Family-friendly tips to transform your home this season

— Transition your interior décor when temperatures drop. It’s a great time to tap into your creativity and make a statement. Here are some ideas – big and small – to freshen up your home this season.

Play with colors

When the weather is cool, think rich colors like plum, navy and amber. Bringing in a unique color palette will inspire you to make other changes as well, from painting a fireplace to adding an accent wall to incorporating a tile backsplash.

Make-over a room

Make your home cozier by installing a soft, but durable carpet. Just remember to consider your household dynamics when selecting floor coverings.

“Those with pets or children will want to keep in mind that spills and stains can be a common occurrence and select a family-friendly carpet,” Designer for Flooring America and Flooring Canada Jennifer Bertrand said.

Make life easier with material designed to release pet hair and reduce pet stains. For example, the Stainmaster PetProtect Carpet and Cushion system is designed with pets in mind and is extremely durable to withstand the activity of a busy family with pets. More information can be found at FlooringAmerica.com.

Pillows

Have fun turning vintage wool blankets into pillows. Or if you just want to purchase items, seek out plaid patterns or materials that are full of textures and heavier weights.

If you have pets, be wary of knit pillows, as animal hair can get stuck in the material. Look for tight weave fabric to fit into your lifestyle.

Update your framed photos around the house. If you have children, let them get creative and contribute to the overall design. Give them the phone or tablet and let them capture photographs of what the season means to them: nature, family, friends or whatever.

Just taking a couple of these tips will help welcome autumn.

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