This autumn, decorate using the lighter shades of fall. Designer Kelly Rogers has an eye for putting together comfortable and polished transitional living spaces that are homey, inviting and demonstrate soothing color palettes. She called this Sherborn, MA project, “Into the Woods.” Its lighter earthy hues combined with natural amber, clay, brass and melon shades adds a softer fall look compared to darker more traditional fall colored rooms.
Use a Dream Board to Inspire your Palette
One of the best ways to find the right palette for you is the infamous design-seeds website. I’m always inspired by the ability to use a photo that really grabs you and to pull out the colors of the photo to give you a clear direction on what colors to apply in a room. It’s genius!
Here you look at a cabinet of vintage amber and neutral glass wear and suddenly you see how this palette could work for a great room, bedroom or in this case, a living area. Create your own dream board where you collect photos from magazines, pinterest and small items to make a collage of ideas and colorways to help give you even more inspiration! Think muted more pastel autumn accessories to really give an airy and luminous feel to fall rooms.
Be Thoughtful in the Placement of Furniture and Accessories
When you are decorating a space be mindful of the items and colors you want to enhance. Use symmetry when you decorate so when you step back and look at the space it looks balanced, not top heavy or side heavy. Use the space to your advantage but know what your intention is. Is the space to lounge or to converse with guests? Is it a space to watch TV or read a good book? Be intentional and you can’t go wrong.
I love this pretty fireplace nook. The thoughtful touch of rustic reclaimed wood as the mantle and the dark organic metal and wooden accessories go so well with the creamy neutral background. I like that it is simplified and organized. These easy install electric fireplaces really make a difference in smaller homes or in areas where you would want to create an extra sitting area like Kelly has done in this living space. The chairs are covered in this modern graphic which adds to the transitional vibe. I’m also loving the cowhide rug too! Texture, pattern and great color all come into play here.
Let Nature Inspire You to Use Organic Indoors
The world outside is a wealth of enlightenment for your eyes. Let nature inspire you! Here’s another dreamy palette that I pulled from design-seeds. This golden current berry shrub is dripping with sunshine and soft glowing green and persimmon. I really enjoy a room that can echo the deep colors of the outdoors and also give the sunlit softer hues that change from being in the natural lighting.
From the lovely light fixture to the chunky farmhouse seating, this dining area is a welcoming and inviting fall look for rooms. The clay orange color is totally on trend and looks great on the rug, upholstered chair seats and lighting. The use of organic ticking materials on these end chairs and the airy handwoven table runner are the small bits that make this room shine. Notice there are no pumpkins, only fresh leaves picked and placed in a clear water jug for simplicity and drama.
This fall be intentional about your decorating. Use natures hues to influence your space rather than using typical holiday decor. Think outside of the box with more hazy shades and don’t forget to be intentional on placement and use of furniture, lighting and accessories. Happy Decorating!
About designer Kelly Rogers:
An expert in family-centered design, Kelly Rogers works with her clients to create kid and pet (and adult!) friendly homes with decidedly “grown-up” style. She specializes in designing mid-range to high-end spaces that are polished, yet comfortable, colorful, yet serene, and beautiful, yet durable. Now you don’t have to wait until you’re an empty nester to live in a home you truly love!
Kelly’s signature style ranges from traditional to transitional, and incorporates classical design motifs, global influences, fresh color, and unique pattern combinations. She eschews formulaic approaches to create truly original interior spaces with equal parts elegance, simplicity, and practicality. Read more…