Adding seasonal elements to interiors makes homes feel more in touch with nature, offering an organic connection to the outdoors. While colours play an important roles in decorating for the season, other elements come into play as well. The most effective autumn décor will capture the mood of the season. Here are some useful tips for bringing the feeling of autumn into your home.
Set the Mood
While spring is a time for renewed energy, autumn is associated with rest, relaxation and reflection. Furnishings that provide a sense of self-indulgence, pampering and luxury can establish an autumn mood. Choose rich textures in fabrics – velour, velvet, velveteen, silk – and materials with depth, sheen, and textured finishes – metals like gold, brass and copper are especially effective in fall.
Colour It Rich
Decorators and designers often recommend bright colours for fall, such as yellow, orange and red. While these bright tones do occur naturally in autumn, remember that outside, the effect of those bright colours are muted by the natural elements around them. In a home, clear bright shocks of colour can be overwhelming for many decorative styles. Instead, choose deep, rich, saturated shades.
A simple and effective way to bring the autumn season into a home is to decorate with fall leaves and flowers. It’s hard to beat the impact of masses of vibrant colour displayed in a vase or bowl. For a longer-lasting display, consider branches of autumn-coloured silk leaves. Natural fall leaves and flowers are perfect for autumn entertaining. Group them for centerpieces or artfully scatter them down the center of the table for an effective display.
Focus on Fall
When it’s not feasible to redecorate an entire home for the season, create fall focal points throughout the home. It’s easy to establish an autumn vignette by arranging a throw blanket over the arm of chair, adding a jewel-toned cushion, and setting a bowl of pine cones on a nearby table. Changing the linens to fall patterns and colours adds a reflective mood to bedrooms. Add a fall wreath to the front door, leaf-patterned draperies to a window, or a set of gold-painted plates to a mantelpiece – a few simple touches can add up to a big impact when it comes to decorating a home for autumn.