Change your décor with the seasons
Change your home décor with the seasons
I live in a tiny apartment and as I work at home too, it would be easy to get tired of my surroundings. But I find that it's easy to transform your home by changing your décor and accessories with the seasons. And it's not expensive to do so once you have a selection of well-chosen items.
When winter changes to springtime, change your room to suit the new warmer weather. When summer arrives, accessorize your home with bright colors and as the days become shorter and fall is on the horizon, change your room again to reflect warm autumn shades and hues.
Specialists and psychologists tell us that change is good for us and that this particular benefit affects our physical health as well as our overall feeling on well-being. By changing your room's look on a seasonal basis, your whole family - and your visiting friends - will benefit.
We are very affected by our surroundings and experts agree that a pleasant and attractive home is of vital importance. They say that 'home is where the heart is' but our homes are more than that - they are, or should be, a comfortable haven and a refuge for us at the end of our busy days.
What's more, changing the décor, color scheme and accessories in our homes is fun!
How to achieve the look
Most of us have relatively neutral shades on our walls and our major upholstered pieces of furniture. These can be enhanced by using decorative accessories, throw pillows, vases, fresh flowers, throw blankets, candles and other inexpensive home goods. It takes only a few minutes to change your room from spring-themed to summer, or from fall to winter and yet your room will have a new, fresh look that's appropriate to the season. Changing your décor every season is also a good opportunity to de-clutter your home and get rid of items you no longer need. Donating them to charity is a great idea.
Winter style & accessories
One of my favorite winter colors is deep and luxurious burgundy. During holiday time, reds and greens come into play, as do golds and silvers - this is the season to sparkle.
GET THE WINTER LOOK
It's cold now - you want your room to be cozy, warm and appealing. This is a great time to use animal print throws, deep red lampshades to cast a rosy glow, thick rugs and accents in warm gold.
Candles are the perfect accessory. When you get home on a cold winter evening, candles instantly give a warm feeling. Candles are particularly effective when used against reflective surfaces, such as a gold items or a mirror - this adds to the glow. Warm up neutral colored upholstery with rich throws.
White flowers are the most popular for winter and they look gorgeous set against rich dark backgrounds.
I love gold and burgundy for winter. Both are rich colors and add warmth to your rooms. They are also lovely for the holiday period but can remain throughout the season because they are not overly Christmassy. Nevertheless they match well with holiday décor.
The two items below will give you an idea of this colour scheme.
Decorate and accessorize your room for fall
The fall colors of autumn leaves are probably the most beautiful that nature provides. As the weather is getting cooler and the days are getting shorter, look for warm accessories and décor items in rich orange and brown hues.
GET THE AUTUMNAL FALL LOOK
The weather is cooler so we want to be cozy. This is a great time to make use of rich colors and snuggly, cozy fabrics. Wool and faux fur look great and keep us warm at the same time, Use bright pops of orange to add accent colors.
Branches of autumn leaves in a simple glass vase look magnificent. Look for cut flowers that are golden in tone, from deep yellow through to rich burgundy.
Autumn and fall ideas
Choose rich colors for fall using the colors of autumn leaves as your inspiration. The weather is turning cooler so the oranges and reds will give your room a cozy feel.
See a couple of ideas below.
Accessories for your home for summer
For many of us, the colors of summer are bright blue, from the sky, and bright yellow from the sun. Blue is the world's most popular color so it's easy to see why a summer look is so popular
GET THE SUMMERTIME LOOK
Stripes are very summery, being reminiscent of traditional deckchairs, vintage striped bathing suits and summery French blue and white t-shirts. Blue and white stripes are very nautical. Add accents of bright yellow and found-object accessories such as shells, driftwood and coral.
There are some beautiful and inexpensive accessories for your home that bring the sea and the sun right into your room. We have glass vases full of shells and these look lovely when backlit. Look for whimsical touches too - a wooden model yacht for example.
Sunflowers are the best! They instantly brighten up a room. Imagine a few sunflowers arranged in a bright blue vase - you don't get much more summery than that.
Summer home ideas
A nautical look is wonderful for the summertime, as are items such as the sunburst wall art you see below. Use a deeper yellow than you would for springtime - summer's yellow accessories should be a deep, egg yolk golden yellow.
