Fall Decorating(Edited from AP) Don’t be fooled by all the attention paid to “spring cleaning,” says interior decorator and professional organizer Kathryn Bechen.

The transition from summer to fall can be an even better time to get your home organized and in shape, since many of us shift our focus indoors.

The approach of fall is an opportunity, Bechen says, to infuse your space with enough color and warmth to carry you through the winter ahead.Fall Decorating(Edited from AP) Don’t be fooled by all the attention paid to “spring cleaning,” says interior decorator and professional organizer Kathryn Bechen.

The transition from summer to fall can be an even better time to get your home organized and in shape, since many of us shift our focus indoors.

The approach of fall is an opportunity, Bechen says, to infuse your space with enough color and warmth to carry you through the winter ahead.

CLEAN AND CLEAR

Late summer and early fall are the ideal times to go through your wardrobe and kitchen cabinets selecting things for donation, says Donna Smallin, an organizing and cleaning guru whose most recent book is “A to Z Storage Solutions” (Storey, 2008). If you wait any longer, she says, the holidays will arrive and you won’t get the donation done in time for the coming year’s tax return.

Be tough, she says: Warm-weather items that you didn’t use this past spring and summer really should go.

Interior designer Mallory Mathison advises putting away the plastic and acrylic kitchen items you relied on all summer. Bringing out heavier pottery pieces and baskets will change the look of your kitchen, especially if you use them to display fall vegetables and fruits.

Last, you can clean your home with products that are scented, and bring in woodsy fragrances with sprays and candles.

COLORS AND TEXTURES

There are many creative ways to bring in the warm, deep colors and cozy textures of fall, Mathison says. Some are obvious: bed and bath linens, accent pillows, place mats, cloth napkins. But there are plenty of other opportunities for injecting fall colors.

Mathison advises clients to swap out white lampshades for warmer colored ones when summer ends. “Say you have a black iron lamp,” she says. “Using a toffee-colored linen shade looks so different than a white silk shade. And it casts a warmer glow.”

She also brings a golden glow to picture frames and furniture using a product called “Rub n Buff,” which gives a warm, burnished look.

And Mathison loves layering rugs at this time of year. “If you have something like a 9-by-12 seagrass rug,” she says, “layer a slightly smaller rug on top” that has deeper colors and a cozy texture.
You can also add warm throw blankets over a sofa or chair.

SMALL MOVES, BIG PAYOFF

Most of us don’t have time to redecorate heavily each season, Bechen says. And we probably don’t have room to store a lot of seasonal items.

For maximum impact without too much work, she suggests focusing seasonal decorating on your front entryway and your dining table.

At the entryway, hang a fall wreath and add a seasonal welcome-mat, Bechen says. Both are available in many styles, from simple to elaborate, and can help put your personal stamp on the space.

For your dining table, add a tablecloth and centerpiece in warm reds, golds and browns. But keep the centerpiece relatively simple, warns Bechen, a basket of pumpkins and gourds, for instance. That way, you can keep it in place while the family eats.

Seasonal decorating, she says, doesn’t have to involve redecorating in every room. Better a handful of small but bold moves. “If you scatter it all throughout the space, it doesn’t have the impact. You want it to pop.”

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