Autumn Leaves, Colors and Decor
Summer flew by and it's September, meaning you can go ahead and start decorating for fall. A quick and simple way to mark the transition from summer to fall is to hang an autumn wreath on your front door, porch or windows. Wreaths are most effective when they reflect the design and architecture of the house (if that sounds strange, picture a modern house with a country-style wreath, or vice versa), the local landscape and native plants, or your interior design. Many wreath owners display mascots or symbols of their favorite football teams -- for some, fall means football and tailgates.
Keep in mind a few design rules of fall wreath display:
- Don't use fresh flowers or foliage if the wreath will be used for several weeks or exposed to the sun or wind.
- Vantage point: will the wreath be viewed up close, from the street or sidewalk or a combination? Busier designs with more colors, textures and shapes are more appreciated when viewed up close. Bolder designs with 1-3 colors, fewer shapes, materials and textures are more striking and easier to see than more-detailed wreaths when viewed from a distance, like from the sidewalk, street or entryway.
- Consider size before making or purchasing a wreath for your door. Will the wreath be hanging on a single or double door? What is the width of the door and the diameter of the wreath? Will the wreath be too large for the door or be floating and lost?
- How will you hang the wreath? By nail, picture hanger, screws or over-the-door wreath hanger? Is there a screen door covering your front door?