A look back at fall decorating ideas by Amanda Henderson
Fall often conjures images of oranges, reds, and golds, but as of late neutrals have come on the scene with a sweet sophistication that many find hard to resist. Creams, whites, and muted greens have taken center stage in fall decorating and won’t be bowing out any time soon.
Whether you’re decorating your dining room, your front porch, or for a fall gathering, using neutrals can be a great way to bring in elements that are earthy and rustic. Rather than the overall aesthetic looking haphazard, however, the effect is generally a refined palette that pleases the eye.
Use these five tips to create a stunning, neutral scene in your own home.
Texture is key
When decorating with neutrals, be sure to use lots of varying textures rather than contrast from different pops of color. A great way to incorporate texture is by using grasses, such as Purple Fountain Grass, Hakonechloa, or Carex.
Change is easily attainable as the season progresses
Using neutrals will allow for subtle changes as the season progresses without having to do a complete redesign. Add in some new elements as October ushers in a season of ghouls and ghosts. Add in yet other elements in November for Thanksgiving.
Don’t be afraid of artificial items
Blending artificial pumpkins and floral picks with living specimens is a great way to get the desired look. Those gorgeous white pumpkins or trailing floral picks can be found at your local craft store. Be sure to look for high quality, life-like items that will mesh well with your living pumpkins and plants.
Glean from your yard or garden
Gather branches, dried cornstalks or hydrangeas, or spent Echinacea flowers to tuck into pots or centerpieces. Find sturdy grasses with pretty plumage or dried seed pods to use, as well.
Find inexpensive pumpkins at the dollar store and use white latex or chalk paint to get that neutral palette you’re going for. Scour thrift stores and flea markets for items to use. As long as the shape is right, don’t be afraid the alter the color with a little paint.
Story and Photos by Amanda Henderson
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