Yes, it’s time to put away the plastic pumpkins and sad skeletons and consider a few new spins on Halloween-themed decorations.
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Your front door and stoop are the beacon that makes passers-by give a second look during Halloween season—so make it count, says Gina Whalen, interior designer at Bella Home Decor in Philadelphia.
Try ditching the carved jack-o’-lanterns for a more stylish and sophisticated fall look, Whalen recommends. Create a refined pumpkin patch feel up your stairway with gourds and candles, or evoke an organic fall landscape.
She suggests “a neutral palette of white pumpkins, mums, cornstalks, gourds, and crates/ baskets for a grand, yet elegant entrance.”
“Spray-painting pumpkins is always a unique and creative touch,” Whalen says. “Don’t forget about using a stencil for your last name or your initial for a more custom approach.”
What to buy:
- Devine Color spray paint in silver, Valspar, $8
- DecoArt Patio Paint in robin’s-egg blue, Amazon, $7
- Headline sign stencil kit, Amazon, $7
Go ghostly white inside
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If you’re hosting a Halloween soiree, an all-black aesthetic is always “a safe way to go,” says Edward Perotti, global event designer in San Francisco. But if you truly want to be unexpected, go with an all-white decor scheme, complete with lots of white candles, set off by black and deep-red accent pieces.
A few of Perotti’s pro tips:
- Make black or white tablescapes pop with blood-red dahlias.
- Use glass pumpkins, candles, and painted white or black pumpkins to complement the florals.
- Set the table with a mirrored charger plate, solid-black dinner plates, and black and white salad plates. Then add deep-red wineglasses, and finish the look with white linen napkins.
What to buy:
- Giant red dahlias, Amazon, $20
- Handblown glass pumpkin table accent, Amazon, $36
- 12-set flameless candles, Amazon, $29
- Mirrored charger plate, Amazon, $22
- Black dinner plate, Target, $6
- Black-and-white-striped salad plates, Wayfair, $28 for 4
- Ruby-red wineglasses, Amazon, $44 for 4
- White spillproof fabric napkins, Amazon, $10 for 4
Have fun, but don’t tip into tacky territory
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Even though you’re trying to elevate your look, you shouldn’t forget that Halloween is supposed to be fun. It’s OK to add some decor pieces that are fit for the festivities. But these, too, can be spruced up with some elegant touches.
“Costume staples make excellent décor, so round up witch’s hats, vampire teeth, and skulls you paint black or gray,” Hester recommends. (You can pick up these items at the dollar store if you’re on a budget.)
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