If we’re heading towards warmer weather now, the desire to have your home light, bright and airy should be growing. We know that during the the winter you’re going to want to create a warm and inviting atmosphere, which often means that the decor is a little darker, a little heavier. However, if you want to lighten things up, it's time for brighter decor.
Let’s style a summery living room:
The Flooring: I imagine, unless your budget allows, the floor is not going anywhere. However, you can swap out a heavier piled throw rug for a lighter one, either in color or fabric, like sisal or jute.
The Walls: If you're not about that painting life, then try switching out the artwork. Framed pieces in brighter colors are a welcomed addition to any warm weather decor.
Window Treatments: For the curtains, you could check out companies such as Deconovo for sheer, white panels and a lightweight, cotton valance.
Accessories: Furnish the sofa with throw pillows and throw blankets in a lightweight fabric (chenille is great) that complements your window treatments, and you’ve got yourself a really nice, bright, and pretty living room!
A Warm & Cozy Bedroom
Envisioning the colder months at home have us wrapped up in blankets, piled on top of pillows and enveloped in the warm scent of vanilla sugar (ok maybe that's my vision, but it still sounds good, eh?). The bedroom is the easiest to transform from season to season, thanks to the bed being the focal point of the room. Gorgeous comforter sets in different fabrics and styles make any type of decor style work.
Let's style a warm and cozy winter bedroom:
Flooring: Whether or not your bedroom is carpeted, the addition of small throw rugs on either side of your bed will be a welcomed feeling on your tootsies as you wake in the morning. Personally, I added one of those trendy flokati rugs shaped like a bearskin.
Bedding: While I absolutely adore a holiday-themed bed set, A winter comforter set should get you through the entire season. And that means a solid color with patterned accessories, like throw pillows and blankets.
Window Treatments: Window treatments are generally heavier in winter, especially in the bedroom, mostly to help combat drafty windows. Choose a fabric with a thermal lining for added warmth.
Accessories: Fairy lights, candles, and extra throw blankets in a chunky cable knit or cozy fleece are the perfect accessories for a warm and cozy bedroom.
Spring Showers (And Sinks, And Tubs)
The bathroom is the one place in the house that makes me think of spring all year round, and it's probably because of the water element. A neutral color scheme allows for colorful accessories in the bath year round, too, and spring makes me think of sage green and buttery yellow straight away. Natural elements like wicker, jute, bamboo, stone and wood complete a bathroom with a spa-like feeling. And who doesn't love a spa-like bath, with sleek fixtures and well appointed accessories? Not this girl, that's for sure.
Let's style a spa-like, spring bathroom:
Storage: Your bathroom needs storage, whether it's in in the form of shelves, cabinets or baskets. Braided rope storage boxes and laundry hampers work really well, as does wood plank shelving and cabinets that mimic plantation shutters. Apothocary jars in various sizes help to hold necessities like cotton balls and cotton swabs. Wicker baskets are perfect for storing washcloths and hand towels, in various shades of green and yellow, of course!
Fixtures: While it make not be feasible to swap out all your bathroom fixtures, the one I strongly suggest replacing is the shower head. You can switch to an adjustable rainfall type shower head rather inexpensively, with prices ranging from $25 - $50.
Lighting: A dark, uninspiring bathroom is not conducive to a spa-like feeling. I'm not quite sure what it is about Connecticut homeowners placing windows in the shower, but I have one and it's my bathroom's only source of natural light. If your bathroom lacks ambient lighting like mine, create your own. I have a 24" x 24" wall mirror positioned directly across from that pitiful light source, but it helps to reflect and double the natural light. It's the mirror's only purpose.
Accessories: No spa-like bathroom would be complete without plants, candles and boutique-style toiletries. Using fragrances such as citrus, bergamot, sweet pea and eucalyptus will capture the ess-scents of spring (see what I did there?). Adding a bamboo bath mat is great for the aesthetic, but it's is also antibacterial and eco-friendly.
An Autumnal Country Kitchen
If there's one season and one room I could spend all my time in, it'd be fall in my country kitchen. I just love the colors of fall (like, who doesn't?) and they work so well with country or farmhouse decor. A "modern" country kitchen (that is, one from this century) should have neutral color palette of whites, creams and light grays, with natural hard surfaces such as wood and granite. Beadboard, shiplap and wainscotting add an old-timey country look to any kitchen. And a kitchen faucet in rubbed bronze over an exposed apron sink is not a bad touch, either. How gorgeous of a backdrop does this sound for all things autumn?
Let's style a country kitchen in fall:
Door Mats, Kitchen Mats, Table Cloths And Other Soft Goods: You know I'm going to say, without a doubt, that accessories such as kitchen mats, dishtowels, oven mitts and other fabrics in the kitchen should be peppered with autumnal colors. Think of shades like red, orange, yellow, brown, and even black when picking out fall decor for the kitchen. Alternatively, black and cream buffalo check is a modern twist on fall farmhouse decor that can carry itself throughout winter.
Natural Elements: A country kitchen, especially in fall, should have a spot on a wall for one very well crafted wreath. A two-toned berry wreath highlights two of the seasons brightest colors. Other natural elements include sheaths of wheat, Indian corn, pussy willows, gourds and ornamental squash. Create a lovely centerpiece on a table or a shelf to show off the colors of the season.
Distressed, Vintage, Antique or Faux-All-Of-The-Above: What I love about country decorating is that there's no need or necessity to purchase brand new, matchy-matchy furniture. The entire look is predicated upon old time, country charm. You could furnish your kitchen replete with table, chairs, cabinets, shelving and more just by visiting flea markets, tag sales and vintage / antique stores. You can pick these pieces up for a song, considering most will negotiate prices with you. Dress up your new-old kitchen collection for fall with crockery from brands like Rae Dunn and Pioneer Woman.
Accessorize: No country kitchen is complete without a ton (and I mean a ton) of accessorizing. I mentioned a few above, but there oh, so much more.
What kind of style and season is your favorite? What would you have liked to see here? Let me know in the comments below!
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