The Votes Are In: This Is Your Favorite Color for Fall

Our Color Vs. Color contest has come to a close. Did your favorite win?

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Earlier this month, we asked you to take part in a battle of the hues called Color Vs. Color. Three weeks and nearly 10,000 votes later, it's time to declare a winner.

In case you missed our ultimate color showdown, let me catch you up. Inspired by trends in home decor and fashion, my fellow editors and I worked together to choose 12 shades we adore for fall. After that, it was up to you to decide the top color of the season. The results are in, and we’re ready to unveil your favorite hue.

But first, let's take a look back at our color contenders:

Photo by: shannonlpetrie


There was a little something for everyone in our picks, from versatile neutrals (cocoa powder, slate) to bold accents (cayenne, candy apple). Overall, we tried to pick hues evoking the things we love about fall, from brilliantly colored foliage to warm, comforting foods.

We tallied your votes, and your favorite color of the season is...

Soft Sage

Similar to our spring Color Vs. Color winner — powder blue — soft sage (Sherwin-Williams SW 6456 Slow Green) is a great alternative neutral if white, gray or beige isn't your thing. This delicate green works well with a wide range of decorating styles, wood tones and metal finishes. Take this cottage-style kitchen, for example, where it adds a subtle touch of color without overpowering the space.

Sold on sage green? Flip through the gallery below to find even more ways to use it in your home.

Soft Sage: The Subtle Green That Works as a Neutral

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Soft Sage Green Color Palette

This delicate green is a great alternative to more typical neutrals, working well with a wide range of decorating styles, accent colors, wood tones and metal finishes. In this kitchen, it complements warm wood shutters and barstools and a green floral wallpaper.

Restful Bedroom

The soft, grayish-green color of sage leaves is an ideal choice when designing a bedroom. In this space, muted green fabric spilling from a valance above the bed creates a soothing backdrop for slumber.

A Hint of Color

Soft sage is the perfect solution if you want to add a touch of color to your walls without overpowering the space. In this living room, sage walls enhance the cool color palette without taking attention away from the elegant fireplace.

Cabinet Alternative

If you’re looking for something different than the typical white or gray kitchen cabinets, consider soft sage. The subtle hint of color looks great with wood tones, stainless steel and various types of stone.

Photo By: Erin Williamson

Bright and Inviting

Paired with crisp white linens and muted green and blue throw pillows, this sage-colored bedroom looks bright and fresh. A black four-poster bed adds eye-catching contrast to the space.

Earthy Hues

When mixed with tans, browns and blacks, sage green takes on a darker, earthier tone. This bedroom's wall color was inspired by the home's surrounding desert vegetation.

A Bold Approach

Sage green looks gorgeous with other soothing tones, such as muted blues and earthy browns. But for a bolder look, try pairing sage with a brighter hue. Here, yellow and black barstools add a splash of color to an otherwise neutral kitchen.

Gallery Wall Backdrop

A soft, sage green paint color is the perfect backdrop for a gallery wall. As seen in this hallway, it lets the artwork serve as the focal point, yet it also brings out some of the colors in the paintings.

From: Tom Helme

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Craftsman Complement

Sage green is a perfect color choice for Craftsman architecture, accentuating the style's other natural elements. On this home exterior, sage board and batten siding pairs beautifully with stone and wood accents.

Warm Contemporary

Sage green can also add warmth to a more contemporary space. With its stainless steel hardware and sleek cabinetry, this kitchen could look too stark, but a sage green backsplash, celery green barstools and a reclaimed wood island make it feel inviting.

Coastal Cool

Inspired by the nearby ocean, shades of sage green, tan, blue and white help this living room feel connected with its surroundings.

Spa-Like Space

Want to create a soothing, spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom? Soft sage walls are a great starting point. Here, they create a serene backdrop for a freestanding soaking tub and a large island.

Seasonal Swaps

Not just for fall, sage green can complement your decor all year long. Here, a soft green wall is accented with pinecones, berries and branches for a fall-inspired vignette. Come spring, the color will look great with fresh flowers in pinks and purples.

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Fall Tablescape

Buck the trend of pumpkin and chocolate brown this fall and try on a more unique palette. Shades of sage, forest green, gray and cranberry red add warmth and richness to this outdoor fall tablescape.

Spring-Ready Bedroom

Traditional spring colors, like hot pink and lavender, add contrast against sage green throw pillows and window treatments in this bedroom. This complementary color scheme will feel fresh all year long.

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