(NC) When fall comes, the days get shorter and there is a chill in the air. We start decorating our homes again, anticipating the holiday season and the long winter ahead. Kim Kiner, an expert with Hunter Douglas, a leading window treatment company, offers the following tips for warming up your home for fall.

Layer: Put a throw at the foot of the bed or at the end of the sofa. Pull out a tray and dress it with candles, fresh apples, pears and branches and use it as a centrepiece for a coffee table or a dining room. Take a napkin and layer it over the back of a dining room or kitchen chair with the points going down – tuck it in and put ribbon around it.

Bring rich colour inside: Look and see where you need a fresh coat of paint – white is not a top choice as the weather cools – it can be replaced by a taupe or gold – layering with paint colour. Add pillows in rich hues as well. Update your window fashions in new tones. Hunter Douglas Solera Soft Shades, the only soft shades with a cellular construction, come in an array of colours, from fresh neutrals to inspiring, fall-like hues.

As the daylight recedes, layer your lighting: Invest in new lamps and wall sconces in the bathroom and the bedroom. If you are over the age of 50, you need twice as much light to see as you do at 20. Take a hot glue gun and put beaded crystals on the bottom of the lampshades to add va va voom. Make the most of the daylight streaming in with products like Silhouette window shadings that diffuse light while drawing it deeper into a room. You can tilt the vanes and direct light exactly as desired, helping you save on electricity.

Add warmth: A good way to add warmth is with texture – it is casual, comfy and cozy. Area rugs come in wonderful textures and colours. By the fireplace or in the entry, put a wicker basket with moss balls, hedge apples, pumpkin gourds and rattan-covered balls. Take advantage of all that Mother Nature has to offer.

More information is available at www.hunterdouglas.ca.


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