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Decorating Your Home for Fall Made Easy

Reflections of autumn canvas print
Reflections of autumn canvas print
by inspiredbygenius

Autumn is the time of year when thoughts begin to turn to football, long hikes outdoors, and the upcoming holidays (of which there are quite a few on the horizon). Most people are starting to feel a hint of a chill in the air. And with fireplaces burning and peanuts roasting, you can literally smell the season change. But even more striking are the changes that you can see. Leaves begin to take on brilliant hues and the colors are spectacular to look at and behold. If you are looking for inspiration when it comes to home decorating for fall, keep these colors in mind. Yellow, shades of gold, red, orange, and brown all make for striking decor.

One great theme to include in the decorating process is a leaf motif. The image of trees shedding their leaves is probably the most anticipated sight during this time of year. To incorporate this great look in your home decor, leaves can be included in beautiful centerpieces and floral arrangements. You can even find leaf garlands in fall shades to hallmark the season if you are inclined to look for them.

Harvest is another theme frequently associated with autumn. It is also rather easy to incorporate into most home decorating schemes. Gourds make a wonderful accent piece for this theme. This time of year, you can find real ones in almost any vegetable market along with many realistic imitation gourds. They are incredibly versatile as well as colorful and make a excellent addition to any autumn home decorating design. These can be used, much like or along with leaves, as part of centerpieces, in floral arrangements, in tabletop decorations, and even to hold place cards for large gatherings.

Pumpkins and gourds are classified in the same biological family, but pumpkins have a special place all their own in the fall home decorating scheme. Pumpkins are associated with both Halloween and Thanksgiving (pumpkin pie anyone) and should not be overlooked as an important element in decorations. In addition they are bright, colorful, and just cheerful to have around the house. To avoid the stench of rotting pumpkin, simply avoid carving them if you plan to keep them around for a little while. Those that are carved should be kept outside and only displayed for a few days.

The two major holidays most people celebrate in fall are Halloween and Thanksgiving. Keep these holidays in mind when planning your fall home decorating scheme and by making small adjustments you will be able to accommodate them both. For example, you can create a great centerpiece by starting with a large bowl in a bold fall color such as a burnt orange or a shade of gold. For the first part of autumn, you can fill the centerpiece with candies covered in fall colored wrappers. This would provide munchies for your family as well as any guests who might find their way to your door during the Halloween season. Once this holiday has ended, you can fill the bowl with colorful leaves and gourds to complete the look. This should carry you through Thanksgiving when it could be showcased as the focal point in the dining area.

Whether you adore fall or dread its appearance every year, there is no denying that this season is ripe with home decorating ideas and concepts. Unfortunately, this time of year is usually overshadowed by the expectation of Christmas, and thoughts turn to wintertime decorations almost immediately after celebrating Thanksgiving. This year, take the time to look around online and at your local craft stores to see what inspiration strikes. It is never too early or too late in the year to start getting excited about decorating your home for the seasons to come.

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