As the season changes and we move from summer into fall, we are often inspired to change our decor. But why? Are there any good reasons to do it?
Why yes! There are several. And they are all good for us!
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1. Stay Connected to the Outdoors
One way to stay connected to the outdoors is by bringing the changing colors of the outside in.
Humans want to be connected with nature and other living things. This longing for “connection” is called “biophilia”.
We have always been connected to nature, for survival, sustenance, spiritual renewal, and inspiration. Mother nature provides an endless abundance of beautiful color palettes, shapes, patterns, and textures to inspire us, our health and wellbeing, and our interior environments,
Feeling “connected” makes us feel good. One way to get that connection and those good feelings are to change the colors in our interior environment to reflect what is happening outside so there is an energy flow between the outdoors and indoors.
If you have considered the colors of your exterior view and outdoor landscaping in your Interior Design, you likely have a change of colors happening in the fall.
So the colors of fall may be different for everyone based on your location. Play with the colors you see outside your windows:)
While fall colors are typically shown as reds, yellows, oranges, browns and deep greens, the colors in your area may be different.
For example, I grew up in the northeast and always thought of fall as having the beautiful reds of the maple leaves as they changed. Now that I live in Alaska, we have very few trees that turn red. It is mainly low ground plants that turn a deeper, darker red than the maples. Yet, we have a glorious gold color that many of the birches and cottonwoods turn that I did not see on the east coast.
- Bring the colors in by changing your accent pillows, rug, art, or accessories. Work with things that are easy to change because you may want to change things in other seasons as well.
- Get outside, collect cool objects from your outdoor adventures to decorate your home including branches, rocks, shells, gourds, grasses, and more.
- Use of colors that harmonize with the outdoor environment. Use your outdoor windows as indoor “art”.
- Get indoor plants to provide a variety of colors, textures and improve your indoor air quality. Flowering plants are a special treat to add pops of color!
- Use the colors of nature in your home, inside and out. As a certified color strategist, I often measure some of the colors from clients’ landscaping (shrubs, flowers, trees) and translate that to paint colors for exterior walls, front doors, or interior paint palettes.
- Blues, greens, browns, off whites and grays, are great natural colors to try to bring the outdoors in since they are prominent in trees, shrubs, the sky, and water.
- Find pops of color from some of your colorful outdoor landscaping such as the fall colors of your trees, shrubs, or ground covers (golds, reds, oranges). Black and pure white are not often found in nature but can be great colors to add to make the others stand out in all their glory. If it is a prominent color you can see from your windows, even if it is from an adjacent property, consider tying it into your color scheme.
Even if you live in the middle of a city, you can follow some of these guidelines to create a space that feels good and gives a sense of being more connected to nature.
2. Change your Interior to go with the feeling of the season for you.
Fall feels different than spring, summer or winter. Biologically, it is the time we reap the harvest of our labors, prepare for the winter ahead and get ready to conserve our energy.
In the fall I want to relax after working hard in the summer. I feel like snuggling up and reading, enjoying a fire, taking a nap, stocking up for winter, making soup, putting the garden to bed, and slowing down. I bring out the fluffy blankets, enjoy the first fires in the fireplace, and more. I’m like my cat who moves from enjoying naps on the cool, hard floor to laying on the fluffy blanket on my bed in the fall.
I want to surround myself with warmer colors, fabrics, and softer textures than I did in the summer. My decor becomes more cozy and intimate. These things would not feel right in the summer.
So, I adapt my decor to match how I am feeling energetically at this time of the year, and in doing so, I feel more comfortable and enjoy my space more.
Create Connection During the Holidays.
Fall is filled with holidays to celebrate and decorate for including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Autumn Equinox, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Octoberfest, Columbus Day, and more.
There are lots of ideas for decorating for different holidays online or you can create your own traditions. The main point is to create a special atmosphere to celebrate and connect with friends and family that is beautiful and comfortable.
Create Your Perfect Space for Fall
Here is an example of a beautiful living room Edesign I created to highlight fall decor. For me, fall is a time of darker and brighter reds of the shrubs and ground plants, mixed with browns and greens of the forest, charcoal of the rocks on the mountain tops with a light dusting of snow, with snow, golds, yellow and oranges of the hardwood trees. I love a nice fire, a soft rug under my feet and an intimate get together with friends, wine and cheese.
For this design, I used many pieces from Arhaus’s fall collection, as well as some rugs and pillows from Boutique Rugs and the Edesign shop. I selected these pieces for several reasons. Initially, because I was drawn to the colors and textures because they evoke a feeling of fall to me. I also appreciate the natural, eco-friendly materials, the handmade artistry of some of the pieces, and the cultural elements I am drawn to when creating global style designs.
For example, the Carrinna coffee table, end tables, and dining table are organically inspired, and expertly crafted by Mexican artisans from natural wood veneers that are hand-finished. The table base is made from steel with a gorgeous, satin gunmetal finish.
The Pryor leather chair is made from artisan distressed leather, a solid wood frame with eco-friendly foam.
The Athalia hand-knotted rug is inspired by ancient Tunisian shawls and is crafted from hand-spun yarn tied into thousands of individual knots.
The Remington swivel chair is built by craftsmen in North Carolina using earth-friendly, recyclable, and sustainably certified fabrics, wood certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and cushions using eco-friendly foam.
The Chandler two over two sofa frame is made from solid, reinforced hardwood certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The frame supports the use of recycled steel. Seat cushions contain dense foam made from partially plant-based material, padded with sterilized down and feathers.
The red handwoven rug from Boutique rugs is made from 100% wool in India.
The black and white pillow covers are leather, and the red pillow is 100% cotton.
The hardwood floors are “Carbon Beach” by Revel Woods.
You can Shop Arhaus’ New Fall Collection here to see lots of additional products beyond what I used in my design.
We spend more time in our homes in general than we do anywhere else. Why not make it feel great with some of these tips! If you need help with your design, check out my local and online Design and Color Services.
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Thanks for the tips. Seasonal decor can be so fun and I agree that it can connect people to the outdoors and the holidays! Great post.
Great suggestions for seasonal decor that celebrates the changing colors outside! It truly is regional, but every home benefits from celebrating nature!
Celebrating nature makes a difference for sure!
Great ideas for changing things up for the seasons!
Thanks so much!
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