Category Archives: Color

Seasons change….and so does my décor!

When I was growing up, every season my mom would put away décor and bring out fresh, new items to match the next season. She had seasonally appropriate décor, holiday décor, and as the Catholics say, décor for “ordinary time.” Naturally, as I grew older and had my own dorm room, then apartments, then home, I, too, invested in various sets of home goods to match the season. I’m curious, is this something you do in your home? Is this a tradition you grew up experiencing?

Until recently, I just assumed that every home changed décor, you know, six to eight times a year! This fall, I was with a group of women when one of them mentioned how she loves my habit of matching my home furnishings to the season. I was shocked! They revealed that I am the only person they know who has seasonal décor other than Christmas and maybe a few pumpkins in the fall. They love it and wanted to know how they could incorporate seasons into their design, too!

Our last post gave ideas on transitioning to fall with scent, texture and color. This post will focus on components of our home that we can switch out more easily and cost effectively each season.


Here is Minnesota, switching out bedding seasonally makes sense functionally with the drastic weather changes, and its also loads of fun! In spring and summer, use light linens, cotton sheets, and throws. In the fall and winter, transition to cozy flannels, feather duvets, and add quilts and throws for extra warmth and comfort! This set from Crate and Barrel, with it’s dark colors and layered linens, is perfect for the transition to fall and winter.

EUROPEAN FLAX ™-Certified Linen Impressionist Floral Midnight Navy Blue Duvet Cover (Open Larger View)

Crate and Barrel

Throw Pillows + Blankets

Throw pillows and blankets are a fantastic way to add pops of color to a room, and have the choice to quickly remove it just as easily! Toss a blanket on the corner of your bed or over the arm of your couch for a new look. West Elm has an beautiful, knit, weighted blanket in fun colors for every season!

Alt image 1 for Bearaby TENCEL™ Napper Weighted Blanket

West Elm

Throw Pillows offer the same magic of an updated color palate as blankets. Layer colorful and textured pillows on beds, benches, furniture, patios and more to switch up the color scheme! Get a little wild, go outside of the neutral zone, this is the perfect place to do it!

World Market


This one might be a bit corny, and a leftover from my youth in Wisconsin, but I love nothing more than to update my kitchen towels to match the season! Colors, images, seasons galore in my home! Home Goods is a favorite destination for me to find seasonal towels, or specialty stores like Patina or The General Store here in Minnesota.


3pk 18x28 Pine Print Fouta Kitchen Towel Set

Home Goods


There are a few places in my home that I switch out large artwork for summer and winter. I have a beautiful, bright, floral canvas in our living room that looks completely out of Christmas place at winter time, so we switch it out for a softer, muted, abstract canvas. I also have a colorful set of abstract canvas in our dining room that I switch out for a wooden framed, painted tree in the winter. I store the extra artwork in a closet and it takes only five minutes twice a year to change out and make a big impact on our home’s seasonal look!

Another option is to switch out family photos to match the season. Our engagement and wedding photos took place with snow on the ground, so I display those in frames throughout the winter. In the summer, I display family photos of our adventures camping, swimming, etc. It’s a fun but simple way to give a nod to the season!


Tray fillers, candles, plants, books and coffee mugs are small items that can be easily swapped for the season.

Throw a wooden tray on your bookshelf or coffee table and switch out the display items each season.

Classic Filler Cream - Threshold™, 3 of 11


Get a coffee table book to match each season and set it out for guests to peruse.

Winter Homes - (Hardcover), 1 of 2


Use seasonal mugs or summery glasses when hosting.

Set of 2 White Ceramic Mugs Pottery Handmade Coffee Mugs Set image 1


Choose candles that match the scent and look of the season. Bright, light colors and scents for warmer months, and earthy, muted vibes for the fall and winter. Volcano, by Capri Blue, is my favorite summer scent and comes in a variety of jars and colors!


Invest in neutral vases throughout your home and switch out the plants and stems you use throughout the year. Dried florals and grasses are great for fall, pine branches and berry stems are beautiful in the winter, and fresh flowers perk up your place during the summer months!

Faux Pampas Grass Taupe Stem 39" Set of 3 (Open Larger View)


How are you decorating this season? What changes and transitions will you make? We’d love to see! Tag us on social media at @AHomeRevival to show us your look!


Guest Blogger: Katya Larsen, Stager, A Home Revival


To match, or not to match, that is the question!

