By Joyce Koballa
Fall’s warm decorating style is being inspired this year by a blend of vintage and natural decor for a look that’s simple, yet versatile in any home.
People are using lighter, neutral colors such as green and ivory mixed with fresh, seasonal flowers, said Bill James, manager of Neubauer’s Flowers and Market House at 34 E. Church St., Uniontown.
Instead of purchasing all new items, James said he is finding that people are displaying what they have and adding to their holiday decorating collection whether it be traditional or adventurous items.
“I think people are looking to give their home a little more soul,” James said.
Decorating experts note that autumn is the best time of the year to incorporate earth tones, texture, and warmth into a space.
Colors such as orange, brown, and jewel tones can be made rich and robust or more subtle just by substituting a few accessories or adding a stand out piece to achieve a warm, welcoming look.
Whereas burlap was popular last year, James said linen with a hint of sage green is now trending.
Handpainted black and white checkered and striped pumpkins, squash, and gourds manufactured by MacKenzie-Childs of New York are making a major comeback, according to James.
Neubauers is also one of 200 retailers across the United States to carry the collection.
James said the patterns are versatile for both Halloween to Thanksgiving along with fall in general.
Home decorators claim autumn is the best time of the year to incorporate earth tones, texture, and warmth into a space without sacrificing style for the changing seasons.
With the number of do-it-yourself and crafting websites on the Internet, James said a lot of people are copying images to decorate their front porch or home’s interior. “There are so many choices,” he added.
Although mums will always be a fall staple with their fullness and bright colors, James noted pansies, kale, and black-eyed susans are other inexpensive plants that can be used to brighten up a front porch.
Another idea is using twigs or natural texture items and mixing them in a pot or vase with silk stems for a colorful centerpiece.
“Now everything is more accumulated versus the past where it was bought,” said James. “It’s (decorating) becoming more intricate.”
Design and Architecture Magazine offers the following autumn decorating tips:
- Display artwork that depicts fall color schemes in your front foyer or on a predominate wall.
- Dining room table centerpieces or settings can be formal or casual. Choose colors that reflect your home decor and the season. Consider using red and yellow apples for an informal organic and edible centerpiece.
- Dress up your front porch with tall corn stalks, raffia, or straw to wrap around columns and mailboxes. Use thick colored ribbon in deep oranges and browns for contrast. Carry these same materials into lanyards or garlands around your front door and entry.
- Use your fireplace to showcase seasonal decor such as dried leaves and pine cones, small pumpkins, gourds or dried leaf vines, and colorful candles.
- Use fall colored throw blankets to place on couches or in adjacent baskets. Complimenting fall colored throw pillows will complete any cozy nook to cuddle up and enjoy a good book.
- Bring the aromas of fall into your home with candles, incense, or boil a pot of spices with cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg.
- Visit home improvement stores and arts and crafts stores for inspiration. Look for free workshops or watch home improvement networks.
- Fill jars with seasonal colored items such as candy corn or other novelty items.
- Welcome guests with a simple grapevine wreath at your front door. Consider adding pine cones, leaves, berries, and corn husks and place matching wreaths on other windows.
- Change slipcovers over furniture for simple color change.
- Alternate accessories in individual rooms.
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