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Five Autumn Decorating Ideas You’ll Fall For

1. Bring the Outdoors Inside

(Walnut -  Rosemont Estate. Click here to see more from this collection.)

Outside the leaves may be changing, but that doesn’t mean life inside has to go dormant, too! Incorporating live plants and natural wood into your home will immediately brighten a space, not to mention the benefits live plants can bring to improving stale indoor air during the winter months. The vibrant greens of live plants juxtaposed with the warmth and richness of natural wood bring personality to any room. No matter your style, there is an endless variety of plants and hardwood that will bring outdoor elements and good energy into your home.

2. Make a Statement with Color

(Ash - Otter - Click here to see more from this collection.)

Shorter days and less sunshine don't have to mean your home is dark and dreary. Whether it’s a chair, an accent wall, or even a blanket, add energy to any room with a pop of color. Rich tones and deep earthy colors fit well with cooler weather and can be played up to increase the coziness factor. A burnt-orange colored chair and loveseat inject personality into this living space, especially against the dramatic, dark wood floors. Colored chairs and accents make a statement that is far from boring!

3. Everything Old is New Again

(Rift & Quartersawn White Oak – Stout. Click here to see more from this collection.)

Fall weekends are a perfect for wandering through flea markets, garage sales or your neighborhood antique shop or thrift store. Finding a one-of-a-kind piece to build your room décor around is a great way to start your redecorating plans. A vintage bicycle offset by modern furnishings and white walls balances well against stunning, dark, wide plank hardwood floors. Mix in your unique finds to keep things interesting and avoid a dull appearance, not to mention you’ll give new life to a piece and keep it out of the landfill.

4. Interesting Bedding

(Walnut -  Rosemont Estate. Click here to see more from this collection.)

Your bedroom is your private retreat from the hustle and bustle of the day. It should be the place where you can get cozy and comfortable so you can unplug and unwind. Strip off those stark, all-white sheets and try something more interesting this season. Patterns, textures, and even monograms are becoming more popular. Beyond bedding, custom, upholstered headboards are also making a return. Incorporate patterns and textures into your bedding and furnishings and highlight them with the warm, rich tones of natural hardwood, wide plank floors underfoot and snuggling from the cold will become a whole new experience.

5. Velvet

(7” premium engineered, prefinished Walnut. Click here to see more collections.)

Not only is velvet dominating the fashion runways this season, it’s making a statement in interior design. Chairs, sofas, cushions, and any upholstery you can imagine is being done in this luscious fabric. From bold hues to subdued tones, velvet and its soft and luxurious feel is extremely popular for all rooms of the house. Partner the distinctive look and feel of velvet with the stunning, smooth lines of wide plank hardwood floors and you’ll create a statement guaranteed to draw attention in any room.

Whatever your motivation for decorating this fall, Shannon & Waterman’s experts will work closely with you to select the perfect species, character, finish, texture and sheen to bring your vision to life.


Every newly crafted Shannon & Waterman wide plank floor has its beginnings in our family-owned, old growth forests. For generations, we’ve masterfully managed our forests for true sustainability—ensuring that we always have the mature trees necessary to supply the densely grown, stable, and generously proportioned wood to create the floors of your dreams. In addition, many of our products are FSC® certified.

The complete Shannon & Waterman line of products can be viewed on our website here: S&W Floors