If you asked most interior decorators what their favorite season is, I’d bet the majority would instantly respond, “Autumn!” This is because we decorators are in love with color and there is no season more rich in color than Autumn; the lustrous golds, chocolate browns, deep reds and burnt oranges are perfect for creating a warm and inviting living space.
If you are ready to welcome in the new season, we have tips for making your home exude the very essence of Autumn’s glory. Whether you love to entertain, or enjoy sitting by the fireside, tucked away from the evening’s chill, we hope these photos and ideas will inspire you.
Harness Nature’s Bounty. Visit your local Farmer’s Market and bring nature’s bounty into your home. Potted Chrysanthemums, Mums, and Zinnias can be placed around your patio, dining room, and end tables. If you have children, take them to a pumpkin patch where they can select their own pumpkins for decorating (more on that later). Many farmers often have summer squash they have let turn into gourds, which you can hand select fordining room centerpieces.
Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Everywhere. So often we envision pumpkins in their natural form, or carved for Halloween. However, you can use pumpkins in wreaths, piled up in vases, or serving as a visual reminder of the Pumpkin Pie that is yet to come.
Autumnal Accents. If you are a serial decorator, painting an accent wall isn’t too much to ask. In that case, we recommend painting a wall in your living room or dining room a nice, autumnal orange or gold. If those are too bright for your taste, you might prefer a chocolate brown. A fall colored accent wall will be a perfect backdrop for the rest of your autumn-themed decor.
If painting a wall is too extreme, consider slipcovers and accent rugs that can be brought out for the season and then put away again when you are ready for something different.
Harvest Corn. Next to pumpkins and squashes, corn has long been a staple of the autumn harvest. There are a variety of ways you can use dried ears of corn to decorate your home. Using raffia, florist wire, and a few dozen dried ears of corn, you can create a beautiful garland for your front porch or to frame your dining room entry. Tie groupings of colorful corntogether to hang from cabinetry or your door knocker. You can fill clear jars with colorful corn kernels and set them on shelves or as part of a centerpiece.
Floral Arrangements. There is a floral arrangement for every season, and autumn is no exception. Take long walks with your family and collect colorful leaves from maples and other trees that are starting to change colors and drop their leaves. Or, you can order colorful leaves from your florist. A small metal tub can house leaves, dried grasses, and other seasonal foliage and flora.
Decorate Your Pumpkins. Everyone knows how to carve a pumpkin, but there are numerous other methods for seasonal pumpkin decoration. For example, there are plenty of no-carve pumpkin ideas, and they only require some paint and a little imagination. Some of them are downright Boo-tiful(sorry, we couldn’t resist!). Even wrapping your pumpkins in a sheer fabric or lace is a elegant way to dress them up.
What are your favorite tips and suggestions for welcoming autumn? Please let us know. We would love to hear them.