April 18, 2012
Tune Your Décor To Suit The Season
Start with neutral colours for walls, flooring and furniture; then make subtle changes with colourful accents
When spring arrives with its bright sunshine, fresh air, vibrant colours and light, do you find yourself regretting the decorating decisions you made last fall or winter? It’s natural to incorporate the season into your home décor, and the best way to do that is with design touches that can change as easily — and quickly — as the seasons themselves.
While you may love the bright reds and greens of the holiday season or the lush lilacs and blues of spring and summer, making them the foundation of a room’s design can leave the décor feeling out-of-step when the seasons change. By starting out with a foundation of neutral colours in walls, flooring and furnishings, you can add colourful and seasonally appropriate accents. Updating your décor to complement the season is as simple as focusing on a few key areas.
It’s easy to overlook, but lighting is a key element in room design, and one that needs to change with the season. In spring and summer, when sunshine is abundant and the days are longer, you can rely more on natural light. During warm months, you may only need artificial light late in the evening, when the advanced hour makes soft, muted light appropriate. Winter’s shorter days and weaker sunlight lead to greater dependence on artificial light throughout the day, so your lighting design should include options that can be used throughout the day. Most rooms will benefit from a mixture of overhead lighting, floor lamps, wall sconces and table lamps.
While neutral-hued walls make a versatile background for virtually any design, don’t be afraid to spice things up with seasonal touches. Moveable wall covering options like SmartStick from MuralsYourWay.com, make it possible to create a seasonal look with a wall mural — and then remove it and replace it with something different when the season changes.
A patented adhesive allows you to easily place the removable wallpaper on virtually any smooth, flat surface, from windows to walls. You can pull it down, reposition it elsewhere, even fold it up and store it in a drawer for use next year. A wide variety of designs mean you can find something to fit your seasonal décor, and if you don’t see anything you like, you can customize by submitting your own original photo through the website.
If your floor is wood or you have a newer home with builder-installed carpet, you probably already have a neutral palette to work with. Adding seasonal flair to floors is as simple as adding or removing area rugs. Area rugs in rich tones can warm up a room during winter months — especially when wood floors can feel cold underfoot. You can even add an accent rug in evergreen or crimson to underscore your holiday décor. In warm months, when your family spends more time outdoors, a more durable area rug, positioned near entryways can help keep soil, grass clippings and other debris off your carpet or floor.
From window treatments to wall art, accessories are an easy, great way to create a seasonal look in any room. In winter, when you want to keep out the chill, choose heavier drapes in colours that inspire warmth and comfort. For autumn or spring, when you want to welcome in sunlight, lighter, sheerer options can be appropriate. And in summer, when you’ll rely on blinds to block out hot midday sun, pastels and lighter fabrics can be a soothing foil to the utilitarian appearance of blinds.
Just as you change your own wardrobe to stay in step with the seasons, updating your home décor seasonally can help make your home feel welcoming and comfortable. Fortunately, it’s easy to keep your home décor in tune with the seasons when you make a few updates that are easy to change with the season.
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