Sprucing up for the fall is a common bed and breakfast ritual. Certainly, if you’ve a favorite B&B you routinely visit, you’ll notice the seasonal changes innkeepers will make in their décor. From the simplest of things like locally grown flowers in vases, to more extravagant efforts such as the changing out of curtains, B&B’s are known for keeping the spirit of the season all about the place.
Want to decorate in the manner of a B&B innkeeper? There’s no magic secret to it; all that’s needed is a little creativity, simple supplies, and the desire to have a wonderfully beautiful atmosphere in your own home. In no time, the metamorphosis from summer to fall will surround your family and welcome your guests, preparing them for the ever-shortening days and cooling nights to come.
Here are five great tips from B&B innkeepers for ensuring your own fall season home interior transformation:
1) Think colors. With the foliage of the world around you changing green to gold to brown, and bold orange pumpkins chopped off the vine to populate grocer stocks, it’s easy to witness the colors of fall in all their glory. Have you ever seen the burst of a flaming red maple in October, or the rustic hues of winter wheat in the field?
Perhaps, you’ve passed a garden blooming with the pastel purple and white heads of kale? Fall is a time of earthen hues, and complimenting your décor with accessories that bring out these colors is guaranteed to bring that festive fall spirit into your home.
2) Think simple. Unlike the dramatic (and laborious) overhaul that’s often undertaken for Christmastime
decorating, fall seasonal changes can be made with simple additions here and there. What could be easier than carving out the center of miniature pumpkins and dropping in votives or tea-candles? Imagine how much difference could be made by switching out bright throw pillow covers or table runners for ones in the more subtle tones of fall.
3) Think flowers. To be certain, fresh flowers in vases are nice any time of the year. They bring a sense of joy and creativity into the spaces they occupy. However, this is particularly true in the harvest season. Chrysanthemums are hardy fall flowers found in a wide range of colors and bloom shapes. Placed in the foyer or about your hearth, potted mums are elegant accents to any room or décor. Placed outside on your front steps in concert with flowering kale or sweet potato vine, mums are also a bright greeting for your guests.
4) Think nature. As opposed to the bright boardwalk stylings of summer, fall is all about back to nature. Traditionally a time of giving thanks for the success of the harvest, fall is also when we gather and store stocks for the winter months ahead. In terms of décor, you can suggest these cornucopia feelings through simple expressions of the outside, inside. Pine cones are generally plentiful throughout the United States – often, you can find them just lying around the grounds of your office building or local park. Arranged in bowls or along the mantel, pine cones, multi-color corn husks, dried leafs, holly twigs, acorns, and other products of nature are simple ways apply a natural fall accent.
5) Think family. Most homes exhibit the same family photos throughout the year, with the occasional update for new births, graduation, weddings, and so forth. However, as you might expect an influx of extended family to drop in, think about bringing out a few more oldies family photos to inspire nostalgic memories of days of yore. In inexpensive vintage frames found in resale shops or garage sales, old family photos brought once again into the
light of dens, libraries, or game rooms are sure to bring smiles to faces.
Sprucing up for the fall is often the inspiration you need for the promise of a joyous holiday season through the remainder of the year. It’s certainly something most B&B innkeepers do for their autumnal guests. Give these simple changes a try this season, and witness the elevated spirit that others get from being in your home in the fall.