Remember how good it felt as summer approached and we opened the windows to enjoy the fresh air and the sheer curtains fluttered in the warm breeze. We changed the décor to lighter fabrics, softer colors and those little touches that brought summer into our living space. Fall arrives and, just like that, our beautiful, airy home begins to look as tired as the last rose of summer. Now we need warm and cozy, and we feel the need to surround ourselves with the verve that this most colorful of seasons brings.
Small changes in accessories and colors can make a huge difference. Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate fall in our homes!
Throw Pillows and Throws
Fabrics are really important in changing the ambiance of a room from summery to autumnal. You’ll want to use chunky knits, plush velvets, weaves and the like. Also, include bold patterns, such as plaids, stripes or geometric shapes, in warm oranges, reds and deep yellows. A plain sofa provides the perfect background for your seasonal décor. A handwoven throw gives it warmth and texture; bright-colored pillows turn it into a statement. For an additional touch, and one your guests are sure to remember, have oversized floor pillows around for a relaxed and inviting look.
Layer Area Rugs
We can’t change our carpeting seasonally, but we can add texture and color by mixing and matching area rugs in the bold fall colors or the more subtle earth tones. Your room will immediately feel warmer, richer and bolder. And speaking of warm, an extra added benefit of rug layering is that the enhanced cushioning on your floor feels wonderful on your feet and keeps them toasty.
As summer fades away, it’s time to retire the mixes of soft pink garden roses, peonies and sweet peas. Same with beach themes, those greenish-blue succulents in clear containers set among white sand and rocks. Just look at them against the riot of color outside your windows and you know that they are so over. Nature has done a fabulous job of decorating the world in the fall. All we have to do is follow along with mums, pansies and orange roses, for instance, in burnt oranges, bronzes, golds, and deep reds or purples.
Crabapple branches add an unexpected elegance—by themselves or in an arrangement. The fruit ranges from green to scarlet, so you can place them around the house and yet have no two alike. Silver collar eucalyptus branches are highly decorative, for their heart-shaped silvery-green leaves, the maneuverability of its stems and, most of all, the fresh fragrance that fills the room without overpowering it.
An easy way to make each stain seasonal is to place small pumpkins or pine cones. Use them raw or cut designs into the pumpkins.
Night comes earlier in the fall, and candles add a warm glow to any room. It’s mesmerizing to watch the flickering candlelight dance over the oranges, reds and golden yellows of our fall décor. Not only mesmerizing, not only season appropriate, but also a soothing experience after a stressful or anxious day. With all the sizes and shapes that candles come in today, create for yourself an imaginative arrangement: big and small, round and square. Be sure to also try out different scents, such as pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, ginger, wood fire and there is even a fall night.
I hope you already have a gallery wall, because it is one of the most stylish ways to adorn your living space and, often, the one that represents best who you are. There is the wall art that speaks to you shown off by...well, whatever appeals to you: books, plants, mirrors. We have spoken about the gallery wall in another blog. No need to go through it all again.
One of the benefits of the gallery wall is that you can change seasons easily. There is no need to start from square one. Let’s say you have Lana KK’s Island Dunes, Stones Blue and Holiday Dream on display for the summer. When fall comes, you need only switch those works without touching one other element. Deciduous forest, Forest Creek and Bed of Roses Orange are striking representations of fall.
If you want to make a more subtle statement, you can try works that have less of a concentration of fall colors while picking up the keynotes of your décor as seen, say, in your layered rugs or throw pillows. Impression Rock Orange, Sweety and Spices are favorites in fall wall art.
If you want to have some fun, among the items on your gallery wall, place an unobtrusive silhouette of a black cat or the faint likeness of a ghost. It’s also great fun for your guests who notice them.