The touches of fall surround us with crisp fresh air and bright colorful leaves drifting through the air. What a pleasure it is to decorate our homes with the vibrant colors of autumn. Its so easy to incorporate the touches of southwest decor into your home during this magnificent season!
Fall is such a colorful time of year. The lovely bold colors associated with the season work so well with our southwest decorating. These two elements working together in your home will create a wonderful masterpiece!
As you begin your fall decorating project, if you plan to purchase new furniture, a good choice would be a leather sofa and love seat or chair in a rich deep shade of brown. Or, if you are on a smaller budget and plan to use existing pieces of furniture, shop for inexpensive sofa and love seat or chair covers, choosing the same rich brown color tone.
When deciding on accent pieces, look for accessories that bring in the colors of fall such as wall hangings, woven rugs and throw pillows in tones of gold, brown, orange, red and rust. With a little creative effort, everything throughout the room will flow together beautifully.
If you have an area such as a coffee table or dining table and are looking for a rustic southwestern centerpiece, a hand carved wooden dough bowl, made by the Tarahumara Indians of northern Mexico, filled with an array of fat chunky candles in various heights, with a cinnamon or spice scent is ideal. Surround the candles with colorful fall leaves made of silk and add a sprinkle of potpourri. (Be careful to never leave candles unattended.)
A woven wool table runner, in striking fall colors, such as those made by the Zapotec Indians, from southern Oaxaca, placed under the arrangement, will give an attractive artistic touch to the centerpiece. These runners are woven by hand and each is one of a kind. Some weavers incorporate a story within the woven design.
A good focal point for your room is the fireplace. If your room includes one, you may want to consider adding a splash of color along the mantle with small bright pumpkins and gourds and a garland of dried flowers. The wall area above your fireplace is a great place to display an authentic Tarahumara ceremonial drum.
During Holy Week, the Indian men use these hand made drums which are painted with designs using iron oxide from the earth. Owning one of these artistic musical instruments, not only helps the indigenous people of the area, but you’ll also be thrilled to know you hold a piece of important Indian history and culture in your hands.
From the kinds of lighting from you may choose for your southwest room, are options such as lamps made of wrought iron, antler sheds and rustic pottery. Wrought iron would work best in your room if you like more of a Spanish flavor; the deer and moose sheds would be great if your room is aimed more at a southwestern rustic theme and the pottery style lamp would be just right if you desire more of a south of the border look.
But no matter which style of lamp you choose, for a fantastic finish, consider a shade made of dyed suede leather on which a lovely outdoor fall scene has been hand painted. Amazing color choices for the fall season include gold, red, brown, wine and natural.
Once lighting has been selected, comes the extremely fun part of adding the small finishing touches to your room. You might like to place a brightly colored runner in front of the couch to define the space. One option would be to add a rug in front of your fireplace. Add a throw over the back of your couch and place lots of comfy throw pillows for an inviting look.
When choosing art for your walls, paintings should fit within your budget, but more importantly, the art you choose should speak to your soul. Don’t rush to buy. Wait until you are able to choose something that you simply love and know will work well with your room’s decor.
It seems that we are truly inspired during this time of the year and that our creative energies are constantly on the look out for ways to beautify our surroundings. Be sure to add a charming fall wreath to your front door and set out small baskets of candy corn and pumpkins to welcome family and friends.
Take time to create warm fall memories by watching the leaves flutter down slowly from the trees. Enjoy a warm cup of cider with your loved ones and be sure to have the camera ready to capture precious family moments. And remember, harvest is a time of remembering to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives!