Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays
Now is the perfect time to spruce up your home for fall. Follow these interior design tips from Boyd Lighting and your guests will feel right at home for the holidays.
September 22 officially marked the first day of fall, and before we know it, the holidays will be upon us and so will family and friends. The holidays can be a time of great fun and a time of great stress, so making sure your home is both welcoming and comfortable is the best gift you can give your guests. Pull out those thick blankets, turn on some festive tunes, and don your home with holiday cheer!
Guest bedrooms, guest bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms are sure to see a lot of action if you plan on having guests for the holidays. Provide thick blankets on reading chairs and warm rugs underfoot, and ensure that each of your cozy spaces is well lit to prevent your home from feeling gloomy. Brighten dark corners with task lighting (the Topanga Floor Lamp comes to mind), consider automatic timers so lights come on before dusk sets in, and add candles.
In “How to Transition Your Home to Fall, According to Nate Berkus” by Sacha Strebe of MyDomaine.com, there are a few good tips to remember. The first is to hang onto your favorites, and consider your home like you do your wardrobe – add layers. Instead of swapping out all of your bedding, adding an additional blanket can cozy things up. As stated in the article, “Throws get a little bit chunkier; pillows get a little bit more tactile; bedding kind of shifts,” said Berkus. “Even though we keep our bedding primarily white, what we throw on top of the bed changes, and there’s something really nice about that.”
Whether you’re swapping out all your throw pillows or bringing in additional layers with rugs and blankets, Berkus recommends using deep, earthy colors to add depth and visual interest (think a Marlowe Table Lamp in Imperial Red and Blackened Brass). Don’t worry about being matchy-matchy. Berkus advises simply making sure colors are the same tone. Consider these questions Berkus to Strebe: “Could you add a trim or a tassels [the Duchess Sconce anyone?] or fringe to your door knobs throughout the house to create additional detail? What are the accessories you’re serving with when you’re entertaining? Can you incorporate a bit more black? Can you incorporate marble in darker tones? Is there a way of transitioning into the season by making small upgrades to what you have on your coffee table, as opposed to changing everything completely?” Some of these ideas are very cost effective, and have a big overall impact.
The final piece of good advice is to switch out your cut blooms for seasonal greenery. Consider a bowl full of pine cones on your coffee table, an evergreen garland on your mantel or (light the way with a Regent Lantern to) a grapevine wreath with berries on your front door.