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Fall Decorating: Leafing Through Ideas

Brent Lunde - Thursday, October 06, 2016

Nature often provides the best materials and resources for decorating, building, and nourishment. While the marvel of human ingenuity has certainly produced remarkable innovations with which people have built societies and created expressions of art and beauty, it is when we make the most of the natural world that we expose the greatest beauty. Nature provides us with a glorious color palate, warm and inviting building materials, and the tastiest, most nutritious sources of sustenance. The sky gives us a perfect blue, the soil a place to grow succulent produce, and the maple tree gives us sweet sap to turn to syrup.


Speaking of trees, this time of year they do some shedding. As a result, the mountainsides become splattered with vibrant colors, and the leaves begin to float through the air with brilliant grace. As the leaves on the trees reveal a season of change for what it really is, we find ourselves seeking renewal in our own lives. The autumn season provides an incredible landscape and source of inspiration, so why shouldn’t we consider redecorating our immediate world in homage to the new sights, smells, and sensations of the colder months?


Here are a few ways you can take advantage of the falling leaves and eye-popping foliage to give your home a new look and feel befitting of fall:


Create Autumn Artwork:

The leaves come in all varieties this time of year. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re blessed with an abundance of green that lasts all year long. But, with the onset of autumn, some trees will undergo a transformation. Suddenly we’re gifted with paper-thin spades of bright yellow, crisp orange, and vibrant red. These leaves can be used in a variety of ways to decorate the home with fall-inspired works of art.

Want a DIY art project that requires little more than the leaves themselves? Try collaging the leaves together to form a larger shape or design, such as a composite maple leaf made of myriad colors, or any shape that comes to mind.


The leaves can also be used to make delicate prints, line linens with colorful trim, or frame other works of art. Adorn your kid’s latest class project with a multi-colored array of fall foliage!


Build Beautiful Usables:

Autumn leaves can also be used to create more practical decorative items for around the house. Decorate an old tablecloth with leaf prints, or use a little mod podge to create dazzlingly colorful decorative bowls and dishes for things like candy, flowers, or other small items.

Want to use the leaves for a vessel, but need something sturdier than the leaves themselves? Take a standard mason jar, line it with leaves, and you’ve got a very unique penny jar or candle holder to bust out every October.


Accessorize With Wonder:

Fall foliage can also be used to turn on the imagination or add a delicate, colorful accessory to your home. Turn your children into princes and princesses of the season with easy-to-make maple leaf crowns, or you can enhance your front porch with floating “wind chimes” that won’t make any noise, but will dance in the wind for all of your neighbors to see.


When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. And when life gives you an intense color palate to work with, you take advantage of it. That’s why any of these ideas can make for great decorative additions to the home and family, and that’s why we hope you take full advantage of color as you look to decorate your home.


At Pro Paint NW, we pride ourselves on over a decade of providing professional painting services to the Portland and Vancouver areas. With that level of professionalism, we help our neighbors choose color schemes that best fit the look they’re going for, and we get the job done as fast and as efficiently as you could hope for.


Contact us today to arrange for your next home or commercial painting job to be handled by certified professionals who know that convenience and color are a top priority for you, your family, and your business.


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