Space of the Week: This Dining Room's Fall Makeover Will Inspire You to Paint

This paint color channels cozy autumn vibes.

When Drew Scott of Lone Fox moved into his current Los Angeles rental, he decided to give the impersonal space some personality. By painting the wall behind the dining table a deep shade of navy and filling in the alcove with shelves for a faux built-in effect, the blank canvas became a cozy backdrop for intimate dinners. This fall, Scott gave the space a seasonal makeover with an unexpected paint color that now has us itching to pick up a paintbrush. Let this room refresh inspire your own home's autumn update.

Drew Scott, Dining Room Before with white walls
Drew Scott / Lone Fox Home

Don't be afraid to paint (and repaint)

In his YouTube video detailing the fall makeover, Scott assures us that paint is one of the easiest ways to transform a room—and it's fairly easy to fix if you end up regretting your color choice. "I try to remind myself that you can easily repaint," says Scott. Especially if you're just painting an accent wall, the stakes are pretty low—it will only cost you one gallon of paint and about an hour of your time.

"Whether you have furniture in the space or plan on redecorating, it's important to know if the space will be filled with warm or cool tones. If warm, you will want whites with a warm undertone (pink, orange, red). If cool, you will want a white with a purple, blue, or green undertone," he explains. In the dining room, he knew that warm tones would cozy up the space.

"I had a few colors in mind, and decided to go outside of my comfort zone," says Scott. "I picked Copper Kettle by Benjamin Moore. It gave all the fall feels and was a source of inspiration for the rest of the design. While I was painting the color over the navy, I was regretting it completely, but it ended up working out!"

Living room with brown accent wall and dining table
Drew Scott / Lone Fox Home

A (Subtle) Nod to the Season

"I like going to the pumpkin patch or even grocery stores and getting pumpkins to add throughout my home. My local Target or HomeGoods always has such cute fall/Halloween decor," Scott says. "If you're not a huge fan of traditional seasonal decor, incorporate more wood tones and rustic elements," he recommends as an alternative.

Finally, don't forget to consider all the senses. "I also love buying new candles for every season and fall scents just happen to be my favorite!" Introduce textures through woven textiles, scents with candles, and even a fall-themed playlist to set the right tone.

Get the Look

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Copper Kettle by Benjamin Moore

brown paint color with yellow undertone
Benjamin Moore

A rustic brown with a hint of yellow, this paint color reflects a growing trend toward warmer paint colors. As rich browns and beiges make a comeback, consider incorporating these hues in small ways that are easy to reverse when you're ready for a change.

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Wooden Pumpkins

Wooden Pumpkin
Crate & Barrel

For fall decor that you can reuse season after season, invest in a set of carved wooden pumpkins. Arrange them on the dining table, a side table, or the living room bookshelves.

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Seno Dining Table

Wooden dining table

Taking small spaces into consideration, Article offers their classic dining table in two size—one fits six seats, the other up to eight. Constructed of solid oak and available in walnut or oak stain, this sturdy dining table is designed to last.

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Rus Dining Chair

Black dining chair

With a simplistic design inspired by Shaker-style furniture, this versatile chair would look at home in almost any dining room. The curved backrest is equal parts elegant and comfortable.

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Chesney Striped Table Runner

Gray Striped Table Runner
Crate & Barrel

Even if you're not planning a dinner party anytime soon, a textured linen table runner and an arrangement of vintage candlestick holders will make the dining room look warm and inviting.

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