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Fall Decorating Advice For Beginners
Everyone has to start somewhere, especially when it comes to decorating. Even the experts had to learn the hard way by making mistakes. Really, you shouldn't worry about making mistakes if you're new to the decorating game. Trying to bring life to a new home (Congrats!) or space can be difficult, and the detailed interior decorating photos posted around the Internet can lead to ambitious attempts to pull together a theme that's beyond your resources and expertise. It's easy to be overwhelmed when you're just starting out. We can't structure your creative process or guarantee the perfect path for your budget. However, we can make a few simple suggestions to get you thinking about how to approach your space if decorating for fall for the first time.
The best fall decorations, and decorations in general for that matter, don't come together all at once. It's a process that begins with one decision. Like the beautiful oak tree blooming with red, orange and yellow leaves outside, the trunk is needed for the branches to grow, while the roots are necessary for the tree to survive. If your home, specifically the rooms in your home, are the roots, the trunk is the theme from which all your decorating ideas can branch out. Choosing the theme for your entire home might seem daunting, but identifying it first will make things easier.
Feature Your Favorites
You might think that the theme of your fall decorating is, well, fall. While that's true, beginners can find themselves stumbling out of the starting blocks with such a broad idea. When starting out, it's important to figure out your favorites. What do you like most about fall? Is it the colors of the autumn leaves? Maybe it's the golden country character of a Midwest farm or that crisp fall feeling of a family apple picking. Start with a favorite memory or a beloved fall feature, and you'll find yourself imagining your space with a specific color palette and specific elements to feature in your overall design.
Strive For More Senses
If there's anything beginners tend to ignore the first time decorating for fall, it's remembering that home decorating is about inspiring a feeling in the people who experience it. It's possible to target more senses than vision. Scent is often undervalued as a part of the home-decorating experience. Finding the right fall scent, whether it's with candles, tart warmers or fragrance oil, can fill the gaps in simple designs and tie together your fall theme. Putting together a fall music playlist is another option for setting the tone. And less open to interpretation, adding textures with a fall feel like burlap for a country look or more natural, outdoor elements like fall leaves can bring a compelling layer to any space while complementing the color palette you picked.
Stick With Your Strengths
Another important thing to think about during the brainstorming process is exactly where you plan on focusing your efforts. You might have your heart set on creating the perfect entryway for the fall season to usher guests inside, or keep imagining an autumn table for Thanksgiving complete with a bountiful centerpiece. For beginners, it's a good idea to start with the area of your home you really want to decorate. In this way, you'll know your budget is being spent on the place where you'll be spending the most time, and your efforts are being used for the spot that will make the biggest impact for entertaining purposes. Decorating can take time, so you want to make sure you finish your most important project in case you get delayed.
Rooms Tied Together
The home decor in your entryway doesn't necessarily have to match perfectly with a rustic barn star on the front porch, but if you're trying to give your entire home a cohesive fall feel, tying an array of rooms together with common elements is key. Bringing your theme together across the board is easier than you think. Using a single room as a focal point, take specific elements, even multiple elements, from that featured fall space. Apply these elements, whether it's a fall color, a featured texture or that particular fall scent, in broad strokes or loosely connected to provide each room with a distinct link to your central theme.
Once you wrap your head around how to approach fall decorating, it will be a lot easier to find the pieces you need to bring your project to life. Find everything you need to decorate for the fall season at The Lakeside Collection, from kitchen tablecloths and placemats to accent pillows.