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October 7, 2011 > Bring Fall Colors into Your Home

Bring Fall Colors into Your Home

Autumn has arrived, and many of you are decorating for the season. In autumn we tend to gravitate toward the rich colors of nature. Just picture the reds, gold and browns of fallen leaves, and the warm, earthy colors of pumpkins, gourds, pomegranates and cranberries. You can bring fall colors into your home by changing your accessories for the season. As the weather gets chilly, think warm and cozy. Drape a soft throw blanket over the arm of your sofa, and trade the brightly colored throw pillows of summer for new pillows in dark, rich fall colors. For extra punch, add pillows in faux suede or animal prints. Along with your throw pillows, change your kitchen towels and placemats, bath towels, and possibly even your bedding. Some people like to have two bedding ensembles - one for spring in crisp, bright colors, and one for fall in luxurious colors like mocha, cinnamon, eggplant and sage.

It is fun to have a set of dishes for each season. A basic set of white dinner plates can serve as chargers for salad-sized plates in different colors and patterns. For example, how about a set of Halloween plates for fall and snowman-themed plates for winter? I have a set of pumpkin colored dishes that I bring out in the fall, and I use dark brown linen placemats and napkins with them. A friend of mine uses her white dishes at Christmas time, with colorful holiday-themed table linens and beautiful red water goblets. It is a very festive table.

The space above your kitchen cabinets can be a great place to create a seasonal display. Try creating a grouping using a pumpkin, an odd number of large decorative oil bottles, a platter on a stand and some greenery. In winter, try a family of snowmen or a collection of antique children's toys. Use wrapped boxes to add height to some of the shorter items if necessary.

Decorating for fall means bringing natural elements into your home. To create a centerpiece for your dining room table, arrange pillar candles of varying heights (odd numbers are more pleasing) on a large platter, tray or cake stand. Choose candles in rich colors such as forest green, pumpkin, or paprika, or stick with ivory if it will work better with your existing decor. Surround the candles with fall leaves from your yard, and add a trio of miniature pumpkins. Among the leaves, nestle a few shelled walnuts, pomegranates, acorns, seedpods or small pinecones. Light the candles and enjoy the glow. For a fun Halloween look, surround the pillar candles with candy corn or chocolate kisses.

Another way to bring nature into your home is with bare tree branches or curly willow. Fill a floor vase with the branches, or gather an armful, bundle and tie with a beautiful wide ribbon. Place your decorated bundle on a tabletop or on your hearth. Fill a large glass container with pinecones or nuts and tuck in an arrangement of dried flowers.

To bring some holiday red into your room, fill a glass cylindrical vase about one-third full with fresh cranberries. Add water, and top it with a white floating candle. Place three of these vases on your dining or coffee table for a very festive look. A word about candles: Don't wait for a "special occasion" to actually light the candles! Every night can be made special with the glow of candlelight.

Anna Jacoby of Anna Jacoby Interiors is a local Interior Designer. Send your design questions to her at Call or fax her at 510-490-0379 or visit

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