Decorating for fall is one of those simple, inexplicable, and reliable pleasures that has its chance every year, regardless of any trials and tribulations (we’re looking at you, 2020). Richly scented candles and warm-hued throw pillows are particularly attractive around this time, and with the official start of fall already behind us, it’s the moment to pull out the autumnal table runners and throw blankets.
Farah Merhi, designer, author, entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Inspire Me! Home Decor, and the first-ever Designer Looks Style Expert for Value City Furniture, gave Travel + Leisure her tips on styling a home for the season. We’ll all be spending more time indoors over the next few months than we probably have in previous years, so heed her advice and make your space the best it can be for you.
1. A dining table is no longer just a dining table.
“People are rethinking how their living spaces function for them in this new world by investing in quality, comfy, and versatile foundation pieces like dining tables and sectional sofas that meet their new needs,” Merhi says. As we spend more time at home, people are more focused on furniture pieces that make a statement, but will withstand everyday activities that happen at home.”
She adds, “For example, dining tables are no longer being used just for daily meals. Activities like homework, arts and crafts, baking, playing board games, and so on are all happening right at our dining table.” In the same vein, couches are no longer just restful places for many — instead, they’re work stations and classroom seating areas. Because of this, these investment items have to be high-quality and durable as well as beautiful.
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An all-wood dining set with a bench is an especially chic investment for smaller homes without large dining rooms, as it won’t fully partition a space like a table with tall chairs.
way to keep your dining table from fully partitioning a space (an especially good investment for smaller homes without dining rooms). Drape a faux fur runner over the bench for a supremely cozy look and feel.
2. Get personal with your investment pieces.
“Customization in furniture is at an all-time high, in an effort to design rooms that reflect [personal] tastes and styles,” Merhi says. “Homeowners are now also seeing an opportunity to revamp their homes and make it a reflection of who they are and what they love.”
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