Welcoming Autumn Into Your Home
While we continue to enjoy dry weather in Western Washington, you can definitely feel a shift in the seasons. The equinox is just ten days away: September 22 when the shift actually occurs. In Western Washington, this is the most dramatic shift (from summer to autumn,) and while we’ve had weather in the seventies and eighties (Fahrenheit,) the nights are cooling off and the leaves are just starting to turn to orange, gold, yellow and rust- such beautiful colors in nature!
It’s naturally time to think about adding some of those fabulous colors and touches to our homes in preparation for cooler days, more rain, and our wearing warmer attire.
Color According to Feng Shui
- Red is associated with fire, parties, reputation, and auspiciousness.
- Yellow or gold represents power, and emperors enveloped themselves in it for many centuries. It is truly an auspicious color, and sits in the center of the Ba-gua along with the Gua for health.
- Orange is a mixture of yellow and red, and is also auspicious in nature, combining happiness and power.
- Brown brings stability and established a sense of depth and establishment.
In an article published through Swedish Hospital, color can impact people in many ways. For example, many people report a preference for warm colors (red, orange and yellow) while sitting in a cool room while others sitting in a warm room indicate a preference for cool colors (i.e: green, blue and violet.) The same could be applied for our outdoor weather: as it cools down, consider using warmer colors in your decor: yellow, yellow-green, orange, red-orange, brown, rust, and red.
This doesn’t mean that you paint your living room school bus yellow*, or you buy a fire engine red sofa, however. Decide on a hue what works as an accent color with your walls, your sofa or sectional, and/or the other major pieces in your room and use it as an accent color: in throw pillows, art, accessories.
Another means of welcoming autumn is to change out your pure white accents, such as candles, pillows, throws, etc. to a creme color, again using texture as well as color.
*That same article published through Swedish Hospital reported that:
- Red is associated with increased appetite, energy, excitement, and passion.
- Too much red (in a bedroom) can disrupt sleep, increase respiration rate, and raise blood pressure, so be aware of that.
- While yellow is often associated with joy, happiness, and excitement, it can have a polarizing effect when people are exposed to it in large amounts.
- Yellow is considered the most difficult color to the eye, and people are more likely to lose their temper and babies are more likely to cry in yellow rooms.
If you’d like to read the whole article, check it out at https://blog.swedish.org/primary-care/how-the-color-of-your-wall-is-affecting-your-health?utm_campaign=June2017&utm_medium=email_free&utm_source=swedishmonthly
Spend a little extra time at the grocery store with decorating in mind. Pumpkins, nuts in the shell, squash, gourds, dried beans, rice, and whole bean coffee can be a wonderful addition to your mantel and/or tablescape. (Think about purchasing various shapes & sizes for more interest, and keep in mind that larger is usually better and odd numbers of items are a great decor trick.) Check those gourds every few days after a few weeks by squeezing them gently to make sure they are still maintaining their integrity. (You’ll avoid cleaning up a mess.) Want to avoid all of this and get authentic-looking artificial gourds? Contact us at the website at the bottom of this entry for further information.
Pumpkins don’t have to just represent Halloween, nor do turkeys have to represent just Thanksgiving. Think through your possessions that often come out for a day or a week during Autumn and use them throughout the season. Small white pumpkins are sometimes available through your favorite plant nursery if you can’t find them at Trader Joe’s.
Take advantage of shorter days (and less daylight) by placing candles throughout your living space. The warmth and ambience they create will make returning from a long, hard day at work so much easier, sliding you into a calmer and welcoming atmosphere.
Change things up for the coming season, even if they are relatively small changes. If you need help with remodeling, or to just adding beautiful touches to your home, please contact me at Shelley@TFI.design, and return September 26 for more decor ideas.