Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays

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!

Transition this dining room, featuring the Asteroid Pendant, to fall by adding pumpkin centerpieces, lots of candles, and twinkle lights.

Transition this dining room, featuring the Asteroid Pendant, to fall by adding pumpkin centerpieces, lots of candles, and twinkle lights.

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.

Featuring the Catacaos Pendant, this guest bedroom by Allen Kirsch & Associates gets warmed up with silk Barbara Barry blankets and the addition of two Topanga Floor Lamps. Photo Dan Piassick.

Featuring the Catacaos Pendant, this guest bedroom by Allen Kirsch & Associates gets warmed up with silk Barbara Barry blankets and the addition of two Topanga Floor Lamps. Photo Dan Piassick.

A chunky throw blanket ensures that guests will stay nice and warm while reading beside the Alhambra Table Lamp.

A chunky throw blanket ensures that guests will stay nice and warm while reading beside the Alhambra Table Lamp.

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.”

In this bedroom by JamesThomas featuring the Crisscross Pendant, a plaid throw and faux fur rug add an additional layer of warmth for holiday guests.

In this bedroom by JamesThomas featuring the Crisscross Pendant, a plaid throw and faux fur rug add an additional layer of warmth for holiday guests.

By replacing the black and white pillow for one with a pop of red, and replacing the green hydrangea with a holiday bouquet, this guest bedroom featuring the Solas Table Lamp is ready for the holidays.

By replacing the black and white pillow for one with a pop of red, and replacing the green hydrangea with a holiday bouquet, this guest bedroom featuring the Solas Table Lamp is ready for the holidays.

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.

By swapping out the coral motif pillows for green velvet and the bowl of fruit for a fall cornucopia centerpiece, as well as adding boxwood wreaths in the windows, this dining nook by Kara Mann (featuring the Parisian Pendant) gets an easy makeover for winter.

By swapping out the coral motif pillows for green velvet and the bowl of fruit for a fall cornucopia centerpiece, as well as adding boxwood wreaths in the windows, this dining nook by Kara Mann (featuring the Parisian Pendant) gets an easy makeover for winter.

Two holiday centerpieces add a dash of cheer to this dining room with a view featuring the Prosecco Chandelier.

Two holiday centerpieces add a dash of cheer to this dining room with a view featuring the Prosecco Chandelier.

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.

This cool dining room by Jeffrey Silberstein, featuring the Archetype Pendant, is warmed up for the holidays by lining the sideboard with a boxwood garland and a layered table setting.

This cool dining room by Jeffrey Silberstein, featuring the Archetype Pendant, is warmed up for the holidays by lining the sideboard with a boxwood garland and a layered table setting.

Happy fall!

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