Sep 01, 2021


No matter how hard we try to slow the clock, we fail. It’s officially Fall, and with the coming of a new season is the desire to redecorate. At a minimum, we’d like to change some things around. Seasonal décor can really make your apartment feel like home. But it’s a lot to keep up with each season, a lot to store, and if you’re not careful, you can spend a lot on something that fades and, as Marie Kondo says, no longer ‘brings joy.’ With these autumn decorating tips, you can keep up without being overwhelmed or harming your pocketbook.

Tip #1 – Get neutral big ticket items

When you’re buying a full tablecloth, or rugs, or other large design pieces, stick to neutral colors and themes. They go with anything and give an understated quality that causes your seasonal pieces to really pop. The same philosophy can apply to paint colors and walls; it’s why art galleries all paint the walls white, so the pieces on the wall really pop forward.

Tip #2 – Choose seasonal accents

The tablecloth is a good example; if you pick a beige or other neutral color, you can lay it down and put a colorful, season-driven runner on top. Tablecloth runners are smaller, so they’re easier to store, and generally less expensive for the same reason. You could have a runner for every season in the same space needed for a full-size tablecloth. You could even sew one yourself if you choose. You can apply this thinking to the rest of the room too: pillows,  ribbons and small drapery can accent existing pieces and turn ordinary objects into seasonal themes.

Tip #3 – Color is your friend

Depending on your taste, a multi-color rainbow print may be crucial to your design, or banned from your house; but consider that simple, solid colors can end up being multi-purpose, and bridge the seasons. The right orange napkins can work for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and even a splash of extra color in a spring bouquet.

Tip #4 – Interchange artwork

Interior decorators love to choose accent pieces that set the tone for the room, and you can too. Paintings or canvas prints can swap spots on the wall, and those out of rotation take up minimal storage.

Tip #5 – A DIY centerpiece

Decorations can really feel like yours if you make them yourself. An additional plus, they become a conversation piece for when friends come over. Sure, you can buy art – – even your local drugstore has canvas printing capabilities – – or you can get creative. Have a colorful blanket or Mexican-influenced serape that just sits in the closet? Hang it on the wall! The answers to your Fall changeover are likely already in your apartment. Explore and discover. You set the rules!

Hopefully these autumn decorating tips have been helpful; now you’re ready to set for this season (and the one after that…).

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