(Family Features) Let the change in weather be your cue to swap out your summertime décor with the bold, rich tones of autumn. Whether your style is contemporary or early American, these design tips will add festive fall spirit to any home.
Try some of these simple tips to bring cheer to last you from September through Thanksgiving:
Front porch picks: A colorful spread of real pumpkins and gourds always adds pizzazz to a front porch or walkway. Be sure to get a variety of colors and sizes. Add height by positioning them on hay bales or vintage wood crates. If you don't have room for giant pumpkins, consider placing a couple dozen mini pumpkins in a large wire basket. These cheery orange orbs are affordable and can be purchased at your local grocer.
Mercury glass goodies: For a vintage touch, look for pumpkins, gourds and pinecones made from mercury glass. Available in a variety of colors from silver to green, this reflective glass brings shine to rooms and goes great with any style.
Front door finery: A simple autumn wreath adds charm to the whole home, adding curb appeal. Faux pumpkins, gourds, sunflowers, pinecones and leaves are all great elements of a classic fall wreath. For a simpler touch, go with a wreath of berries in one rustic color.
Muted must-haves: If the bright oranges, rusty reds and sunflower yellows aren't your thing, embrace fall in a minimalist manner. Consider placing acorns or small pinecones in clear glass vases for an organically inspired centerpiece. Or, look for naturally white pumpkins, also known as ghost pumpkins, for a less bold take on this seasonal symbol.
Lovely Leaves: Those falling leaves outside boast a multitude of rich, dramatic hues. Check your local craft and hobby store for a wide variety of leafy garland. From understated styles to thicker versions full of berries and fall foliage, it makes a gorgeous statement when draped across mantles, banisters and entryways.
So, fill your mug with spiced cider and get to decorating. You'll love celebrating this exciting season with a beautifully bedecked home.