Summer is officially coming to a close, and with that comes getting those back-to-school backpacks from out of the attic, pulling out your sweaters from storage and switching your flip flops for a sturdy pair of boots. Just like your wardrobe, accessories and routine changes from summer to fall, so to should your home décor! We’ve asked the experts in the home design industry, and these are their quick tips to transition your home décor to the new season.
Feel the Foliage
While summer décor includes fresh or artificial sprays and bouquets, autumn inspires seasonally themed foliage, such as birch branches, pinecones and fallen leaves. Kendal Perez from CouponSherpa says you can raid your garden to collect wheat-like reeds for your favorite vase, or you can use pinecones, pumpkins and gourds as the perfect accessory for a tabletop display. For those of you who either do not like having plant life in their homes or want to add something to the outside of your home as well, Amy Bell from Red Chair Home Interiors suggests hanging a front door wreath featuring fall colors.
Let There Be Light
With the onset of cooler weather, having sufficient light in your home is especially important to keep your home feeling warm and cozy. According to Charlotte Collins from Fabulous Candles London, a strategically placed floor lamp will not only make you feel more awake as it starts getting darker earlier, but also “make the room feel bigger and more alive”.
Many of our experts also emphasized candles as a great way to bring warm light into your home. This is a great way to lighten up your home without spending extra money on electricity (since most of it will go towards heating your home in the coming months), plus there are many fall-inspired scented candles to choose from, such as cinnamon and vanilla. This way, your home can look and smell like the fresh fall season. Just make sure to be careful for fire hazards!
Change Your Color Scheme
While summer colors are generally brighter and lighter, fall colors are deeper hues with rich tones, such as deep wine, mocha, orange, navy blue and hunter green. Incorporating these colors into your furniture will give your home a seasonal shift, whether through changing your throw pillows or by changing the placemats and cloth napkins in your kitchen. Anna Daugherty of The Patio says you can even incorporate these seasonal colors into your exteriors by changing your outdoor cushion fabric color. This will allow you to use your outdoor furniture for just a little bit longer in the fall, plus these colors also look great and will complement your interiors.
Layer with Fall-Inspired Textures
While layering and balancing a space with texture is essential during any time of year, there are many simple ways to get creative with texture during the fall. You can throw a fuzzy throw blanket onto your couch for you to curl up in while binge-watching Netflix, or add wooden picture frames to bring new life to your memories and create more of a dream-log-cabin-in-the-woods ambiance. Want to try something new this season? “The sexy seventies velvet is coming back,” says Robin Baron of Robin Baron Design. Adding purple velvet to your living room or bedroom will give you more reason to sit on your couch with hot chocolate during those chilly days, as well as let you rest in your home like royalty.