When fall rolls around, we see the colors begin to change in both the foliage and the color schemes of our interior design. Our interior designers love decorating for fall, and highly encourage homeowners and renters to do the same. Not only does it allow everyone living in the space to get more involved in the spirit of the changing season and approaching holidays, but it feels more welcoming for guests as well.
However, being an interior design firm, our designers do have a few tips to decorating for the fall holiday months. Your place should be festive and seasonal, but not gaudy or over the top. Here are some better options than the traditional tacky decor.
Start by swapping out the louder colors of summer for something a bit more moody and neutralized. Earthy tones paired with burnt orange, burgundy, and deep greens all evoke a comforting fall ambiance that mirrors the changing season outside. Instead of a modern color scheme with bright pops of color, the ideal color scheme is much more subdued and veers toward warmth and earthiness.
You can incorporate these colors into your space through the addition of plush throw blankets, strewn over couches or chairs, as well as new accent pillows. Look through your decor, like vases, sculptures, books, or artwork, and see if any of these pieces stray too far from your new fall color scheme or simply do not mix well. You can shelve these for the fall and winter months and bring them back out in the spring, but try to find a couple new pieces to replace them with for the next several months. You can go to a thrift shop and find vases and other decorative objects in any shade, so there will likely be opportunity to add in some fresh fall pieces.
Don’t underestimate candles! Candles, aside from being fragrant, will also completely change the mood of your room. Lit candles will inspire that comfortable fall feeling and bring some simple joy to your room. The smells of the season will also inspire.
When it comes to decorating for Halloween or Thanksgiving, we highly suggest straying from cartoon-like, over embellished pieces. If something has a face on it, leave it on the shelf. Instead, choose pieces more ‘inspired by’ the holiday than directly and obviously throwing it at you. For instance, a subtle white pumpkin will work with your color palette better than an orange bedazzled jack-o-lantern would, and it does not solely scream Halloween like the jack-o-lantern would. November 1st you’d be removing that, but the white pumpkin has staying power.