The fall season is in full swing. We can smell the sweet aromas of the harvest in the air and see the vibrant hues of autumn peeking through the trees. As the evening temperature slowly starts to drop, seasonal decor has started popping up in homes across the country.
For those of us who have been eagerly anticipating the dawn of fall decorating, rejoice! Autumn is finally here and it has arrived with an abundance of fresh hues, modern motifs and a seasonal sprinkle of sparkle and shine.
“For most of us, fall is already such a visually beautiful time,” says Pottery Barn spokesman Kendra Stewart. “And it’s a great chance to bring some of that inspiration from the outdoors in.”
With a focus on botanicals, natural elements and the autumn’s dramatic colour palette (think gold-yellow, terracotta, smoky blue, wheat and mocha), Stewart says updating your home for the season can be as simple as taking cues straight from Mother Nature and adding your own trendy touch. Stewart recommends mixing materials and textures such as ceramics and wood, metals and linens, or burlap and glass to create a casual yet inviting environment.
“Those warm woods and soft textured elements, paired with a shiny element like mercury glass creates a real decorative pop,” she says. While traditional motifs such as pumpkins and natural foliage such as branches, leaves or pinecones are always part the festive season, Stewart says classic objects are being created this year using modern materials such as etched mercury glass or metallic finishes. “Just to add some sparkle and shine,” she says.
Stewart advises would-be decorators to always keep the festive season in mind when making design decisions. A big fan of Thanksgiving herself, Stewart thinks it’s important to deck your halls for holiday gatherings with family and friends.
“That’s what the season’s all about,” she says. “It’s all about making your space welcoming to guests and the best place to start is with the front door. Adding a festive wreath to the front door creates instant flare.” If you are going to splurge on seasonal accessories, Stewart suggests investing in some quality basics before going for anything bolder.
“Classic pieces create a beautiful foundation for any occasion,” says Stewart. For instance, you can easily change up your table through accessories such as table runners and other linens, but a classic dinnerware collection is a great neutral that works perfectly on any tabletop.
Speaking of tabletop, when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner decor, Stewart says it’s all about “layering, layering, layering.” Start with a fall-themed tablecloth or runner in a harvest hue, add some chic charger plates (a great basic, Stewart says) for texture and keep working your way up. “Using basic dinnerware on top of festive accents and linens can really bring a table to life,” she explains. And don’t forget about special touches like a jeweled napkin ring or a personal place card.
“Think about welcoming your guests,” she says. “Everybody feels like they have a special spot at the table. It’s something little to bring everybody together.”
Lastly, Stewart would like to remind holiday hosts not to neglect their mood lighting. “Candlelight has the power to transform any space,” she insists, advising that candles be grouped in varying heights together on a tray.
“It creates that really warm, fall harvest glow,” she says.
Festive table runners and other linens are a great way to change up your tabletop with the season. (Courtesy of Pottery Barn).
Pairing soft, natural elements such as wood with something shiny like mercury glass can create a real decorative pop. (Courtesy of Pottery Barn.)
Take the time to add some personal touches to your table settings so every guest feels like they have a special place at your table.
Group candles of varying heights together on a tray to create a warm, fall harvest glow.
Decorating for fall is all about making your space welcoming for your guests and the best place to start is with the front door. Adding a festive wreath to your entryway can create instant flare.