Forgive us if we’re a bit biased, but there’s something about the fall season more than any other time of year that brings out the decorating side in us. Pumpkin-filled harvest scenes, cozy throws draped across the sofa and earthy-toned colors abound making even the most novice decorator a quasi-pro this time of year.
It’s the time for coziness, slowing down, and connecting with friends and family. So, if you’re itching to spruce up your abode for autumn, we’ve come up with a list of fall design trends for your custom home.
1. Fall “Porchscapes”
“Porchscapes” are one of the hottest trends of the season. Sure, we’ve all been decorating our porches with a Jack ‘O Lantern and perhaps some spooky elements for Halloween, but more elaborate fall front-porch scenes have been emerging over the past few years – especially featuring decorations that can be relevant past Halloween right up into Thanksgiving. Pumpkins, of course, corn stalks, mums, and other colorful seasonal props such as harvest-themed wreaths or garlands will keep your porch looking fall festive right up until the Christmas lights go up.
2. Earth-toned Colors
Warm, rich tones just fit during the fall season and are a bit more timely than traditional October-esque colors such as orange, black and red. If pumpkin orange is a must, try layering it with more muted, natural colors such as turning leaves to mix things up. For example, a pumpkin-themed table centerpiece could be accented with a forest green runner or using navy throw pillows on a front-porch bench to go along with cornstalks and pumpkins.
3. Entertainment-ready Spaces
Gatherings are back it’s full-on entertaining season. Family coming for Thanksgiving? Hosting a Christmas party? Inviting friends for Christmas Eve cocktails? You’re going to need an entertainment space, one that can function all the way through New Year’s. Common spaces such as the kitchen, dining room, and living areas should be your focus for seasonal-themed decorating, and don’t forget the power of scents with candles or oil diffusers.
4. Cozy Corners
If you’re going to be throwing a bunch of parties, you’ll also need a place to wind down and rejuvenate. Even if you don’t plan on entertaining much this season, the chilly weather and longer nights are perfect for creating a cozy spot in your home to unwind with a steaming cup of coffee or tea and settle into a good book. Outfit a window seat with cozy pillows and throws with seasonal colors or plaid patterns. Pull an end table close with a lamp that puts off warm light or candles, and you’ve got a place to snuggle up until spring.
5. Dark, Moody Kitchens
This fall design trend might have a bit more permanence beyond just a few months, but the white, bright kitchen is out. Fall is the perfect time to usher in the emerging trend of utilizing dark, moody colors in the kitchen. Warm earth tones or deep jewel tones reflect the colors found during harvest, especially here in wine country with the browns and oranges of the turning leaves on the vine contrasted by the bursting clusters of dark, rich grapes.
For more fall design trends for your custom home, or for help making your dreams come true in any of our homes in San Luis Obispo, reach out to us.