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Seasonal Switch of your Interior
When the weather changes and holidays approach, we often consider decorating areas of our home to reflect the seasons. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas tend to be the big holidays to pull out the decorations. But your homes décor is not limited to just those big holidays. As you see in the magazine covers, each season brings new colors, flowers, and décor icons that also can be used in your home. So how do you switch your décor for the seasons? I have three easy guidelines for you to follow. I want this to be easy, flexible over time, and grab your attention. So here are my recommendations:
Select defined areas to decorate that will create natural focal points. Defined areas consist of buffets, foyer tables, area above kitchen cabinets, coffee tables, sofas, mantles, dining room tables and master bedroom beds. Usually in a home one or two of these areas are natural focal areas to a room to decorate. Select only one or two to decorate. Choosing too many over saturates your eyes and you lose the impact of the seasonal décor.
Choose 1-2 main accessories that “Contain or Ground” an area, and can be reused from season to season. Main accessories could be one of the following:
- Trays- contains items in it and centers a buffet, coffee table or dining table
- Vases- holds flowers of the season
- Candlestick Holders- are universal season to season
- Frames- artwork can change but the frame stays consistent
- Bedding/ Fabrics- the main field of the bed stays the same season to season
Having main accessories makes it easy to pick the seasonal items to apply to it. The same vase on a counter can change flowers three/four times of the year to reflect the weather. The same candlesticks can have different color candles for each holiday. This leads to guideline three-
Apply seasonal colors and Icons within main accessory Items. Examples of this:
- Icons- pumpkins, snowman, bunny, flags
- Pillows, throws
Of course when you actually shop, you want to consider the following purchasing tips so your basement doesn’t get loaded with items that never get displayed or used:
- Buy things in Two’s: this may sound odd but most décor items should be purchased in pairs. This gives you the flexibility in using the piece as center pieces or just repeating décor. The trend when you see something cute is to buy one of them and when you get home it seems out of place. Buying in two does eliminate this oddness in your home.
- Repeat Color or Motif at least 2x. Similar to the buying items in two’s, repeating a color in your display helps the items fit in to the surroundings. One the color appears only once; it will stand out and can be odd. Add flow and relatedness to a room when you repeat at least twice.
- Purchase items size appropriate for the area being displayed. This tip is the most important for accessories to fit in. You want to fill the volume of space in an area with varying heights and widths that fit. Too small of items get lost, too large over power a room.