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yet relaxed and elegant furnishings and accents are in for
fall. Simple color palettes centered around burgundy, olive
green, teal, camel, and dark brown are lend themselves to this
throws, slip covers or upholstery fabrics in subdued, classic
floral and plaid. To get a more "menswear" look -
another fashion rage this season - try striped fabrics, even
pinstripes or chalk stripes.
work well against dark stained furniture and with pewter or
antique brass accents. If your old Ikea furniture needs a
reface, try staining with a solid mahogany or deep rosewood stain
to give them a more traditional look. The newer water-based
stains are available now in one-step applications that both stain
and finish. You can usually choose from satin or gloss
Here are some
ways to introduce the traditional look into your home.
painting is out of the question, inject color and texture with
floral pillows, plaid throws, faux shearing blankets to give a
feeling of comfort and warmth. Or, try a dry-strippable border on
your walls that coordinates with your main upholstery
pattern. Slip covers are a practical way to bring life back
to your living room.
Choose fabric patterns
carefully. Small-scale prints can get lost on large surfaces
like a sofa - use it for accent chairs or cushions instead.
That lovely tiny stripe or print pattern that matched your wall
color up close can also fade to a nondescript shade and be lost
when viewed from across the room. Mid-sized patterns are best for
larger pieces. Think about blending rather than matching. Stripes
and gingham always seem to work well with other prints in the same
Chintz and toile are
"hot" again. Both usually marry well with other
patterns as long as they are in the same color family. Look
for those fabrics in prints with dark background colors like teal,
burgundy and brown. If you want to go bold, consider a big-impact
print on a throw cushion first. It might be overwhelming on
a larger piece.
Eliminate clutter with style.
Dark willow storage boxes lined with cotton prints are
great. Use them to catch hats and gloves in the hall under a
bench, or to hold magazines in the living or recreation
room. Add a top to it and you have an instant end table.
Get a large ottoman - this year
it's all the rage to have them quite large and they double as a
coffee table or extra seating. Purchase or build one with interior
storage. These can hold puzzles and games nicely, and you
have the ready made top to spread them out on.
You can even recycle an inexpensive
plastic clothing bin, trunk, or an old toy box into an
ottoman. Wrap with quilting and then with a fabric that
coordinates with your upholstery, stapled or hot-glued into place.
ranging from bird cages on the buffet to large suitcases in sets
of three, to clocks of all descriptions, and mirrors and more
mirrors are another popular twist for this season. Stack up
the old suitcases to create a side table. Faux antique wall
clocks, china flower knickknacks, bronzed wall hooks, and statues
are also popular.
Look for ways to
create little "vignettes" grouping interesting items
together on the wall or on a table or buffet surface. Very
dramatic effects can be created by mounting a large framed mirror
on the wall right above your sideboard or mantle, and then leaning
a smaller, more ornately framed mirror against it - with the
bottom resting on the sideboard.
Antique and regular
brass and bronze are back in again, along with pewter, for
metallic accent pieces such as lamps, picture frames, vases.
So we hope you kept your old ones that fell out of fashion when
the brushed silver finishes were all the rage.
comforters and duvet covers and pillow shams allow you to change
your look seasonally. You can update an existing comforter
or bedspread by adding a plaid bed skirt in coordinating colors,
and adding a few matching toss pillows.
Faux sheep skin throws
are big this year, and add extra warmth and a sense of
coziness. Fake fur is also big for throw rugs too, so try
one beside the bed to give your tootsies a treat.
Tan or camel colored
sheets are popular this season - so try some to pull out that
shade if it is present in any of your existing bedding.
Sheeting is a sensible and inexpensive way to create matching
duvet covers and curtains, too. Tip: To keep your
quilt in place inside the duvet cover, use small safety pins about
6-8 inches apart to hold it across the top edge of the
cover.. They will be hidden by your top sheet.
adding art to the walls can give a room an entirely new
feel. There is nothing more boring than a bare wall.
This year, there's a new twist - leaning art against the
wall! This works to create the little "vignette"
effect on a mantle piece using small prints with votive candles or
flower arrangements nearby, or something more powerful with a
large piece leaned against the wall on a buffet or side board -
flanked by tall candlesticks or thin pedestal lamps.
Most people purchase
art to go with their decor. So a Rembrandt won't go really
well in a minimalist space, nor will a Picasso look right in a
traditional room. Do try to pick art that tunes into the
main colors in your room. But, above all, choose art that
appeals to your intuitive likes. Chances are your home
already includes the colors and themes of art that appeals to
you. So if you like the piece and it makes you feel good,
it's the right one for you.
Take a look at the
space you'll be filling with art. It will need to fill up
the middle two-thirds of the space. You can do this with one
large piece or a grouping of smaller prints. The bottom of
the art should be about 6 to 10 inches above the top of the
furniture below it so they work together visually.
landscapes, use a concave frame - the frame curves in toward the
picture. This give the feeling of being able to walk right
into the scene because the frame draws you in. For portraits
and still life, try convex frames. They make the piece seem
to pop out from the wall to meet you.
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