As summer winds down and we begin to prepare for those colder months of autumn, an easy way to make your home cozy is by pulling out all your throws and pumpkin-scented candles. But if you’re still using the ocean blues and bright white accents that inspired your coastal home here in Monterey, you might want to look to furniture and other accessories to bring the feelings of fall into your home.
This is also a good lesson in finding versatile staples. Sofas, chairs, and occasional pieces are essentials that rarely change in your home, so it is important that you choose some that can be dressed up or down. These more permanent items should be able to pair with all the colors of the seasons, which is essential to making your seasonal decorating so much easier.
Nantucket Sofa by Rowe
We’re starting with the Nantucket Sofa by Rowe because it one of those staples that can go with almost anything. We love this piece because the rolled arm and t-back cushions give the sofa a bit of a traditional flair without being too ornate. The slip-cover element tones down the elegance and makes it feel more casual. As mentioned in the Guide to Coastal Design, slip covered sofas and chairs make spaces feel laid back because they ensure easy cleaning and soften the edges of the cushions, arms, and overall structure. A very elegant fabric wouldn’t look appropriate on this frame, but it can still be dressed up with floral patterned pillows and delicate throws.
If you decide to get this frame for your home, make sure you pick a neutral color that can pick up many different colors. Sometimes, neutral coverings will have flecks of colors woven into the fabric so you can literally math them with any and every seasonal color. Others will just have a hue that leans one way or the other on the warm/cold scale. Our tip is to stay away from fabrics that look kind of yellow and instead reach for the fabrics that are more brown or gray. Because brown is made by mixing all the colors in the color wheel, it can be matched with just about any color palette, or go for gray which is almost as versatile as white or black but not nearly as harsh. Of course you don’t need to cover your Nantucket sofa in dirt brown fabric or dimensionless gray, but allow these two colors to guide you through your fabric options for a seasonally neutral and adaptable living room.
Mayfair Chair by Stressless
The Mayfair Chair by Stressless is one of the most popular frames at our Monterey Furniture Store. Our customers love it because it is incredibly comfortable and stylistically neutral. The seams and cushioning on the chair provides a bit of plushness for anyone searching for the kind of recliner their grandfather used to have, but the sleek design takes it into the 21st century.
There’s nothing better than coming inside on a cold day, curling up in a comfy recliner and reading a book in a chair that reclines according to your body mechanics. Stressless is known for using many different innovative technologies that provide support and comfort, fitting precisely to your body and needs. As always, Stressless seating is offered in every leather type and color available, with many different options for wood stain and with three different bases.
The Paloma leather in Henna is one of our all time faves. The rich reddish orange color of this leather adds a great pop of color to any space without taking any attention away from the rest of the room. Of course this henna colored chair is perfect for fall, but if you want to go with something more neutral we recommend the creamy “light gray,” the taupe colored “rock” or the beige colored “sand.” There are many other leather options that provide more depth to the color and texture, but Paloma offers amazing, rich color. Oak, walnut, and brown are some of the most popular wood stains because they are relatively neutral but beautiful with varying undertones. As with the Nantucket Sofa, these colors allow many styling options for the changing seasons. Learn more about all of the innovative technology that makes Stressless so comfortable and endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association.
Anas Bowls by Uttermost
Moving onto some seasonal accessories that can be brought in for fall and stored away for the remaining months, the Anas Bowls by Uttermost are beautiful accents that will look great on any coffee table, console, or bookshelf. Sold in sets of three, these cast aluminum bowls have a great texture with a beautiful brass finish that will bring warmth into your room during the upcoming fall season.
These bowls can be left stacked for a sculptural look, or separated and filled with floral potpourri or other decorative bobbles. The brass is a great metallic finish because it brings a warmer hue with a great pop of color. The reflective nature of the metal picks up the light in the room, making your space feel brighter while the antiqued finish muddles and distorts the light to soften the space. Brass pairs well with any neutral upholstered pieces and wood finishes, making if the perfect accessory to compliment the Nantucket Sofa and Mayfair Recliner. Brass is finding it’s way into many living room furniture pieces across Monterey furniture stores. Read more about interior design trends here.
What if I Love Traditional Interior Design?
This modern table lamp is another great brass piece to bring into your home for fall. The Luciana Table Lamp is an elegant geometric base with a curved and beveled mirror within the brass circle. A heavy square base provides contrast to the more delicate curved shapes while balancing the large linen squared shade.
The linen of the shade will compliment the neutral Nantucket Sofa and Mayfair Recliner, while the brass finish provides the same autumn warmth as the Anas bowls. With a similar antique brass finish and an additional mirrored surface, this lamp plays with the light to brighten up your space as the days get shorter. For more fall inspired accents, browse our accessories page.
The Design Inspiration Doesn’t Stop Here
Check out the rest of our designer’s picks for more inspiration. As always, Mum’s Place offers in home consultations to anyone who is thinking about redecorating. Contact us now to receive your new pieces in time for fall.