How To Create A Room That Changes With the Seasons

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Things change and change is good.  It’s all a part of the whole transformation picture we’re all looking to see in our homes.

Decorating, especially with paint and use of color in general, can be an incredibly rewarding project when it comes to changing with the seasons.  So, how do you create a space that suits the passage of time, season to season, and have time left over to relax and enjoy time with family and friends?

Well, who better to ask than an expert in decorating and designing with paint and color schemes; blogger, and interior design pro Debbie Zimmer …


If you’re a person with a penchant for seasonal decorating, why not fashion one of your rooms with change in mind?  By planning ahead, you can make it easy to modify your décor to be seasonally- or even holiday- appropriate.

Decorating with paint: wall color as your blank canvas

Start the process by painting the walls a light neutral color, such as off-white, light taupe, or a subtle grey.  When evaluating colors, do so with restraint.  To help guide your selection, think of your wall color as simply a blank canvas against which to feature your seasonal décor.

Once your wall color is in place, you can focus on other elements in the room that can be rotated in or out as the seasons dictate.  Inexpensive area rugs are great in this regard even when placed on top of wall-to-wall carpeting, as are easy window treatments that can simply be thrown over decorative curtain rods.

Even a small area rug with red or gold in the pattern will warm up a room in the dead of winter; when spring arrives, replace it with a light green rug.  You’ll be surprised how big a difference this one change will make.

Create cohesive color schemes

When it comes to interior decor, it’s always best to repeat key colors to create a cohesive color scheme.  So, take your area rug to a fabric store and find a bolt of material that matches color-wise.  Pay attention to the weight:  Heavier material works well in fall and winter, while sheers are best for spring and summer.  You’ll quickly find a fabric that will work as your curtain material.

If you want to go further, consider purchasing inexpensive slipcovers in “warm” (deep reds, oranges, or golds) and “cool” (light blue or green) colors to use in colder and warmer months.  A more economical way to achieve a similar result is to rotate warm- and cool-colored pillows or cushions at different times of the year.

Seasonal home decor accents: Mantlepieces, shelving, furnishings, and art

Another easy way to render a room more seasonal is with accent pieces placed on the mantelpiece, on shelving, or on other furnishings.  One way to do this is to display items with seasonally-appropriate accent colors; or go all-in and display collections of seashells in the summer and pine cones in the winter.  Of course, you can always set out fresh flowers or cuttings that bespeak the season.

In the interest of seasonal decorating, don’t forget that art can imitate life.  To that end, you can hang representational paintings or illustrations to reprise the seasonal items you have on display.  As an example, think about repeating the fresh flower cuttings in a room with botanical prints of the same plant.

Seasonal accent walls

If you’re especially ambitious, you might even dare to do more with your paint color.  Not that you’d want to repaint an entire room with each new season, but you actually might want to repaint a small accent wall once or twice a year.  Assuming that the wall is easy to access, you could complete the job in just a few hours – a small price to pay if you’re really seasonally-driven.

Use these ideas as thought-starters and invest a little time contemplating your own décor.  You’re bound to come up with many more great ways to visually usher in any new season!


Thanks, Debbie!

 Debbie Zimmer is a blogger, speaker, and a nationally recognized expert on color, use of paints in interior and exterior design, and decorative painting techniques. She can be found on Twitter as @PaintQualityIns and the Paint Quality Institute blog.



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