Let the warmth of autumn influence your home

Birds flying high, you know how I feel. Sun in the sky, you know how I feel.

Kim Meckler

Birds flying high, you know how I feel. Sun in the sky, you know how I feel.

If you have read my column for any length of time you KNOW that I love fall! The sweaters come out of storage, boots are worn and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love the smell and feel of a new leather jacket or gloves at this time of year.

Fall brings crispy leaves and jaw dropping colours.

It also brings out all things pumpkin – the fall of 2014 seems to be going pumpkin spice crazy as everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. In my mind there can never be too much pumpkin loving around, no colour on earth gives me that warm snuggly feeling like pumpkin and the thoughts of the aroma of associated spices like cinnamon and nutmeg almost makes a girl light headed!

Benjamin Moore paints has a colour called Buttered Yam (AF-230) and even though it might be scary for some of you to apply to your walls, it would make a great accent colour in any colour scheme. I particularly love the combination of grey and orange or grey and warm reddish cognac brown (give AF-235 Warmed Cognac a try). The warm tones combined with the cool grey hues that are so popular right now make a perfect marriage for those of you wanting to foray into greys while still having the security of a warm accent.

I’m sure I write about my love for fall every year and I hope nobody has grown tired but it is just such a beautiful time of year!

I hope you are out enjoying all it has to offer instead of worrying about what is to come…shhh, we will deal with that when it gets here. For now get outside and find your fall inspiration for your home and give your house a double shot of pumpkin love!

These warm colours give off a ‘fragrance’ that takes our imagination away to a warm and cozy place. I think almost every decorative candle in my house is either orange or red because the scents associated with those colours are my absolute favorites.

Regardless of your colour scheme, you can incorporate almost any buttery shade of burnt orange. This gorgeous tone works with any palette and injects a delicious, syrupy hit into any room.

Even if it is in small accessories or artwork give this fall favorite a try, I just know you will love it. Even better, combine the colour with the scent in any room for that perfect fall experience.

I know you have read it a dozen times and every home expert has written an article on fall scents and sights but many of us forget to put the practice into our home – me included!

I don’t think there are many aromatics that will give you the calm snuggly feeling that pumpkin spice and all its associates will.

The combination of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves can bring almost anyone who enters your home into a state of relaxation and peace. It is something you may want simmering on your stove for the next month or so until Christmas scents and sights begin to take over with their glitz and sharp peppermint tones.

For now enjoy the relaxing tones of pumpkin and all its spicy friends, I’m off to get a latte!

Kim Meckler is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre.

 

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