool color scheme, introducing some rust-colored elements into your home decor can be a beautiful addition. Below I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite rust finds, many from makers I’ve personally used and some products that I’ve incorporated into client projects. And if this earthy hue isn’t really your thing, warm, distressed leathers and wood tones can achieve the same effect. Want something less permanent? There are always so many beautiful finds in nature this time of year with pumpkins, gourds and branches with changing leaves, all of which add that warm, cozy fall feeling. Happy decorating!

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