Long before Joanna Gaines and her all-white-all-the-time mindset dominated our consciousness, the concept of white for fall was already making inroads.
As far back as 2005, CBS News reported in White, is the New Orange for Pumpkins, Deborah Racicot, the executive pastry chef at Gotham Bar and Grill in New York said, “People who are throwing parties tend to buy them. They are looking for the coolest thing to make their party a little more chic…”
So, if you still are decorating for fall exclusively using autumn’s russet hues, this is the year to add a dash of white!
I like white for fall because orange, mustard, and brown shades don’t harmonize well with the colors of my permanent furniture pieces. Plus, a little goes a long way in those vibrant colors. And (according to my family, at least) I do tend to “overdecorate.”
While I don’t want to abandon the natural colors of fall entirely, I do use them in measured does. So, adding white provides me with the opportunity to indulge and decorate with gusto, festooning every room in the house!
Another reason I choose white for fall is that it pairs so well with natural elements like branches and berries and two of my favorite decorating tricks: chalkboard paint and burlap. The combination is rustic, but still sophisticated.
And, white allows me to stretch my decorating from mid-September (general fall decor), through October (Halloween), and even into November (Thanksgiving), with minor additions and subtractions for each holiday.
Using white for fall stretches my budget, too! In addition to ghostly pumpkins, a white palette allows me to reuse many of my existing pieces. I use everything from china coffee pots, to footed cake stands, to masses of pillar candles in various heights.
When January rolls around and the sparkly Christmas decorations have been safely stowed away, the house gets a “January treatment.” The white cache pots, urns, and cloches come back out of the boxes and receive the “snowball” treatment.
Happy Fall, everyone!
Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador and Cover Girl Ambassador. Susan Said…WHAT?! was named one of the Top 50 Beauty Blogs in the World by RebateZone.com in 2015. Susan is also the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! Read more about her in Family Circle Magazine.
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