Transitioning Your Decor Into Fall

Think color, texture, and layers!  These are the keys to creating a little more coziness and warmth as the fall and winter seasons approach.

Color - think reds and purples as opposed to pinks and blues.  Of course with each colour there are warmer and cooler versions.  Take yellow for example - the citrus and champagne tones have more of a lighter spring/summer feel but for winter, the more earthy tones do the trick - think ambers, mustards, and ochres.

Textures - don't have the darker colours going on in your home?  Then add heavier textures - think fur, wool, cable knit, velvet, chenille - these can be integrated with the use of throw cushions or blankets - no need to reupholster your linen sofa or change out your silk drapery.   Of course if budget allows you to splurge a little more, you can create a completely different feeling in your space by having a set of slip covers made for your furniture or an alternate set of drapes made in some of the above noted textures.

Layering - an easy way to bring a feeling of warmth and coziness.  The English are masters of this technique - often seen are sisal rugs that serve as the base with layers of smaller persian rugs layered on top.  Of course any neutral rug can be layered with a smaller more colourful or pattern-filled rug. 

A discussion of these above fall decorating tips with some samples and photos were discussed on CTV Ottawa Morning Live on September 13th.  Here is the link for those who are interested:

Be warm :)

On another note, I will be at the Ottawa Home Show this Saturday, September 28th from 2-4 pm at the Lowes Booth answering design questions…if you plan on attending come say hi!