With the tree leaves turning colors and the mums popping up around town, now is the time to bring the enjoyment of Autumn into your home.
“There are some very simple things you can do to embrace Autumn in your home decor. The easiest thing to do is – accessorize!“ said Alexandra Fernandez, owner of ALX Interiors.
When accessorizing your home for any holiday the main rule of thumb is: placement, proportion and balance.
Here are some tips from ALX Interiors:
- Instead of scattering lots of items here and there throughout your home try and create groupings. For example, you can group different sized and shaped pumpkins or candlesticks of different heights. Even picture frames should be grouped together with the smaller frames in front and the larger ones in the back. The groupings should be between 3 and 5 similar items. Any more than that will make it look cluttered.
- Don’t be afraid of color, especially during autumn. Autumn is all about color: bright to burnt oranges, yellows, golds, olive greens, and purples. Try this – if you have a long credenza or buffet drape a colorful table runner to place your accessories. To keep balance, use taller groupings on the ends and a lower piece in the middle. You can also do the opposite by making the center the taller area.
- Use items you already have in your home to decorate. Different height cake stands covered with doilies are creative ways to use items you already have in the home in a non-traditional way. Simply use the cake stands to elevate and display colorfully painted or carved pumpkins.
- Want contemporary? Stick with those steady colors. If you want a more trendy and contemporary look, incorporate a black and white theme into your home. Paint black and white harlequin or striped patterns on different sized pumpkins. Then add to the group a few smaller pumpkins, painted solid black or solid white, and throw in some bright yellow or deep purples in the form of candlesticks or flowers.
Alexandra Fernandez, an award winning designer, has 25 years of industry experience, and is an allied member of the American Society of Interior Design.