{small changes for fall decorating}


Take a look around and you will see that summer flip-flops and tank tops have been stored away in favor of fall boots and sweaters. And just as fashion changes with each season, so does design. The light colors and fabrics of summer don’t necessarily translate into fall décor, but don’t think you have to spend a lot of money to get your home ready for the upcoming season.

 

House Beautiful

 

Kathy Basil from Hirshfield’s Design Resource is here with some decorating tips to help you embrace fall in your home:

  • Bring the outside in: If you like to decorate your home with flowers (either fresh or artificial), make sure they are in keeping with the season. For fall, that means bringing in hearty mums or chrysanthemums. Dried grasses and leaves can add a nice finishing touch to the arrangement. You could even nix the flowers and just go with a variety of pumpkins and gourds.
  • Throw in some warmth: Time to bring out the throw blankets to ward of those chilly evenings. Keep your toes warm too by swapping out your lightweight rugs in favor of warm, textured ones. You can even layer rugs to bring in more texture and color. Throw pillows are another easy swap – accessorize your furniture with rich brown, red, gold and orange pillows.
  • Scents of the season: There are certain scents that just scream “fall” in Minnesota. I’m not talking about the scents of the ocean or fresh linen; I’m talking about the warm scents of spices and the earthy scents of nature. Adding candles in these scents will infuse your whole house with the season.

Kathy also shares with us some of the trends to look out for and incorporate into your fall design:

  • Go a little wild with a leather, fur or hair-on-hide rug
  • Freshen up your walls with wall coverings. We’ve said it before, wallpaper is making a comeback, as are natural elements like grasscloth and bamboo.
  • Keep your look clean, yet bold, with chevron and Ikat patterns.

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