Guest Author - Donna Coogan
Itís fun to change your decor with the change of seasons. If you are looking for new ways to enhance your home this fall, here are 10 cheap and easy decorating ideas to embrace the cooler months of the year.
1. Decorate the Entry
Begin with the outside entrance. Adorn your front door with a colorful wreath. Flank your entrance with some topiaries, miniature fir trees or potted mums. Include a touch of whimsy with a welcoming sign or seasonal item like a stuffed scarecrow. Enhance your other entries that are frequently used with a similar approach. Having something attractive and humorous when you approach the house always creates an inviting feeling.
2. Create Tablescapes
Dress up your dining table with a fall centerpiece. Consider an elegant floral arrangement or something simple like small baskets of apples and pears lined down the middle of the table and interspersed with candles. For even more simplicity, just set out a wooden bowl full of miniature gourds and pinecones.
3. Change Things Up
If youíre feeling really ambitious, rearrange your furniture or introduce a new paint color to your home for a whole new look. Sometimes just adding slipcovers to seating and adding window panels in a different color can transform spaces with very little effort.
4. Decorate with Pumpkins
Place a small to medium size pumpkin on each step or every other step (interior or exterior). Leave them in their natural color or paint them in solid hues that complement your decor. For extra fun, paint them in plaids or stripes or just stencil some favorite words on each one. Display miniature pumpkins on pedestals or candle holders set out on the mantel or buffet.
5. Add Long-lasting Flowers
Buy some inexpensive mums or carnations and distribute them throughout your home. Skip the usual vase and go for some more interesting containers to display them in like copper pots, small wagons or dark wicker baskets.
6. Warm Up with Accessories
Provide accessories that warm up the space. Add extra pillows and throws that invite you to linger longer in a sofa or chair. Place another quilt on the bed. Add some area rugs.
7. Create a Glowing Ambiance
The flicker of flames always adds a cozy cheer to the atmosphere thatís just right for fall season. Light the fireplace if you have one or light groupings of candles on tabletops and dressers for a warm glow that beautifies your rooms.
8. Break Out New Dishes
Substitute your usual dishware with a fresh set. Buy some inexpensive solid hues at a discount store and create a whole new table setting to enjoy into the winter season. For more interest, intermix several colors like green and gold or red and blue.
9. Enhance with Art
Add some fresh art. If you are the creative type, consider making your own. Browse craft shops for ideas. Art is the perfect accessory to add some seasonal personality to your space.
10. Add Some Pizzazz
Dazzle your home with gold or silver metallic. Using metallic spray paints refurbish some boring candle sticks, picture frames or other simple accent items. Add some sparkle to your rooms with glass, mirrors or crystal accents. Such little touches will go a long way to adding some pizzazz in your home this season.
One last thing you can do to bring the season into your home is to fill the air with one delicious aroma like cinnamon, ginger or nutmeg. Set out scented candles, potpourri or just simmer some spices on the stove. Baking fresh muffins, cookies or bread can also create a warm and soothing feeling in the home that caters to our nesting instinct during the cooler months.