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Fall Decorating Ideas

 

When leaves start to turn and temperatures fall, it is time to bring those beautiful autumn colors inside

Autumn brings thoughts of decorating the home with warm and cozy colors. Thoughts of curling up in front of the fireplace surrounded by the brilliant colors of fall are so tempting - and this leads us right into Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season.

It is so easy to decorate for fall and you don't always have to spend a lot of money to create the warmth of a fall harvest indoors or out. In fact, Mother Nature can provide much of what you need to decorate. Leaves and twigs are the mainstays of autumn decorating.

Deeper shades of reds, yellows, and oranges are what makes a room warm and inviting; think cranberry, pumpkin, and harvest gold. Add a few browns and greens and you'll need only to make a few adjustments to slide into the holidays.

Layering is our favorite method of warming up rooms. We do very little in the bedrooms other than filling large baskets with handmade quilts and throws. However, you can easily add spice to these rooms with candles and small arrangements.

Runners, tablecloths, placemats, and cloth napkins are another easy way to layer for very little cost if you're handy with a sewing machine. Shop the discount tables at your local fabric store for a batch of complementary colors; they can be solids, plaids, or mixed patterns. You can layer one, two, or three runners in varying widths along your table or even on a hutch or side table. Placemats don't have to be fancy; simply cut rectangles from interesting heavyweight materials and hem.

Runners can also be utilized in bedrooms - place them at the foot of the bed or drape casually across a headboard.

Create unique napkin rings with glass beads and earring hoops. (For detailed instructions, read this article.)

Bring your found items, such as leaves and twigs, inside; clean them up and place them on top of table runners or combine with any other arrangement and place on bars, pianos, mantles, or any countertop. Berries, gourds, pumpkins, dried pods are all reasonably low-cost and add so much flair when gathered in one spot.

You don't need to decorate every room in the home; concentrate on one or two rooms where most of your friends and family gather. The living area is a good start; as you increase your fall decorating inventory, you can then expand into dining and kitchen areas.

One last reminder: to build up your seasonal decorations, always shop immediately after each holiday for the best discounts.

 

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