Are you considering a new look for one of your rooms? Are you tempted, perhaps, by an easy breezy feel and crisp, fresh colors?
Well, take care, and take a moment also to consider whether you’ll still love your choices in the middle of winter. It’s easy, at the height of summer, when the stores are full of linen and lobster, shells and sailboats, to get swept away by the cool coastal look, regardless of its suitability for your lifestyle when there is a pumpkin on your doorstep or six inches of snow on the ground. Just the simple act of imagining your decor six months hence can save you from getting too caught up in the store merchandiser’s fishing trap.
On the other hand, with a little thought and planning, you can turn the seasonal shop display calendar to your advantage. If you love purple or orange, don’t try to shop for new accessories in May – you’ll find a much richer selection if you wait until November. And if you need new office furniture, don’t splurge in June, but instead take advantage of the ‘back to school’ offers at the end of summer. Moreover, if you’re really bold, you’ll buy your bunnies just after Easter, to scoop the best bargains ready for next year.
Here are some seasonal trends and offers that I’ve noticed, and adjusted my shopping strategy accordingly:
January – February
Buy: Organizing & storage; TVs (Superbowl offers).
Colors in Season: Red & white (for Valentines day).
March – April
Buy: Theme of birds, nests, eggs, leaves.
Colors in Season: Green, yellow.
July – August
Buy: Beach/water theme; linen; Nordstrom‘s anniversary sale.
Colors in Season: Blue, white, aqua.
September – October
Buy: Office supplies & furniture; Crate & Barrel‘s upholstery sale.
Colors in Season: Orange, Black (Halloween); Rust (Thanksgiving).
Buy: Dining furniture & dinnerware; Leaves and harvest themes.
Buy: Guest beds & linens; Faux fur, velvets, brocades.
Colors in Season: Red (Christmas), blue (Hannukah); purple & jewel tones.
Do you have any rooms you only like to use at particular times of the year? Do you shop for your home according to season?