Give Your Space New Life for Fall with Seven Tips from Interior Decorator Liz Toombs
With two companies focused on decorating, Polka Dots & Rosebuds Interiors, and the DIY service, Out of the Box Room Design, Liz Toombs knows the steps to freshening up interiors without spending a bundle. “Transitioning your home for the fall season does not have to mean the same old thing,” says Toombs. “Whether your style is shabby chic or contemporary, there are plenty of updates that don’t stretch your wallet or stress you out.”
Kentucky-based Liz Toombs, C.I.D., decorates homes, businesses, and Greek housing on college campuses from New York to Washington State. With two companies focused on decorating, Polka Dots & Rosebuds Interiors, and the DIY service, Out of the Box Room Design, Toombs knows the steps to freshening up interiors without spending a bundle.
“Transitioning your home for the fall season does not have to mean the same old thing,” says Toombs. “Whether your style is shabby chic or contemporary, there are plenty of updates that don’t stretch your wallet or stress you out.” Here are Toombs’ tips to welcome fall:
1. Layer your lighting – Add new lamps or move existing ones around within your space. And, candles are an inexpensive way to add ambiance, warmth and a nice scent.
2. Orange does not have to scream Halloween – “Orange is a great color for fall. As the daylight hours grow shorter, a lot of people like to brighten up their homes. Orange is a perfect pop of color on pillows, throws, bedding and accessories,” adds Toombs.
3. Warm up those pillows - Chenille and wool are welcoming fabrics for cooler temps. Look for pillows or covers in those fabrics or make them yourself. And, if you want to follow design trends, pillows are an inexpensive way to do so.
4. Give your bedding a lift – Toombs explains, “I have clients who change out their bedding seasonally. They go darker for winter and brighter for summer. It’s less about the weight of the bedding and more about the aesthetic factor of warming up a room for relaxation.”
5. Don’t be matchy-matchy – The shabby chic look of mixed finishes is in and Toombs says it’s simple to create, “You can rough-up furniture and/or use chalk paint to create a distressed finish. And, don’t get caught up in everything matching. A TV console can be covered in chalk paint, while end tables have a wood finish. When you have the same finishes, a room can look forced.”
6. Group your artwork – You are likely to have summer photos that deserve showcasing or maybe you just want to switch around your artwork. When doing so, Toombs says to go for grouping, “Pictures and artwork are so much more impactful when clustered together on one wall versus spread out individually on every wall. Don’t be afraid to mix various sized items together. You can even use groupings to hide unsightly elements like a thermostat in the middle of the wall.”
7. Perk up those pumpkins – Few items symbolize fall more than pumpkins, but that doesn’t mean you have to go the traditional route. “Don’t just think orange; pumpkins can be updated to blend in with your decor. Consider painting old ones or adding glitter. When arranging, pumpkins have more impact when grouped in two to three areas instead of being spread around a room,” Toombs advises.
About Liz Toombs, C.I.D. - Toombs owns Polka Dots & Rosebuds Interiors as well as the DIY service, Out of the Box Room Design. Toombs is a University of Kentucky graduate and Certified Interior Decorator (C.I.D.) who offers complete design services for homes, offices and Greek housing. Toombs’ work can be seen on campuses including the University of Kentucky, University of Maryland, and Florida State University. Read more on www.PolkaDotsAndRosebuds.com and www.OutOfTheBoxRoomDesign.com