The fall and harvest season is now upon us, and growing up in Virginia allowed me to experience this bountiful time in all it’s glory! When I moved to Florida many autumns ago, it only took me one year to realize that all seasons are not created equal. I was determined to still have my “Fall Season”, even though I now lived in a much warmer climate.
If you are planning on decorating with Fall colors, the first thing you want to think of is your dining room table. It is the perfect place to set the mood. Your first step should be to change the tablecloth or runner to a nice earthy tone. Here are some available Fall linens from Amazon (affiliate link). Next, you will want to add seasonal elements – like pumpkins, leaves, acorns, etc. – to complete the Autumn look. For inspiration, take a look at my Riding into Fall Tablescape.
Next, think of jewelry – like topaz, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. All of these hues can be seen in nature, especially in cranberries as they are about to pop! The intensity of the colors, mixed with the richness of their hues, is much like a harvest tapestry. Use jewel color chargers or placemats to accent your dishware. If you do not want to invest in chargers, placemats are less expensive and have the same color impact.
Another place to find inspiration for your color palette is food. Yes, food. Have you ever had a spoonful of homemade Cranberry Relish? Did you notice the richness of the colors? What about the bronzed color of a freshly baked apple pie, or the golden yellow of a corn casserole? Pumpkin pie, carmelized onions, parmesan-encrusted pastries – all of these have earthy tones that we are used to seeing in the Autumn season. These are the colors I use in my Gathering Room all year long.
I like to raid my cupboards and closets for items that I can display with pumpkins and gourds. I will place these items on shelves, cake pedestals, picture stands, or empty clay pots from the garden. I especially like to place cranberry or other vibrant-hued glasses in front of windows. The light that comes from outside makes the glass colors really pop, almost as if one turned them on with an electrical switch. I change them up year from year – but I always stay with the amber, gold, wheat, cranberry, or green colors.
Some final pointers –
- Don’t forget your front door! Just like in real estate, first impressions count. Your entrance is the first thing your visitors will see, so change your mat and hang a wreath or other harvest display.
- Change out some of the fabric inside of your house. Swap out pillows and toss in textured and earth-toned shawls, blankets or afghans. This is probably one of the easiest things to do, and it makes a tremendous visual impact.
- Scents are important at this time, so nothing is more soothing than the aroma of fresh baked bread or other home made goodies. Don’t cook? Then use a candle; just don’t put it on the dining room table. Some people are allergic, and you don’t want the scent of the candle to overpower the aroma of your wonderful food.
I love the Fall season and all the colors within; this is why I bask in these tones all year long! Golden hues look beautiful throughout all the seasons; however, it is the perfect backdrop for Fall Decorating. With a backdrop like this, it is easy to update for the season by adding just a few bursts of color.
Use textiles as your inspiration when choosing your Fall colors; you might be surprised by what you come up with!