As fall establishes itself, days get shorter and people head indoors for the cooler months to come. Fall is a perfect time to refresh and revive your home decor, just in time for the arrival of the holidays and the inevitable holiday house guests. Home projects are also a great way to avoid cabin fever.
Here are some ideas from local and national design experts for adding energy and zest to your home decor.
Cheer up your walls
One of the easiest, most dramatic and affordable ways to update your home is with wallpaper. And, with the popularity of midcentury modern, Hollywood regency and other vintage design sensibilities, vintage wallpaper is more popular than ever, said Ronnie Ketch, owner of Ketch Design Centre in Oklahoma City. The store carries “more vintage wallpaper than probably anyone in America,” Ketch said.
In fact, he estimates that out of the approximately one million rolls of wallpaper he keeps in stock, about 100,000 are vintage. The vintage wallpapers date from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.
“We never throw anything away,” he joked. Good for business, now that the old stuff is hot again.
Most popular among Ketch's vintage choices are foil and mylar designs, flocked damasks and florals and natural fibers such as corks and grass cloth.
Wallpapering is easy to do, Ketch said, with pre-pasted papers. And many brands are “strippable” for easy removal.
Try a brilliant idea
Here's an unexpected way to hang wallpaper: from the ceiling.
Designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz, authors of “Home by Novogratz” are experts at unexpected design ideas. Featured in the book is a great way to draw eyes upward, adding interest to bland tray ceilings.
The couple hung two different vintage wallpapers inside inset tray ceilings.
Both wallpaper designs feature repeating patterns — one is a large geometric pattern, the other is a small floral pattern. The different designs work together because they are complementary in scale and palette.
The social networking website Pinterest.com, where users “pin” photos with links to websites they find interesting, offers a wide variety of ideas.
This idea for a creative and unexpected wall treatment came from Pinterest: Ceiling medallions in various shapes and sizes were attached to a focal wall and painted white. Choose a bolder color for even more interest and pop.
Feed your home's chi
Sunita Sitara, an Oklahoma City Feng Shui consultant, says a few changes in your home can change its whole energy and even make its inhabitants healthier and happier.
“Universal energy enters from your front door,” she said. So, to attract positive energy into your home, make sure your front porch and inside entry way are inviting, well-kept and clean.
“I sweep my front entrance every day,” Sitara said. “Anytime you have thorns or things like that, that will interfere with the chi coming through the front door.”
Color is an important energy in your home, Sitara said. Using colors that encourage your home's chi can help you in other areas of your life.
Sitara recommends choosing a dark wall color such as espresso brown or even black for your inside entryway to draw in positive energy.
To improve your social status and reputation, paint a wall in the rear quadrant of your home a bold red. To improve your love life, use soft greens, blues and lilacs in your bedroom. For a soothing and comforting living room, earth tones such as browns, yellows and greens are stabilizing shades.
Another way to up your home's feng shui quotient is to purge it of clutter.
“Any time that you feel like you're stuck in any aspect of your life get rid of 27 things,”
Why 27 things? Sitara uses numerology in tandem with feng shui in her practice. The numbers 2 and 7 add up to 9, she explains. Nine is a “completion number” with very strong energy.
“It's kind of like endings and beginnings at the same time,” she said. “Like you're ending one phase of your life and beginning another.”
These 27 things can be anything you no longer need: mail, broken things or clothing you haven't worn in the last year.
“Get rid of things you don't love,” Sitara said. “Anything that makes you sad has to go.”
Watch your karma when disposing of these 27 items. Recycle and donate what you can.
“Whenever you give something away, when you pass them on to someone else, you will get silent blessings for that,” Sitara said.