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September, 2011

A cozy kitchen

Decorating Trends Still Going Strong in Fall

The traditional warmth of fall colors can add a welcoming feel that you can enjoy all year long.

Accents in the family room

Your home's most spacious rooms offer some of the best opportunities for fall decorating. Have a light-colored sofa? Add a warm brown cover or a burnt-orange throw. Hardwood floors can be warmed up with throw rugs. Layering rugs lets you mix textures and patterns, shapes and sizes to fit the season. Plus, using several smaller rugs rather than a single large one provides flexibility and can also save money. Your carpets might be neutral, but placing some woven baskets on the floor filled with persimmon-colored throw pillows or blankets will beautifully accent any room.

Pairing retro with modern styles is very popular these days. So don't be afraid to put up traditional lace curtains alongside those contemporary, sleek home electronics. It can really cozy up a room as temperatures outside dip. If you're looking for a real out-of-the-box idea, try a fusion of Victorian style and technology widely known as "steampunk." Oversized clocks, gears and touches of leather are typical elements of steampunk, which is quickly becoming mainstream.

Cozy in the kitchen

Dark wood cabinets of mahogany or cherry create a rich ambiance, though the right shade of paint on your existing cabinets could help you more affordably achieve your goal. Autumn's natural variety of color allows you to choose from more conservative earth tones and muted colors or go with brighter reds, oranges and yellows. Either way, your kitchen will have a consistent and timeless look that feels warm and cozy.

A showpiece in many traditionally inspired kitchens is a faucet with an oil-rubbed bronze finish. The Woodmere family from Moen is a perfect example, suited for any home. It's rich, brown, old world appearance presents striking light and dark accents. For a lighter yet equally antique feel, consider the Mediterranean bronze finish of Moen's Linley collection.

Quick bedroom makeovers

Bedrooms can be dressed for the season with comforters and blankets in espresso brown, deep tones of regal purple and rich reds. For an extra flourish, add curtains or drapes in burnt orange or herbal greens with teal and mustard accents. However, fall 2011 is also seeing black and white with bright pops of color.

A leading trend in home decorating in 2011 is mixing highly contrasting textures. Picture a suede finish wall paint next to soft lace curtains with masculine leather or tweed upholstered furniture. Rooms with a low-contrast color scheme can enjoy a luxurious upgrade with a high level of texture contrast.

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