Autumn Makeover for Your Home

By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; Chair Holder CMG

The last days of late summer are winding down and the vibrant colors of the leaves herald autumn. There’s always a bit of wistfulness as we move closer to the winter months, but with a sigh at the inevitable, we resign ourselves to the loss of summer. How better to comfort ourselves than by giving our home an autumn makeover? Take a look at some of these design ideas:

Decorating ideas for autumnThe cooler temps are just the invitation needed to “texturize” your interior design. Start with your floors. We love our hard surface flooring, but adding highly textured area rugs adds warmth, style, color and comfort. You can layer rugs (for example, I have a sisal area rug in my family room year-round. For fall, I add a thick, woven rug in fall colors in a smaller size and leave the sisal as a border). Area rugs can change the entire ambience of a room, and this is a great way to bring the colors of fall into your home without major expense.

If your sofas have loose seat cushions, consider a highly-textured fabric slip cover to bring a dual-fabric look to your seating. Get a little crazy if you want and choose a hounds-tooth pattern, or a hefty chenille fabric for the seat cushions only. You have just re-designed your sofas at very little expense.

Autumn decorating accessoriesAccessories count! Change up your accessories and you will be shocked at how this makeover can transform your home. Lanterns with flickering candles (buy the battery operated ones that can be set on timers) add hominess to your rooms. Group a variety of sizes and finishes to use on a table or on your hearth and enjoy the soft cozy lighting they add to your room.

Pillows and throws are another effective way to bring the new season into your home. Remember the key focus of design right now is texture and more texture. Find fabrics that complement each other and use them to bring an element of surprise to your design (satin, tweed, and velvet all on one sofa).

Your home is already a treasure trove of accessories. My clients are always amazed at what I can do with what they already have. Grouping accessories differently, moving them from one room to another, adding unique lampshades to existing lamp bases, creating a floral centerpiece (using your own vase) in seasonal colors, all of these ideas are making use of what you have, but freshening things up.

If there is one fail-proof way to ward off the blues as we leave summer behind, this is it! Give homebase the loving make-over it deserves. “Autumizing” and “texturizing” your home are exactly the fun projects you need to lift your spirits and carry you through the change of seasons. Enjoy the journey.

CMG Color Forecast—Flooring Report Card

CMG Color Forecast—Flooring Report Card
by Annette Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

What good are color projections if they don’t materialize? A vice president of my company recently asked, “What do you CMG people do? Sit in a top-secret room and use a crystal ball to predict colors?” Amusing—NOT. More like a year’s work of regional research to detect shifts and directions in colors. These regional Color Marketing Group ChromaZone meetings culminate in the yearly Summit Meeting of CMG members where all of the information gathered regionally is synthesized and channeled into the final (two-year future) forecast.

So how are we doing based on the color projections I reported to you early this year? Let’s take a look at real-life flooring products and see how we did so far for 2015.

Omega area rug


The Omega area rug available through the Home Decorators Collection hit on color harmonies that used most of the warm colors featured in the 2015-2016 forecast. This is a great example of how the projected colors work well together. Notice the gold colored block is a darker shade of the goldenrod color in the CMG color fan above. Utilizing shades (darker) and tints (lighter) of the base colors gives the palette more range.

Shaw berber Caresse carpet in Mountain Haze


Shaw’s berber construction Caresse carpet in color Mountain Haze picked up the dark purple forecast color. This color was most watched because it was such a deep, saturated hue. No problem, it translated to soft surfaces beautifully.

Esmer Imagine tile


Emser Tile created a fantasy tile that hit the projected blues quite well. This tile to the left is a glass, stone, metal blend called Imagine.

Daltile elemental glass cornflower mosaic


Missing above was one color—the electric blue, which I could not find in the Emser line, but see product to the right, as Daltile picked up the color in their Elemental Glass Cornflower Mosaic.

Amtico luxury vinyl tile


Luxury vinyl tile embraced the new palette with the Amtico Abstract Spectrum collection. Here is a compilation of the colors offered in that collection. See how many of them you can match up to the CMG forecast fan.

Mannington commercial rubber flooring Tic Toc


Mannington Mills has a varied collection of commercial-grade rubber floors. No doubt, the bright pink in the color line-up above was one that was not expected to appear until 2016. But Mannington has already incorporated it into their style “Tic Toc”. Well done. Visit on-line to see the full color range and once again, you will find parallels in the rubber flooring category to most of the forecast colors. (

Casablanca area rug


In conclusion, the handful of colors reported by CMG not singled out for discussion above, ALL came to life in this artistic Casablanca area rug. Who knew that every one of the projected colors could be woven together to produce a masterpiece like this?

Just in case you think manufacturing USA isn’t watching us closely at CMG, we have proof positive that they not only send representatives of their companies to participate in CMG, they wait for our predictions and count on them to create the fresh, colorful products coming your way. Floor coverings and color marketing work hand-in-hand.