If fall were to have a mascot, it would be the pumpkin. The popularity of this gourd goes beyond carving jack-o-lanterns and has even spawned a cult following of pumpkin devotees — just think about that little coffee shop out of Seattle and the craze it creates each fall with a pumpkin spice latte!
Bedazzled, blinged or glittered, adding a coat of sparkle to a pumpkin in a color matching your existing décor is a fantastic way to incorporate the feeling of the season. Find an accent color you would like to highlight, and by applying glitter, a shiny spray paint or glitzy beading to the exterior of a pumpkin in your color choice, you can seamlessly merge pumpkins into any room.
For a more neutral approach, paint pumpkins in shiny chrome, gold leaf, bronze or matte silver. Metallic colors are considered neutral and can add understated dazzle to your décor.
You can also find these pre-made sparklers at craft and home decorating stores.
A pumpkin on the doorstep is a welcome fall tradition. To personalize your front porch pumpkin, paint on your monogram or your last name initial. Search online for a font style that suits your family’s personality and use craft paint or a permanent marker to stylize your pumpkin.
It’s a fact that miniature-sized items are adorable! OK, maybe it’s not a scientific fact, but there’s no denying the cuteness of tiny objects, including mini pumpkins. Place small pumpkins in varying colors into clear vases, baskets or candle lanterns that can be set on a mantle or used as a centerpiece. Even placing these small cuties in clusters of three (designers recommend clusters in odd numbers!) on bookshelves or next to existing decorative items throughout a room will surely increase the number of smiles from your family and friends.
For more ideas about how to decorate using pumpkins, along with other great fall decorating tips, see our Fall Decorating Ideas on our Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/weekleyhomes/fall-decorating-ideas/