a jump start on this year’s Thanksgiving decorating plans by
incorporating harvest splendor in non- traditional areas. Instead of that
“same old, same old” Thanksgiving centerpiece in the dining area,
dazzle your dinner guests with autumn’s innovative colors and textures
in unexpected spaces!
| Transitional areas
within the home offer a wealth of overlooked opportunities for spotlighting
an interesting harvest theme. Stairways that lead to the kitchen or dining
area allows the ability to highlight the perfect punch of color within
an otherwise nondescript area. Risers on a staircase can be utilized to
showcase natural fall themes. Display wonderfully painted accessories
that tout the warm and spicy color palette of the fall season. Stairway
landings can serve as the ideal location to showcase a handpainted, canvas
accent rug with a bold cornucopia motif.
| One-story homes that
lack stairways can bestow Thanksgiving sizzle to any ordinary hallway
space! Place a plain, small table (simple stools or chairs make wonderful
substitutions for accent tables) that boasts a crowd-stopping arrangement
in a hallway area that is part of your home’s main traffic pattern.
Arrangements can be as everyday or as elaborate as your existing decor. A
‘candy apple’ red painted basket overflowing with bright orange mini
pumpkins offers a cheerful approach to a neutral colored decorating
scheme. Treating a decorative vase to a distressed paint technique atop a
monochromatic and “color-blocked” dry sink all in burgandy tones, is a
more elaborate way of making a distinctively different design statement
using carefully applied color and texture.
|| Any home that is
located in a mild climate can enjoy the luxury of outdoor Thanksgiving
festivities. Weather permitting; suburban backyards, condominium patios
and even apartment rooftops can be treated to the colors and textures
of autumn. Oversized planters that are painted with the rich, bold colors
of the season and filled with colorful fresh blooms take center stage
when placed beside the “al fresco” dining area. Although traditional
harvest colors integrate particularly well with a neutral exterior color
palette, do not allow existing color palettes
| to prevent you from re-fashioning
an exterior living space for the holiday. Quick “non-permanent”
fixes are available to help the do-it-yourself decorating enthusiast!
Plain slipcovers can be used to impart a distinctive color scheme within
the dining area. Painted borders and freehand motifs can be creatively
applied to solid colored slipcovers, using your favorite harvest color
palette. Easily painted accessories (including planters, pedestals, and
table top accessories) allow for “in a jiffy”, exciting and
colorful outdoor Thanksgiving celebrations!
| This November, whether
you opt for an indoor or outdoor Thanksgiving holiday, make it a special
celebration by injecting a touch of the colorfully unexpected into your
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