On Friday I rented a car with my fiance and headed north of the city to explore and breathe. The longest I have ever gone in New York without stepping foot outside of the city was four months, and my head nearly exploded. It's healthy to get out and see some greenery, or at this time of year, a million colors. We drove up the Henry Hudson Parkway, then onto the Saw Mill River Parkway to Terrytown and Sleepy Hollow. The roads were absolutely vibrant and bursting with color! (Sidenote: if you are renting a car last minute, I highly recommend Courier Car Rental, which is cheaper than last-minute rentals and super easy to use. Located on 37th between 9th and 10th Ave. http://www.ccrentalnyc.com/) Back to the color... I love fall. It's my favorite season, primarily for the trees, but also for the wonderful temperatures and upcoming holidays. But really, it's the trees. We arrived at the Sleepy Hollow cemetery as planned, where I proceeded to snap about 400 pictures with my Iphone. I have attached some below.
After perusing Washington Irving's grave and unsuccessfully trying to spot the Headless Horseman, all I could think about was color. Sometimes I wish I had the energy to change paint colors in my apartment every season in order to fully capture my mood. A couple colors I would suggest for autumn are:
Benjamin Moore: Classic Color #181, "Pan For Gold." Could look great on a refurbished dresser in a fairly neutral, warmly toned room.
Benjamin Moore: "Rumba Orange" would make a great accent wall with a warm gray.
Pratt and Lambert (http://www.prattandlambert.com/prattapp/color_visualizer/): "Our Classic" is a great rich red that would look wonderful in a hallway filled with black and white framed artwork.
Pratt and Lambert: "Deluxe" would spice up a small bedroom with lots of light and wooden accents.
These are just a few ideas of fall colors to brighten your home. They can be used on trim, furniture (after sanding of course!), or most dramatically, walls. The colors themselves are lovely, but the contrast against dark bark and leftover green is what makes them pop. Keep this in mind when picking color schemes for your home. Here's a few more pictures for inspiration:
Enjoy the season, and by all means drive out of the city at your next chance. The colors are quickly changing and asking to be enjoyed!