(Family Features) Let the change in weather be your cue to swap out summer decor for the bold, rich tones of autumn. Regardless of your home’s style, these design tips can add festive fall spirit.
Front porch picks: A colorful spread of real pumpkins and gourds in a variety of colors and sizes adds pizzazz to a front porch or walkway. Add height by positioning them on hay bales or vintage wood crates. If you don’t have room for giant pumpkins, consider placing a couple dozen mini pumpkins in a large wire basket.
Mercury glass goodies: For a vintage touch, look for pumpkins, gourds and pinecones made from mercury glass. Available in a variety of colors from silver to green, this reflective glass brings shine to rooms and works well with many styles.
Front door finery: A simple autumn wreath can add charm and curb appeal. Faux pumpkins, gourds, sunflowers, pinecones and leaves are all seasonal elements of a classic fall wreath. For a simpler touch, go with a wreath of berries in one rustic color.
Muted must-haves: If the bright oranges, rusty reds and sunflower yellows aren’t your thing, embrace fall in a minimalist manner. Consider placing acorns or small pinecones in clear glass vases for an organically inspired centerpiece. Or look for naturally white pumpkins, also known as ghost pumpkins, for a less bold take on this seasonal symbol.
Lovely leaves: Those falling leaves outside boast a multitude of rich, dramatic hues. Check your local craft and hobby store for a variety of leafy garland. From understated styles to thicker versions full of berries and fall foliage, it can make a gorgeous statement when draped across mantels, banisters and entryways.
Fill your mug with spiced cider and get to decorating with more tips at eLivingtoday.com.
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