Here are a couple of examples.
Decorating & accessorizing your home for spring
Green is a perfect color for springtime. Some people like to accessorize this with yellow or lemon shades because of daffodils and crocus buds - and of course, yellow is an Easter color too.
GET THE SPRINGTIME LOOK
Spring is a time of renewal so this is a great opportunity to 'renew' your room. Go for a look that is fresh and crisp.
Think fresh - fresh flowers, fresh fruits. Place lemons in a glass bowl, add leafy green plants or fresh flowers in vases. Think light - this is a great time to use glass bowls, containers and vases. Use light, refreshing colors. Tie back any heavy drapes and let in the light. Use spring colors as accents in your room such as green or yellow candles.
FLOWERS & PLANTS FOR SPRING
Cut or grown from bulbs, daffodils are the perfect spring flower. Yellow tulips look beautiful in tall glass vases. Hyacinths growing in a bowl look wonderful and give a marvelous spring aroma to your room.
Look for bright, springlike colors that will be like a breath of fresh air in your home as the green buds and leaves start to appear on the trees outside. Bright yellow pieces are lovely too as they emulate lovely daffodils and crocuses, plus the sun that has now started shining more.
Inexpensive - and even free - ideas
In addition to the items above, you'll be able to add to your seasonal décor by using items that you already have or that are near at hand.
- Use appropriately colored flowers and leaves from your yard. Autumn leaves look great in the fall and a fresh bunch of green foliage is all you need for spring. Think ahead and plant seeds too or ask you neighbors
- Paper lampshades cost next to nothing and can transform the look of your room if you have central light fittings.
- If you enjoy crafts, there are lots of ways you can create your own decorative items. Items can be painted in your selected colors or changed by using colored paper. For example, line plain glass vase with colored paper - paint a used large can in your chosen color and add spots or stripes - add small colored beads - hang a favorite necklace around the neck of a vase or lamp - use yarn and oddments of fabrics to create your own interesting focal points.
- Add seasonal found objects. Shells in a bowl are lovely during the summer. Pine cones in a glass container are a wintertime favorite. Driftwood is often sculptural and rocks and pebbles can be attractively displayed. Fill glass jars or drinking glasses with sand and add a tea light - this is a great look for summer.
- Fruit and nuts are incredibly attractive. Display seasonal goodies in bowls or glass containers.
- Use inexpensive table-mats in appropriate colors on end tables.
- Does your furniture need rearranging seasonally? For example, if you have a working fireplace, move sofas and chairs closer to the fire for a cozy feel. If you have a great view, then angle seating towards the windows during the summer months.
- Look in your clothes closet too. An appropriately colored scarf or shawl can be used as a tablecloth for a small end table. Re-purpose clothes you never wear, or clothes that are damaged by making throw pillow covers or other items.
- Moving mirrors in your room can give it a whole new focus. If you're shopping for a mirror look at those which are on their own stand so you won't need to drill holes in the wall when you want to move it.
- Search for suitable bargains at yard sales and thrift stores.
- Use inexpensive posters in frames Store out of season posters in the frame itself - behind the one you currently have on display.
- Some people hate to see books arranged by color but I love to see it. Try arranging a few books with the same color spine between bookends. It's these little harmonious details that will bring the look together.
- Drape a length of fabric. Some people change the color of their accent wall every season but if this sounds a bit much (it does to me) use fabric attractively draped to give a new look.
- Create cute vignettes or 'tablescapes' on surfaces. Remember that items look better in groups of three.
- Use colored glasses and bottles along a window ledge. When light shines through it will create an effect that is similar to stained glass.
- Transform side tables by having a piece of glass cut to the same size as the table top. Every season, replace what's under the glass. Use a pretty fabric offcut or paper (look at stylish wrapping papers) or try dried leaves in the fall.
How to store your out-of-season items
Plastic bins with lids are the best way to store the items you're not using. If you're keeping them in a garage, attic or basement be sure that the lids are well fitting. Or store them in plastic bags, making sure that they are well sealed.
© 2013 Jackie Jackson