Even though summer is over, we will still have some beautiful warm days to enjoy. These days can be very busy, but we should try to enjoy these to the fullest. At this time of year, everyone is getting into a different mindset. We are trying to get into new routines now that school has started. We are harvesting our gardens. We are “putting to bed” our various flowers and plants. We are cleaning up porches and patios preparing for cooler days ahead. Just like Mother Nature; we, too, are in a period of transition.
house is also in a period of transition. I want to bring out my fall colored throw pillows, and hang the draperies over the existing sheers (my simpler summer window treatment). I’m getting eager to display pumpkins and gourds.
If you ask people here in the Midwest what is their favorite season, I bet 3 out of 4 would say “autumn”. It seems many people like the little cooler temperatures, and they really do like the warm, earthy colors of fall. Every home should have a bit of “fall colors” to enjoy inside as well as the incomparable colors outdoors!
You do not have to use the brighter shades of yellow and orange if this would clash with your color scheme. Try more muted, dustier shades like dark mustards, rusts, and various tan and brown hues. You can even use some burgundies and wine shades. Mix in some “mottled” greens to anchor the mix, and don’t be afraid to use black here and there (it adds drama). You simply need to compliment your basics (walls, pieces of furniture, flooring). The secret is in the proportion of the fall colors introduced and used in the room. Look to candles, linens, etc. to bring these autumn hues inside.
Tip: As the leaves change color, try bringing in some branches and put them in water. Treat these gorgeous leaves as you would those lovely blooms of summer!
Susan Gimbel is owner of The Evergreen Co. in Uptown Galion. Visit the website http://www.myevergreencompany.com/ for additional information about the store.