Golden yellow and orange leaves that crunch with every step. Comfy sweaters and jackets that keep you warm in a cool breeze. Pumpkin and apple scents that takeover your senses. Yes that’s right, fall is here and that means its time for fall decorating!
The fall season is all about change. This change can sometimes mean a change of schedule because school is back in session for your little (and not so little) ones or a change in weather as the hot summer weather begins to even out and make a place for cold winter days. All of these changes can be quite a challenge, so when it comes to your home decor for fall, sometimes less is more. Here are a few fall decorating ideas to give your home a fall refresh.
FALL DECOR THAT KEEPS IT COMFY AND COZY
Everything about fall screams being curled up on the couch or in your room with a nice warm cup of hot chocolate. This scene is not complete without the perfect throw blanket. An easy way to refresh a living room or bedroom for fall is by adding a heavy throw blanket to the decor.
Drape the throw blanket over the back of a sofa or across a bedspread to create a cozy feel. If you prefer to keep them close by but out of sight, an easy storage solution for the blankets is to add a basket or 2 near the foot of the sofa or bed
CREATE FALL STYLE WITH TEXTURES
While summer brings us light and airy feels, fall is all about textures. A good way to add fall elements to your home is to bring in textured throw pillows. Throw pillows can add flair and be a pop in any environment.
Textured pillows can bring in a warm feeling as the seasons get colder. Be sure to take in account that not all throw pillows are made the same. They come in many different shapes, sizes and styles so think about the aesthetics of the room you are updating beforehand.
Another way to add texture would be on the floor. Rugs are a great way to prepare your home for the colder months. Look for large area rugs that are soft in feel and come in warm and rich colors.
LAYER TEXTURES FOR WARMTH
Style with rug combinations by layering rugs on top of each other. Another great way to add texture and depth in your living room or in the dining room. It makes a room space feel cozy and adds warmth. You can find more tips on how to layered rugs, here.
ADD SOME FALL FOLIAGE IN YOUR DECOR
One of the tell tale signs that fall is here is the changing color of the leaves on the trees. If the trees outside help us know when fall is here, why not also incorporate them in our homes to show the same? Using faux plants you can instantly transform a summer space into one ready for Fall’s transitions. Place leaves, branches and even pinecones into bowls or baskets to bring in the woodsy autumn feel.
Inside your home isn’t the only place that you can showcase the fall season. When the leaves falling to the ground aren’t enough, add some fall foliage to the outside of your home to create an autumn atmosphere. A beautiful fall wreath on the door to your home can make a home feel more inviting from the very first step. It also can initiate warm and cozy feelings all before the person enters your home.
SCENTS FOR THE FALL SEASON
Fall has very distinct smells that we associate with it. The smell of spiced pumpkin, cinnamon, or cedar wood are all synonymous with fall. We all expect and look forward to these scents to usher in the fall season.
Filling your home with these fragrances through essential oils or scented candles will be the icing on the cake to your fall decor. Setting up for fall can and should involve as many of our senses as possible. It can completely shift the tone of the room so don’t be afraid to get creative in certain aspects of your fall decorating.
SET THE AUTUMN MOOD WITH LIGHTING
Lighting is an easy and inexpensive way to set the atmosphere in any given situation. During fall and winter it is important to create specific lighting to evoke the intimate aura of the season.
One way to create multiple lighting options is by installing a dimmer switch. A dimmer switch can allow you to control the brightness of light in a room. While daytime hours might call for full lighting as the family completes different tasks, nighttime can lend itself to less lighting. Also, it can be a great signal to younger children that it is time to wind down for the night.
Another lighting option for fall decorating is adding candles. The flicker of candlelight on a cool fall night is the essence of fall. Strategically placed candlelight on a fireplace mantle, coffee table or on a window sill can bring in some much needed fall ambiance.
Decorating your home for fall doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Just a few key touches around your home can transform it into a rich autumn oasis.