Adding touches of fall and winter

Spruce up your home with silk flowers, throws and a coat of paint

October 28, 2006|By Kim Hone-McMahan | Kim Hone-McMahan,McClatchy-Tribune

The tulip centerpiece and red-and-white-checkered tablecloth look out of place. There's a chill in the night air, and your summertime embellishments will soon be as appropriate as a Christmas tree in July.

To help get your home decorated for the fall and winter, Robin Brechbuhler, of Brechbuhler Interior Designs in North Canton, Ohio, has some suggestions.

Minimal changes

Move the furniture. That can give your home a whole new look. Pay attention to where the heating vents are when rearranging your room.

Place new toss pillows on chairs, sofas, beds and any other place. If you're decorating for fall, consider using oranges and greens. Pillows are available with fringe and beading. They are an economical way to change your room.

Flop a blanket, or throw, over a chair or sofa. It will add color and texture to the room. While chenille throws are soft and cozy, those with metallic threads are generally more showy than functional.

For a seasonal centerpiece, fill a glass bowl with acorns and pine cones.

Brechbuhler is an advocate of silk flowers -- provided they look so real, you have to touch them to know for sure. So spruce up a room with fall colors, or reds and greens at Christmas.

Mums come in a variety of colors -- purple, white and burnt orange, to name a few. Use them to decorate indoors and out. If you use them inside your home, simply leave them in the containers and wrap a piece of fabric or foil around the pot. For a special touch, add a bow.

Change place mats and throw rugs to reflect the season or holiday.

Replace the shades on your lamps or chandelier.

Higher-cost changes

Some changes can cost a bit more and take a bit more time:

Paint the walls a different color. Remember, if you use a color other than a neutral shade, it can limit you.

Buy dishware for the summer and something different for the winter.

Change artwork on your walls. Thomas Kinkade, for example, has a holiday collection that depicts wintery scenes.

Finally, Brechbuhler suggests decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving.

The holidays are a busy time, and waiting to bedeck your home can cause unnecessary tension during what can be a stressful time of year.

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