By: Karen

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Around this time of year, there are a lot of people trying to update the interior of their homes.  Summer projects have drawn to an end, and with cooler temperatures, it is a good time to focus on indoor projects.  For starters, with the nights being cooler you want to bring some of the warmth back into your home.  All of the bright, colorful accents, and light colors you used to decorate for the summer have started to look out of place.

My suggestion is that, usually a good starting point is to choose a theme or a color palette to work with.  The easiest way to choose this is to get a piece you can draw inspiration from – usually a throw pillow with a pattern is an easy starting point, because it gives you a pretty wide color palette to work with.  At this time of year, it is best to stick with the reds, oranges, golds, and browns, because they automatically bring a feeling of warmth and coziness into the home.  Once you have that starting point, you can use it to match different accents to.  Usually you will find some items around that will already work, but otherwise there are a few inexpensive solutions.  Blankets to throw on the couches, rugs, panels for the windows, or tablecloths. Even something as simple as a bouquet of flowers or floral arrangement can really change the look of the room.

If you are looking to make a little more of an investment, some items that will actually warm up the area would also be a good idea.  Cellular shades, for example, will help to insulate windows, and keep the cold out.  Adding a layer of draperies to already existing blinds or shades is also a good investment that will help keep the heat in during the upcoming months.

All in all, a few changes here and there will really help to change the look and feel of the room.  After you’re done, take some time to relax.  Fall is the perfect time to sit back with a good book next to the fireplace.