Maybe you’re ready for a living room refresh, or you’re moving into a new home and wanting to redesign your spaces; in either scenario, you’ll have to make a lot of decisions around matching and clashing items. Will you have one color stain throughout the room, or can you mix and match woods? Will all finishes be the same, or will you include a variety of metals? Can you mix in rattan, wicker, or other vintage pieces, or will that look funny with modern lighting? Here are just a few tips and tricks around when to match (or not!) while designing.


Ten years ago, the average person owned a matching furniture set: a three person couch, two person loveseat, and a single chair or two. Each piece had the same fabric and pattern, and sometimes even came with similarly style end tables and coffee table. These days, matching furniture sets are still available, but we are fans of mixing and matching furniture. Choose a comfy sofa in a neutral color and add two colorful or patterned accent chairs to add some flare to a room. Another big trend right now is pairing a colorful sofa, often velvet fabric, with matching vintage accent chairs. What joy and life color can bring to a room! Here are a few examples of mismatched furniture sets.

sofa and mismatched chairs

Ballard Designs

Mismatched Sofas - Good Idea, Or A Colossal Mistake? - Laurel Home

Studio McGee

Living room curtains in a blue floral pattern in comfortable living room

Ballard Designs


Clients often ask, or even question, this next piece of advice: it’s okay to mix metals and finishes! We don’t want you to go too wild with variety, but it is okay to have two or three different finishes in a room. Try to mix warm finishes with cool finishes and avoid putting two similar tones together such as chrome and brushed nickel. The great news is you can pair black with any finish! Here are a few examples of mixed metals in kitchens and bathrooms.

Love this beautiful timeless kitchen design with white cabinets, a coffered ceiling treatment, and a mix of brass and polished nickel metal finishes - kitchen ideas - kitchen island ideas - kitchen lighting ideas - gorgeous kitchens - kitchen trends - mixed metals - brandon architects

Jane at Home

Bria Hammel Interiors

Leclair Decor powder bath

Maison de Pax


You’re probably starting to notice a theme to this post – it’s okay to mix and match when designing your home! The same goes for wood tones, it’s okay to have a little variety in your design! With wood, it can be helpful to have one main wood tone, perhaps the hardwood flooring or color of trim, and add an additional accent or two with a different tone. When matching wood tones, try to have grain patterns look similar, or match the finishes – glossy with glossy, rustic with rustic, matte with matte, etc. With wood, you also want to match warm and cool tones if the colors are very similar, or go for a large contrast in tone, almost opposites in color. Here are a few examples to bring these ideas to life:

how to mix wood tones - california cool living room with sofa and wood accent chairs

My Domaine

Chris Loves Julia

Curated image with Ansel Rug, Royce Side Table, Arlo Chair, Gulf Shores, Lebon Floor Lamp, Eileen...

Studio McGee

Mixing and matching in design provides interest and warmth when done well. If the process of choosing feels overwhelming, we’re always here to help with our interior and re-design services!


Guest Blogger: Katya Larsen, Stager, A Home Revival

A Quick Summer Refresh

Summer is a great time for a home cleanout and refresh. More often than not, I miss the opportunity for spring cleaning, and find myself in my dusty basement and dirty garage in July, preparing for a garage sale I wish I had done in June with the rest of my neighbors. With two toddlers, this year in particular I noticed my days of cleaning up our walls with microfiber cloths and Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are over, and it’s time for a fresh coat of paint. Here are a few of A Home Revival’s designers’ current favorite paint picks:

Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams

This warm, gray color is perfect for Minnesota winters and low light areas of the home. We love how it looks in this modern, home office!


Photo Credit: #SWColorLove on Instagram

Pure White by Sherwin Williams is our go to paint color for trim, and pairs beautifully with Repose Gray in any room. With trim, we recommend using a semi-gloss paint for easy cleaning, especially in high traffic areas of the home! The color also works well for walls thanks to it’s yellow undertones keeping it from being too sharp.

@homecrushdesignsllc's pure white bedroom project

Photo Credit: #SWColorLove on Instagram

If you’re looking for a little more color in your home, but hoping to still stay in the neutral zone, try out Sherwin William’s Sea Salt. This green/blue hued color is still in the gray family and creates a warm, calming space. We especially like the idea of this in a primary suite, paired with coastal bedding and décor!

bedroom painted with Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

Photo Credit: The House of Hood Blog

Have you done a summer paint refresh this year? We’d love to see your color choice! Tag us on Instagram with @ahomerevival and show us your space!


Guest Blogger: Katya Larsen, Stager, A Home Revival