As Calgary’s seasons change the outdoors serve up a fall-themed feast of beautiful colours, sights and smells. Despite our denial that summer is over, shorter days are already upon us so now it’s time we start to put away last season’s décor and prepare for fall.
Creating a space that pleases your senses and matches your personality can be challenging, but here are some tips from Interior Stylist Janette Ewen on how to create a space that brings comfort and warmth into your home this fall:
First thing’s first: Get organized
Create a clean palette to work from. Remove any décor and accessories that are overly inspired by summer. Invest in clever storage solutions to swap out your décor easily every season (just like the stylists do).
Appealing to your visual senses is a top priority. Think back to a happy time in the fall and write down the colours you remember. For a quick and effective change, consider adding a wall of draped fabric or using stencils to add a touch of colour and design to your space.
Appeal to touch
Bring in the texture. Soft-hued summer pillows should be replaced with textured pillows (faux fur, brocade fabrics) in rich fall colours. Swap out summer bedding with fall/winter bedding that also incorporates texture (rustic linens, colourful quilts) and has a homespun feel.
Fragrance can empower you to feel the way you want to feel, which is perfect for setting the mood in your home. Try using something that is both stylish and functional like the Glade® Wax Melts Warmer. The Glade Wax Melts fragrances are blended with essential oils to create a lovely, lingering fragrance, and add ambiance that helps to set the mood for any occasion. My personal favourite is the Pumpkin Spice scent. It reminds me of the perfect fall day.
Update your furnishings
Fall is the perfect time to refresh your furniture and replace old hardware. A fresh look can instantly update a dresser or desk. Spray paint can also give accessories an instant update, bronze and gold shades are perfect to complement rich, fall colours.
Create a sense of warmth not only with accessories, but also with your lighting. New LED options allow for light tones to be customized to suit your mood. I love a soft, warm glow in the fall.
Create a reading nook
Fall is about indulgence, relaxing and enjoying quiet moments. Creating the perfect space to cozy up and enjoy a book in is one of the best ways to enjoy the season. My go-to accessories include an assortment of over-sized pillows, warm, fluffy blankets and a relaxing Glade fragrance to help set a calming mood.