A Guide To Decorating Your Home By Season
The changing seasons are a great time to redesign and refresh your home while keeping it sophisticated. That, of course, doesn’t mean you need to go overboard and do a major makeover. Even changing a few décor pieces or getting a new rug for your living room can make a world of difference. Keep reading if you want to learn about decorating your home according to the time of the year.
OVERALL GUIDELINES FOR DECORATING BY SEASON
Decorating a home by season is the easiest way to maintain its appearance fresh and interesting. Changing seasonal items, such as mini pumpkins, candle lanterns, or bowls of seashells, can enhance both your mood and the style of your residence.
Depending on your taste, you can go for seasonal items or add colors and textures representing a season. Fluffy winter white, light green in spring, deep silky yellow for summer, and rich maroon to mark a fall – these are just a few ideas to apply and make your own.
Begin by finding a few accessible places where you can switch out décor around the dining room, living room, staircases, and other areas. Being able to replace most items effortlessly is a crucial element; it saves you time and effort, allowing frequent refreshes of the space appeal.
Always keep in mind that even the smallest detail can make a difference.
A handy tip for beginners and anyone too busy to devote: buy sets of items or small pieces in the same color palette and place them throughout the home, creating a more put-together appearance with minimal effort.
Ideas for decorating your home in spring, image credit: Apartment Therapy
DECORATING YOUR HOME FOR SPRING
Spring is all about rebirth and renewal. March is the time to wake up from the winter sleep and welcome the season of new beginnings by changing decorations. While those dark colors felt great in the winter, it is time to swap them for something fresher and brighter.
One of the easiest ways to update your home is by adding greenery in the form of a bouquet of fresh flowers or a small tree. It will provide a dash of freshness to kick start the change. Next, brighten up the mood by using lighter fabrics. Put away the cable knit blankets and heavy comforters and replace them with more delicate fabrics. Focus on finer texture and go for neutral colors – whites, pale pink, and tan carry a refined lightweight vibe.
You can also switch your curtains, opting for a sheer fabric in pastel hues. Follow the story with rugs, decorative pillows, and throws. Aim to add more light to the rooms and convey a breezy feel.
Unless you prefer a simple and solid look, this would be a great time to go for whimsical patterns. Add textiles with floral prints. Put some cheeky accents on side tables and mantels. In addition, spread delicate flowers, floral arrangements, or garlands throughout your home, from the entryway to bedrooms.
Keep the scent arrangements but change the fragrance to something bloomy.
DECORATING YOUR HOME FOR SUMMER
Hot days need interior decor that helps you feel fresher. As temperatures start to rise, it’s time to bring summer notes to your home. Depending on your location, early to mid-June would be an excellent time to switch to the lightest decor available.
Summertime is most about enjoying outdoor spaces, including balconies, terraces, and patios. However, it doesn’t mean that you should neglect the inside of the house. As always, start by adding silky and breathable fabrics. Use linen or satin/silk cushions and sheets, and change the rugs to cotton/viscose summer editions – or omit them entirely.
When it comes to curtains, consider modern blackout versions. All-year models with thermal insulation properties can help you keep the temperature in the bedrooms more sustainable during the peak of the day and more pleasant in the evening.
Freshen up the interior with vibrant hues, such as orange, yellow, or fuchsia. Layout colorful tablecloths with strong patterns. Alternatively, go for cool light blues and greens that will make the space feel fresher and airier. Add wicker baskets and nautical-inspired art for a full coastal vibe.
Complete the decor with flower arrangements, summer wreaths, and tropical fruit bowls. Wrap it all up in citrusy or sea-breeze scents.
Ideas for decorating your home in spring, image credit: CovetED
DECORATING YOUR HOME FOR FALL
As the days get shorter and cooler, we start to spend more time inside searching for a soft warmness. Depending on your location, any time between early September to mid-October might be good for deepening the decor scheme.
Ideal locations for decorating your home at this time of year are the entryway, dining room, and living room mantel.
Adding pumpkins is the simplest and most traditional way to announce colder days. Apart from outside the house, you can also place them in the kitchen, dining room, or around a fireplace in the living room. Replace the lightweight fabrics with thicker ones in warmer hues. Go for deep green, burnt orange, brown, or maroon.
Add texture. Bring back thick rugs. Lay throws over sofas and complement them with patterned cushions in deep jewel tones. Flower arrangements still have a place in fall decor, displayed in copper, iron, or brass vases and bowls. Top that up with seasonal accents such as mini pumpkins, berries, apples, fall leaves, or pine cone clusters.
Use scents of cinnamon, apple, rum, and vanilla to warm up the atmosphere.
DECORATING YOUR HOME FOR WINTER
When winter rolls around, it is all about feeling cozy and warm. That is also a perfect opportunity to decorate with plenty of textiles. Late November/early December is a good time to start preparing for the coldest yet merriest time of year.
Since you are most likely spending time indoors, aim to make the space as cozy and pretty as possible. Focus on rooms in frequent use – living room, dining room, even kitchen or bedrooms.
Decorating a living room is the key. It’s where most of us spend time with family and friends – so keep it inviting. Incorporate some shaggy, fluffy accents to add warmth and maximize coziness. It can be a rug, a sheepskin or a hide, some decorative cushions, or throws. A thick, soft, wintery knit will also do the trick.
Add seasonal scents. An electric diffuser will do, but nothing beats the magic of winter candlelight. Christmas blends, spicy cinnamon, sweet vanilla, or edgy ginger will fit the decoration and enhance genuine winter vibes. Group the candles with a reed diffuser into a stylish display on a coffee or side table. For extra festivity, decorate the setting with fairy lights.
Winter Holiday Decoration
As the holiday season takes a full speed, start adding evergreen foliage. A mantel, staircases, doors, and windows will host this kind of decoration beautifully. Create a festive ambiance with nature-inspired decorations based on wood, pinecones, dried seasonal fruits, sprigs, and branches of holly.
Holiday decor is full of temptations. To avoid impulse buying and getting lost in a chaotic mess, choose a theme in advance and stick to it. It could be traditional reds and greens, pastels, modern whites & golds – whatever makes you happy. Sticking with the theme will allow you to create a cohesive look, especially if you continue the story started with textiles.
Don’t forget to decorate your home’s exterior. Even if you are not a fan of going full-Christmassy with the numerous light installations, add a couple of baskets, wreaths, or a stack of wood to create a stylish introduction to the world inside.
THE KEY ADVICE: DON’T OVERDO!
Less is still more when it comes to decorating your home. Plan ahead, carefully and thoughtfully, to avoid impulse buying. Although seasonal, many of those items will be used more than once – so give advantage to quality over quantity.