Company Talk – Tips for Creating a “Warm” Home with Lynda Gould

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Fall is here! Our plans have shifted from weekends at the beach to looking ahead at the upcoming holiday season. In home design, fall is the time when we focus on making our house feel warm and comfortable. I recently chatted with Lamps Plus’ Interior Design Manager, Lynda Gould, about tips for creating a “warm” home. Lynda creates the room scenes for the catalog and website. She is an expert at styling interior vignettes that set a mood for the space.

A living room featuring warm fall colors and textures.
Lamps Plus Interior Design Manager, Lynda Gould, gives practical tips on creating a warm and inviting fall-ready home.

LAMPS PLUS: What are some tips for creating a “warm” home for fall?

LYNDA GOULD: The entry, dining, guest bath, and living room are areas of the home that can be accessorized to create an inviting environment. The entry or foyer of the home is where the décor makes the first impact. A new chandelier coupled with coordinating candlesticks, and a fall floral bouquet on a console add an inviting warmth. Add an area rug with colors to compliment the décor and anchor the space. Mood lighting ads drama in a dining room and can be accomplished with a great chandelier and a dimmer switch. Add earth tones of rust, olive and harvest gold to the tabletop centerpieces and candles. Refresh the chair seats with new fabric in coordinating colors to spice up the room.

A decor makeover for the living room can be accomplished with innovative patterns and colors on coordinating pillows, lamp shade, small accents and a grand area rug. Don’t forget the guest bath. By adding a new light fixture and coordinating towel bar, along with a mum floral, aromatic candles, and new designer hand towels, your guests will feel very pampered.

LAMPS PLUS: What do you see being the stand out color for this fall?

LYNDA GOULD: As fall approaches I see the color combination of sage, mixed with accents of marigold and spice tones. Marigold is showing up in fashion accessories as a strong accent color.

LAMPS PLUS: What light fixture has been the biggest seller rolling into the fall season?

LYNDA GOULD: Rolling into the fall season our Oil Rubbed Bronze Chandeliers are a great choice for the dining room. The creative iron design enhanced by the champagne glass is a perfect transitional style which adds interest and compliments a variety of room décor.

LAMPS PLUS: Incorporating flowers into the decor is a great way to create a warm home. What flowers do you recommend for fall bouquets?

LYNDA GOULD: Great flowers which speak to the fall season are mums. The beautiful color palette from deep rust to mustard toned yellow that mums provide add warmth and interest to the home. Mums mixed with a variety of greens and dried twigs can make wonderful arrangements.

Here are five fall accessories to welcome the change of season:

  1. Pillows: Pillows are a quick and easy way to some seasonal color.
  2. Area Rugs: Area rugs can complement your decor and add a splash of color too.
  3. Artwork: Artwork, like this Autumn Dusk I Giclee Print, can add earth tones of rust, olive and harvest gold to the walls without having to paint the walls.
  4. Iron home accessories: We all look great in candlelight and an iron candleholder is a great way to add a dramatic touch to your dining table.
  5. Scented candles: Scent is one of our strongest senses and can evoke memories. Consider adding scented candles for an evening to remember.