By Andrea Evans
It can be tricky transitioning your home from summer to fall. Summer colors are bright with blue and white taking the helm; come fall, your home’s décor should be warmer and deeper to compliment the crisp weather outside.
1.) When decorating for fall, be sure take advantage of all of the colors on the fall palette: deep reds, warm browns, pale mauves, vibrant purples, and the more traditional orange and yellow shades of pumpkins and fall vegetables.
2.) To bring charm to your entryway add golden, red, and orange maple leaves to a plain wheat wreath for your front door and plant red and orange mums in outdoor planters.
3.) Set your table and spruce up your kitchen. Use placemats, table runners, and tablecloths in rich shades of the fall palette. This provides an instant glow to your table and is an inexpensive way to decorate your dining room. Create a centerpiece out of small pumpkins, Indian corn gourds, maple leaves, dried flowers, berries and seed pods. Hang berry rings on kitchen cabinets, place a basket of apples on a countertop, and embellish empty spaces with berry vines and candy corn dishes.
4.) Use strategic fall accessories to bring elegance to each room. Place autumn berry vines in the window sills, and autumn colored throw pillows and blankets on the couch. Colorful candles, simple pictures, and wooden pumpkins give your living space a charming feel.
5.) Look for furniture pieces that are neutral and warm in color and fabric. Gold, brown, and mocha couches work especially well for the fall season. To create a warm, cozy feel, decorate with a few wooden furniture accents that complement the couch such as a coffee table and end tables. Only use three or four pieces in your living area to avoid clutter.
6.) Don’t forget candles! Carve out the center of fruits and vegetables such as apples and pumpkins to create votive holders, and use larger pumpkins for pillar candle holders. Even when not lit candles bring warmth and beauty in their season’s colors.
7.) Tuck small pumpkins, Indian corn, and apples into corners of vanities in the bathrooms and bedside tables. Throw in a few amber colored votives for a warm feel.
8.) Tie your fall décor together by making your home smell like fall. Boil three cups of water, and reduce to a simmer. Add four cinnamon sticks, one teaspoon vanilla extract, two teaspoons of ground cinnamon, half a teaspoon of nutmeg and slices of oranges and apples. Allow to steep for thirty minutes, remove from heat, and let the fragrance fill the air!
Interior Design guru, Andrea Evans, has great tips on how to give your home that cozy autumn look easily! She is an expert Interior Designer and Owner of the vintage home decor shop InThePinkBoutique.com .
This article first appeared in the Fall Issue of WE Magazine for Women. You can read the PDF version here:http://www.staging.wemagazineforwomen.com/pdfs/WEMagFall2010.pdf or the FLIP version here:http://rsszine.com/samples/WEMagFall2010/
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