Decorating Your Home for the Season
Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
Home decor is more than just a few splashes of color with a hint of texture and pattern thrown in. It is about creating an environment that is reflective of the things we love but sometimes we like to include a touch of the season into our design choices. These decor pieces that can be easily transferred each time a new season rolls in. Seasonal decorating adds a little something extra to the home and helps it truly feel like Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter. Let’s talk about some simple yet effective ways you can create just the right amount of seasonal delight to your home.
Decorating for Spring
Winter has finally said its last goodbye and you are ready to hang up the welcome sign for Spring. It is a season defined by fresh, pastel colors, an abundance of new blooms and greenery plus soft textures. In areas like dining rooms or entry ways you can add some twig arrangements that are accented with colors like chick yellow, lavender, and sky blues in items like ribbons and decorative pieces. It is a simple way to bring a touch of the season indoors and add a little depth as well as texture. Greenery in general is a good rule to follow for Spring decorations as it is the perfect representation of the season’s promise of growth and renewal. You can also weave a few additional spring colors into your home’s accent pieces like a throw blanket, pillows, or even an area rug. Tablescapes are also a beautiful way to highlight the season with table runners made from rustic burlap of delicate patterns and centerpieces containing moss, blossoms, and bits of twigs woven together. Combining these elements with the perfect dinnerware will definitely reflect the season to our family and friends. Woven baskets can be used throughout the home to store various items like shoes and blankets or you can opt for a smaller decorative version to hang on your front door to be a fresh hello for guests. Add some Spring blooms and a ribbon for a complete look. Spring is a beautiful season of renewal and refreshment so let’s get your home ready with a few new looks.
Decorating for Summer
Summer is a season of relaxation as kids enjoy their break from school and vacations are just beginning. Warm, sunny days filled with places to go like beaches, mountains, or just downtown, Summer was built for hanging out with the people we love. Our home should be a reflection of that vibe both in and out. Bold colors and comfortable accents are a great start. You can even go with a theme like a mediterranean coastal vibe or rustic cabin getaway by incorporating certain color palettes and textures. Think a playful pattern for an area rug or bright teal pillows for the sofa paired with a calming neutral. Maybe a new splash of paint to your front door can bring a touch of Summer to the outside of your home. Speaking of outdoors, Summer is the perfect opportunity to revamp your outdoor living areas including kitchens and patios to be a place of welcome from the heat. Be sure to have plenty of shaded areas with comfortable seating options available so everyone can enjoy the afternoons and early evening dinners. Summer is also a great time to take advantage of those extra hours of daylight by placing some layers for your window treatments which allow you to work with the light. Maximize the early morning and late afternoon rays when the sun is not as intense but then you can block it during the hottest part of the day. Don’t forget about your front porch by having some easy yet cute decorative containers to store shoes and such as family and friends endlessly make their way in and out of the house. Summer is a delightful season that simply cherishes each today.
Decorating for Fall
Fall is a season of change as we slowly put away the carefree days of Summer and begin preparing for the shift in temperature. Glowing reds, vibrant oranges, and rich yellows are among the main color choices which pair beautifully with neutrals of nature such as white, beige, and wood tones. These color combinations can also work well with a wide variety of decor pieces such as your wreath for the front door or even a tablescape. Incorporating nature’s elements into your home decor makes for unique pieces such as gathering pine cones and placing them in a glass jar to use in your entryway or fireplace mantle. For another layer of interest you can paint some of them various colors. Apples, pears, pumpkins, oh my! These are some budget friendly decorative options as well. Fall is also the perfect opportunity to use some old wooden crates, mason jars, and other antique items paired with flowers or candles. Other wooden accent items that can be used in and outside the home include dough bowls and even miniature branches or stumps. Combining them with other items found in nature like pine cones, flowers, and even acorns work well for patio decor or foyers. Don’t be afraid to explore a range of design options and places like Pinterest abound with inspiration no matter if you like a minimalist or slightly more abundance in your seasonal decor.
Decorating for Winter
Winter is a season that was built for being cozy and comfortable, both of which should be reflected in your decor items. Start with warm blankets placed strategically in your home so that they are available when needed by whomever needs them. They can be laid on the backs of your favorite chairs or couches as well as stored in decorative floor baskets. Candles are another great winter item that not only make the space smell amazing but cast an inviting glow in the room for everyone to enjoy. Consider adding a few soft area rugs as they are warmer and definitely can make a space feel very cozy. Maximizing natural light matters in the winter months since there is less of it. Placing some extra mirrors in the room can help to reflect the sun rays and lighten your window treatments too. If your home has a fireplace, rearrange the furniture closer to it since it makes it easier to stay warm plus it creates a place of connection for everyone to gather together. Winter is a beautiful season and should be celebrated inside and out.
Decorating your home for the season
Home is the one space that is dedicated to not just our place to crash but connect. It is where we gather with those we love and spend time together doing things we enjoy. How we decorate it matters and blending a few extras that reflect the season can make it that much more personalized and welcoming. It also helps us prepare for each change in the weather and function better through it. Even just a few simple adjustments is all you need to transform your home for each season with some pieces reusable for each round. Gather ideas from decorative blogs like Better Homes and Gardens and get started on your seasonal decor.
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