This is the time of year when the bright reds, yellows and oranges illuminate the leaves.
There’s no reason fall home decorations should be any less dazzling.
Local tastemakers recommend venturing outside the color lines when decorating for fall.
Suzanne Mattern of Mattern’s Floral and Furnishings in Kingston suggests that in addition to orange and yellow, a touch of deep purple makes decorations pop, even if just in ribbons or small accent pieces.
“Even if you use white pumpkins instead of orange, it makes it more interesting-looking,” Mattern said. “There are a lot of white pumpkins out there and different-shaped pumpkins. It doesn’t necessarily have to be muted colors.”
Lots of bright yellows, oranges and reds will liven up your decor.
“What’s really nice, too — because we use lot of fresh flowers — is adding the gourds and pumpkins in with the fresh flowers,” she said. “Inside we do a lot of silk and fresh flowers. Even adding a lot throughout your house can change the feel of the decor.”
Mattern suggests adding a wreath or some other colorful decoration to the front door to make it more fall-like.
John Phillips and wife, Jennifer Rushton-Phillips, of MCR Productions in West Pittston, advise using fall hues with the jewels amethyst, amber, garnet, emerald and sapphire. A trend is to use fall patterns such as chevron, popular wicker styles and illuminated pumpkins and fall harvest wreaths with signature monograms.
You could use anything from curtains and art work to decorative table cloths and lanterns to decorate the fireplace to give your home a special autumn feel.
“The front porch of your home would be the best spot,” John Phillips said. “You could use orange and white pumpkins. You could even paint them with (black and white) polka dots and stripes, even use hay bales as decoration.”
Bob and Nancy Cannon of Kingston, who decorate the front of their home each fall, this year used pumpkins, hay bales, corn stalks, mums, scarecrows and a small basket of gourds turned sideways with the gourds spilling out onto the hay bale.
“It’s pretty much the same every year,” Bob said. “This year we put this basket. We didn’t have it last year.”
He pointed out a spotlight on the front lawn trained on the display to illuminate it at night.
John Phillips said scarecrows go nicely with the hay bales, and to make pumpkins more interesting, cut holes in geometric shapes and place LED lights inside.
To add a fright factor, artificial trees come with LED lights inside the bare branches.
Indoors, the fall fruit harvest of apples, acorns and pumpkins works great as centerpieces; long ears of corn work well as mantel decor.
Mattern also suggests livening up table settings with a different take on centerpieces.
“For the Thanksgiving centerpiece, there’s a new kind of trend — three or five smaller arrangements going down the table,” Mattern explained.
Each could have a different color scheme — one bright yellow, one bright orange, one bright red.
Then, of course, there are the natural elements.
“With fall, you think of the outdoors,” she said.
So add some rocks to planters, which make for a different element in addition to expected pumpkins and mums. Depending on what kind of look you’re going for, though, the rocks might not work with the more delicate fresh flowers.
“We use a lot of wooden planters,” Mattern said. “They’re using a lot of cork for planters or fresh flowers. Flowers are more organic, so containers are more organic.”
Whatever you do, don’t wait too long. Now is the time to decorate for fall as the leaves continue to turn, become muted and drop. Before long, it will be time for new decorations.
“We’re pretty much all Christmas by mid-November,” Mattern said.