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.

Reader Question – Area Rugs

2572858608_98c1f78015_mQuestion:I am getting my apartment painted and want to redecorate a little but don’t have a large amount of $$$$. My question is the area rug should you make sure it matches the furniture or the wall color?
Answer: The area rug needs to have a color in the rug that coordinates with the wall color. Matching is hardly ever necessary in decorating – it just needs to blend. The color in the area rug needs to be the same family of color, not necessarily the exact shade or a complimentary color like in the picture above.

This question arose from yesterdays post: 10 Quick ways to decorate and update your home