During autumn, temperatures fall and the days shorten, bringing the need to be safely at home before nightfall. Maybe this is why we associate the coming of the season with more family time. As with the summer, our homes should change to reflect our lifestyles during this season. Wool clothing, rugs, and upholstery keep us warm, as do sweater-knit throws. In more traditional homes, dark or muted colors like aubergine or persimmon are quite popular. Contemporary homes may use the same color pallet, or may try a more graphic look using bold seasonal colors, like pops of orange and yellow with black and white backgrounds. There are a ton of magazines and design periodicals that may have a lot more ideas, but one of my favorite places to look for inspiration that I can replicate is in retailer catalogues. My pick of the season? Pottery Barn. I normally abstain from the typical arts and crafts look, but there is something about fall that always works some heartwarming seasonal items into my home.
Cutesy items are a big “no-no” in my designs, but during the Halloween season, when everyone wants to dress up, I will occasionally help my clients masquerade their homes as an ultimate testament to the Martha Stewart Home look.
Want this look? If you don’t have black furnishings, try black table cloths and slip-covers with white/cream piping or tie-backs. The candles in the background with pumpkin faces are a great project to do with your family. Just get black construction paper and cut out the shapes for the eyes, nose and mouth, and use stick glue or a rubber cement to adhere them to a large candle (select a thick candle, or the walls of the candle could become thin, creating a fire hazard). Seasonal squashes help set the mood, but don’t leave them too long; a rotten pumpkin can ruin a party in a flash. Fill the candy jars with seasonally colored M&M’s, candy corn, or other sweet treats.
This more streamlined concept is gorgeous… Perfect for a Halloween get together, and can work with any style of home, although the graphic nature of the space creates a modern feel. The orange and yellow really standout and get noticed.
Want this look? The same principle as above applies to the furnishings. Real pumpkin lanterns can be used in place of the candles, and a photo of a creepy house in your area can be taken to a large print shop to create the back drop (be aware that the personalized photo creation may cost more in this case than purchasing the large mass produced one).
A cozy fire and soft textiles are essential to autumn nap taking. These, as well as a few decorative additions like the magnolia branches on the mantle and the subtle use of branch motifs help change this space from a well appointed room, to a favorably seasonal one.