Reader Q&A: Changing Seasons, Changing Spaces

Alight! Time for for some reader Q&A!

Reader Rachel Rasmussen recently submitted the following question:

​​“I was reading Better Homes and I loved all the bright citrus colors they were showcasing in these uber light and airy rooms. But then I thought about how I'd love something like that for summer, but in Michigan where our winters are so bright and frigid, I prefer rooms that feel warm and cozy, instead of light and airy. So my question is, how do you blend or transition a room so it fits your tastes for all seasons?”

A wonderful question, Rachel! And a design dilemma that so many of us face.

My advice for the person who likes to change their environment with the changing seasons is to start with a neutral base and make your seasonal statement in the accents. For example, start with a white, greige, or neutral shell. These colors can be made to feel light and summery or cozy and wintery. For your larger permanent pieces, such as a sofa, coffee table, or end tables, choose items that lend themselves to year-round living. Neutrals, woods, and solid colors are great for these.

For the seasonal pops, make use of interchangeable items:

  • Pillows

  • Throws

  • Accent pieces

  • Seasonal pieces

  • Curtains

  • Area Rugs

  • Candles

For winter, toss a heavy, cable knit throw on the sofa and add in some fuzzy, texted pillows. A pumpkin pie or cinnamon spice candle will set the seasonal mood, and a thick wool rug can add warmth and texture for a cozy escape.