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Crisp, Cozy, Fall: Decorative Touches For Autumn and Beyond by Philip Montero
  

Crisp, Cozy, Fall: Decorative Touches For Autumn and Beyond


Autumn is a favored time of year for many.  If you live in farming communities, it's a time of harvest.  For city dwellers, you can delight in the changing of the leaves and the crisp, cool air.  Although it's always sad to say good-bye to summer each year, fall brings with it a renewal of spirit and a readiness to move on with life after months of idyllic, warm days.  Bring the spirit of fall into your home by changing your decor to reflect the season.

Autumn is a tangible season, and you can bring it into your home through a variety of sights, scents, and touch.   Focus on orange, yellow, and deep red as accent colors.  Swap out your black or brown picture frames for colored frames that you can place up on the wall as a fall collage.  If you have a neutral colored sofa such as a deep chocolate brown, you can add throw pillows and fluffy cashmere blankets in plaids or tartans for an extra style boost.  Don't stop at just one throw blanket, be sure to place a few scattered around your living area for extra coziness.  There is nothing as wonderful on a cool fall day than reading a book by the fire while cuddled into a cozy throw.

Large pillar candles that are scented for the season are second only to the smell of baking muffins or pie in the fall.  Choose from a wide variety of colors and scents including pumpkin spice, apple cider, or apple pie.   Burning candles can make a cool evening that much cozier.

Hardwood floors are cool to the touch in the fall and winter, so be sure to bring in a touch of warmth with some area rugs.   Place a large area rug with orange or yellow accents underneath your couch or dining room table to ease the chill from the floor.  If you have a lot of patterned furniture to coordinate with in your room, a solid dark orange area rug would be eye catching as well.  Be sure to scatter various area rugs throughout your home in the fall and winter.  You will be grateful to have something warm and cozy to step on during those cool mornings.

Bring the outside in with a variety of fall fruits and vegetables.  Pumpkins and squash are plentiful in the fall, and they make a great indoor/outdoor decoration.  Pile a few small squash in a bowl as a centerpiece for your kitchen table.  A bowl of bright red or green apples looks beautiful as a focal point as well.  Cut fall flowers and place them in vases around your rooms.  Orange and red potted mums are popular in the fall, and can be placed indoors or outdoors.

Creating a beautiful autumn environment inside your home is as simple as focusing on a few smart choices.  Breathe new life into your home this autumn by focusing on autumn decor and give your family a sense of renewal and revitalization. 


This article was published on Tuesday 30 June, 2009.
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