fall design tips
as the cooler weather approaches, thoughts run to to snuggling inside with thick warm fuzzy throws and big pillows. out go the pastels and in come rich jewel tones in all sorts of textures, velvets, ultra suedes, cable knits, cashmere and fur. how far you wish to take the theme is up to you, but the following are a few quick decorating tips to transition your home from spring into a warm and cozy fall/winter haven.
accent pillows change out the light pastels in linen and cotton ... add rich burgundies, forest greens, and golds in textured fabrics like velvet and ultra suede, as well as rich tapestries with fringe trim and embellishments.
throws out with the lightweight and light colors — in with richer jewel tones. imagine wrapping yourself up in thick cashmere or soft fleece — perhaps a faux fur throw — and sitting with a cup of hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire. you've got candles lit and a great book to read. doesn't that make you want to stay inside?
rugs swap out the lighter natural sisal area rugs for heavier oriental or wool rugs in deeper, richer tones...immediately the room is transformed. fall is the time to consider adding a thick rich pile underfoot - isn't that so much better than stepping on a cold, bare floor?
exterior accents for fall updating your front entrance planters for fall with colorful mums in purple, orange, yellow and burgundy is the perfect accent as we head into the colder weather. deeper into the winter season consider adding greenery such as evergreen, cypress and pepperberries — all add a festive air to your entrance.
keep a light on candles, candles everywhere — their glow brings instant ambience and warmth to any space.
mood lighting add dimmers to ALL your lighting. the deeper, richer pallete of fall and winter includes lowering the intensity of the lighting in your space.
your collections we all have them — be it pottery, books or artwork. rotate what is on display, put away your milk glass vases, and pull out your collectibles (such as pottery) in earthy, rich tones. also consider putting out your family vacation photos of past ski trips, and storing your photos from the beach. these images are sure to invoke the wonderful spirit of fall and winter.