For that inevitable stretch we have between Halloween and Thanksgiving after the haunted accents come down and before the holiday decorations go up, you can still give your home a seasonal feel to get you through the month.

On those dark and rainy nights that seem certain at this time of year, you may feel the need for some visual stimulation to brighten your environment. Pick a color palette that makes you happy and work it into your current decor.  

For many, that could mean staying true to traditional hues inspired by the colorful leaves falling from the trees. At my house, I was surprised to find I already had a variety of accents in vivid shades like yellow and orange to play a starring role in my seasonal displays.

Adding a little drama along the way with black accents that work their magic when paired with this classic palette takes your temporary vignettes to a whole new level. A few pieces that feature gold or brass tones also help to elevate the look.

Accessories with texture like woven baskets filled with apples signal the fall season and lend dimension to a space, while cozy quilts and throws that have been stashed away for the summer can come out of storage to warm you and your interiors.

Fill decorative trays with pine cones or acorns or any other natural elements that appeal to you. You can also give your candleholders a quick update with LED taper candles that come in fall colors.

Lanterns add a classic touch at this time of year. They can brighten an outdoor area like a porch or a walkway when entertaining. Then you can take them inside where they make a statement when they stand on a mantel or a coffee table.

Look for seasonal pieces for your walls, like canvas art with a leaf motif or a wreath made from wood curls for a modern take on an old standard.

Take a closer look at your current belongings in your cabinets and closets. My own personal search yielded a few unexpected finds like a yellow heart-shaped dish that is too pretty to be tucked away and a lidded jar that serves as the perfect vessel for candy corn.

A metal mailbox that came with a bottle of champagne has a happy yellow hue that’s well-suited for the season. To build even further on the theme, a basket of champagne corks I discovered adds texture to a stack of books in fall tones. A wooden organizer provides the perfect contrast against my black dining table where it holds napkins for now.

In addition to finding what you can around the house, you might want to add some new pieces to your arrangements. Pillows can play a part in your seasonal tweaks along with a doormat that features a fall theme.

As the weather gets colder, we can surround ourselves with the warmth of the season through colorful displays. That’s one way to give our rooms a little boost before the holiday decor comes out of hiding.   

Jeanine Matlow is a Metro Detroit interior decorator turned freelance writer specializing in stories about interior design. You can reach her at

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