One of the first things I do as soon as the summer temps fade and the crisp fall air moves in is get rid of the white accents and elements that I incorporate around my house for the spring and summer (like white cotton bedding and throw pillows) and replace them with warm, comfortable autumnal tones. But you don’t have to stop with just accents. The fall is a good time to experiment with new paint colors, trim, and fabrics to change your mood along with the seasons.
Right now, my living room is very, very summer-friendly. We have light furniture, light flooring, and light (boring) walls. In my house, the living room is like our family’s town square; particularly during the fall and winter months, when we’re spending less time outdoors. It’s where we meet, sometimes eat, entertain, do homework, organize schedules, cheer for our favorite football team, and basically discuss the world’s problems. Considering we spend 80% of our time there, I want to do something that will make it homey and inviting.
I’ve been looking for some inspiration on how to tweak our living room for the fall and I came across this photo. Now, for those of you who read my blog regularly, you know that I typically like classic, clean white trim. But I do occasionally change my mind when the circumstance (or season) calls for it. I am really in love with the darker wood trim and moulding in this image. Paired with the lighter wood floor and the neutral walls and furniture, this is a living room I could sink into with a great book and a roaring fire, with a game on in the background. And considering everything I already have is neutral, this custom wainscoting detail would create just the right fall element for our living room. And by adding my white accessories in the spring and summer, I can lighten it back up again.
I think what inspires me the most about this idea is that I can do it myself and make a pretty dramatic transformation fairly easily and affordable. You can find pre-finished moulding and trim at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot, and they often have “do-it-yourself” classes on the weekends where they can help you measure, cut, and place the trim.
Of course, I found this other image with beautiful, white picture framing detail on the walls. It doesn’t seem as fall-like as the dark wood, but with some dark colored accents and throw pillows, this could also be an easy summer-to-fall, fall-to-summer design idea. Choices, choices!