Seasonal Home Decorating Tips   by Barbara Jennings

I'm reminded of one thing at fall here in California. The time of year is supposed to be cooling down, with leaves turning golden and rust and brown. But in Southern California, the season of cooling seems to be hotter than summer much of the time. Sometimes it's unbearably hot. For me the incentive to change my decor for a seasonal reason is diminished, but not so for other parts of the country where the cooling trend is definitely in. Here are some tips you might find helpful.

  1. Refreshing your home doesn't have to be complex or expensive. For many of you, it can simply be a matter of changing out your throw pillows to a different color or shade or tint. Spring usually conjurs up the desire to lighten up our colors - to brighten the whole look. Fall, on the other hand, tends us make us seek darker more subdued hues, making the home feel cozy and safe and warm.

  2. Maybe you're not in the mood to drastically change the hue, tint or shade. Then consider altering from solids to patterns to give your room an enchanting change that is quick and inexpensive.

  3. But don't stop with the pillows. Visit your favourite retail stores, or go online, and pick out some new lamps, a new coffee table accessory, change out your candles, a small vase, bring in some colorful coasters, put new picture frames on old images, change out the photos in your picture frames. The choices are endless. Best of all they are quick, inexpensive and easy for anyone to do.

  4. Buy a new throw to lay over the sofa or a lounge chair. This is a great way to cover stains and redirect attention away from that tired old sofa or chair that you've had for decades.

  5. Visit your local nursery (or artificial plant store) and buy some more plants. You can never have enough plants. They are one of the top decorating choices by interior designers because they are so versatile. Use them to hide ugly places in the room. Use them to fill empty holes or gaps in the arrangements. Use live plants to add oxygen into the room.

  6. Move your furniture around. It's amazing what a lift you and your family will get just by moving what you already own to a new location in the room, or to another room altogether. For training on how to do this the way an interior designer would do it, get trained at home. Get more information here: Furniture Arranging Training.

  7. Remove furniture from an overly crowded room. Just because you own something and it's sitting in the room, that doesn't mean it has to stay there. Take out some items and open up the space. I guarantee you it will feel like a whole new room.
If you follow the steps listed above, Iím sure that you can make any room in your home take on a refreshing look just by changing out some accessories.

About the Author Barbara Jennings is a well known author and interior decorator in Southern California. She is also a published artist. She teaches rearrangement design and how to do it as a home based business. Visit her website at Decorate-Redecorate.Com. Used by permission.

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