Autumn in Atlanta is the most exhilarating time of the year for me. The lower humidity, cooler days, and nights with a slight crispness in the air are like a magnet pulling me outside. The first yellow leaves are gently blowing across the yard and have me thinking about orange pumpkins and amber cider.
In the next several weeks, we will be surrounded with a symphony of changing colors. What better way to bring that “music” into our homes than by taking nature’s cue on the color palette?
The bright whites and riot of almost fluorescent, candy like hues of summer are fading. Now is the time to replace those with richer jewel and spice tones like deep plum, teal, ruby, ochre and saffron.
These richer hues will look fabulous with the walls you may have painted gray or those chartreuse accent pieces you bought last spring. Remember the Pantone 2012 color of the Year, Tangerine Tango? It transitions very nicely to the palette of autumn.
Many times fall décor tends to go a little rustic, however the accessories and fabric patterns used will determine if the look is modern or traditional.
Using graphics on pillows and rugs will certainly make a room more transitional or contemporary. Mixing metallics and glass with leaves, berries, twigs, and nuts will create interest and blend with any décor.
Paint branches, pine cones, rocks and gourds a warm white and mix with pottery in a matte finish the color of your choice. Place them on burlap or cork and you have a cornucopia of textures in a more transitional style.
For the addition of color, add moss or leaves. If more “glamour” is your style, add some sparkle with glass or metallic candlesticks.
Think texture. That sisal rug is still great, but maybe throw on a slightly smaller rug with a soft, deep, nubby feel. Over a sofa or chair, drape a cozy and luxurious throw in an autumnal color.
Have wood or tile floors? For the next few months, add some warmth with a plush area rug. Replace your summer textiles with chenille, velvet, ultra-suede, flannel and wool. Cozy-up your room with fabric on the windows, as an addition to your existing shutters or blinds.
Start collecting colorful leaves. Use some on their branches in a simple vase of water, and press others for use in a few weeks. Take a nature walk and look for nuts, pine cones and interesting twigs. Start gathering accessories to use in your autumnal décor and tablescapes.
In my next post, we will discuss other simple crafty ways to use these pieces to bring the beauty of fall into your home.