Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fall Do-It-Yourself Interior Design {Guest Post}

Today I'm excited to be featuring my first guest blogger! Her name is Alexandra Jacobs and recently she contacted me asking if she could put together a post for my readers. It was exciting for me to actually have someone ask to guest post, but even better when I went over to check out Alex's blog. She writes beautifully about food, her travels, interior design and everything in between. Today she is sharing with us some last minute tips to make your home for cozy for Thanksgiving and the end of Fall. Thanks, Alex, for letting me share your talents and ideas with others. :)
The fall marks the beginning of the season change toward colder months. As the leaves change, there are a myriad of colors that enter our field of vision ranging from golden yellow to rust orange. These are the colors that often enter our homes during the fall season. While these traditional colors are popular regardless of the year, more non-traditional colors have also entered the fall color palette. This year, even pastels are entering the fall color palette. As the focus is on color this season, you should be mindful of this trend.

Paint a Wall
(Photo: Brooklyn Real Estate)
Paint a wall for the fall season. Many people will give their apartment or home an entire paint makeover every season. French Roast, Honey Gold, Rhapsody or other neutral colors are popular for the primary color in the room. Rhapsody is in the gray family and is a popular color for home interior design this year.
Accent walls are painted in a variety of colors. For instance, Bright Chartreuse and Tango Tangerine are complementary colors that are recommended for kid’s rooms or an outdoor room. Tango Tangerine is a fall color that most people can incorporate during the season. Honey Gold and Rhapsody are also recommended for the fall. Rose Smoke, French Roast and Sea Fog are also recommended this fall.
Reupholster a Couch
With newly painted walls, the couch must be complimentary. Go shopping for new material for the project. While it may be easy to choose a solid color, a pattern with complementary or contrasting colors to your accent wall or containing hints of the color on your accent wall will also be recommended. Consider taking a weekend to reupholster the couch. The task will require some sewing skills and stapling skills. Patience is also required if you have never done it before.
Seasonal Decor
(Photo: Martha Stewart)
A wreath that can be decorated with seasonal accessories is a basic piece in the DIY decor arsenal. To make a wreath that fits in the autumn theme, try using silk leaves in orange, yellow and gold. You can also add small accessories, such as mini gourds or faux pumpkins, to spice up the wreath during the holidays of autumn. Add vases of seasonal flowers in similar colors to tie the room together. This works well if your home is based on neutral tones, which are also among the hottest trends this year.
Use Fall Plants and Floral Arrangements 
 (Photo: Floral Style)
Paint some vases or hanging baskets for plants. These receptacles should also be in the fall colors. Geometric patterns and solids are popular this season. Use bold colors that are complementary or contrasting to the existing furniture and walls. This project can take a couple of hours or the entire weekend depending upon the number of baskets or vases required to properly decorate the home.

DIY Projects Can Be Rewarding
DIY projects can be rewarding and inexpensive. The changes to the home are significant compared to the money spent for the project. Consider how the change can help brighten your room and your mood daily.
Alexandra is a travel enthusiast who loves to write about fashion, beaches, food, and the wonderful things in the world.  She provides her own insights on vacationing to the blogosphere. If you would like to learn more about her, follow her @alexsjourneys or visit her blog


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