Fall is in the air! These simple ideas will help you create fantastic fall decor for your home.
Ah, Autumn! The crisp air, blue skies, the crunch of dry leaves underfoot… In decorating your home for the fall season, now is the time to think warmth, soft light, gorgeous, rich colors and bringing the beauty of the outdoors in. As the season approaches, a few simple steps can lead to a beautiful and welcoming fall decor in your home.
Before bringing in those gorgeous pumpkins or gourds or hanging up that fall wreath, take a moment to remove all the stuff that has accumulated over the summer. Retire the summery decor, flip flops, and beach towels to storage and find places for the new daily-use items that come back in to the house. If you have kids, consider easily accessible storage for backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets, and shoes that will keep your house from becoming a mess every afternoon. If you have a mudroom, you already have a great storage spot that may only need some functional fix-ups to make it more useful.
If you don’t have a mudroom, do you have a garage, foyer, or closet that could be used more effectively?
2. Layers of Warmth
Bring in autumn hues and a cozy feeling by adding layers — table runners, place mats, throw rugs, accent blankets and pillows will all give your home a fresh, autumn feel without too much fuss. As you select items to add, keep a color scheme in mind that works with the items already in your home. Consider bringing in warm wood accents, or, if you’re shopping for new furniture, purchase neutral pieces that allow you flexibility in seasonal decorating.
3. Dress Up Your Entryway
Turn a critical eye on your home’s exterior. How’s your curb appeal? Repainting your front door can provide a new look for little effort or money, and many of fall’s beautiful colors such as cranberry, navy, chocolate brown, or charcoal will look good year-round.
As on the inside, spend some time de-cluttering your yard and entryway. Pull out the summer plantings, rake and weed beds, and add baskets or planters of mums, grasses, seed pods, or ornamental cabbages.
4. Bring the Outdoors In
Creating fall decor can be as simple as taking advantage of all that Mother Nature has already provided. Pumpkins, leaves, gourds, seed pods, dried grasses, and fall flowers are all fantastic ideas for table scapes and decor touches throughout the home.
If you’re creatively inclined, consider painting pumpkins metallic shades for a totally different look.
5. Let There Be Light!
As the days grow shorter, create a cozy feel by bringing light into your home. Start with your windows — if necessary, remount your curtains to let in plenty of light when they are fully opened. Mounting your window hangings higher and wider than your window will also make your window appear larger. Bring in candles in neutral and autumn shades and add them throughout your decor.
Hollow out fruits or vegetables such as apples or gourds to hold votives or tea lights. Or get crafty and grab some pumpkin carving tools that are readily available this time of year and add some leaf detail carving to a mini pumpkin for a sophisticated jack-o-lantern that’s not limited to just Halloween.
How do you plan to spice up your fall decor this year?
For all-season decorating help, contact Melanie Langford, CT Interior Designer with All About Interiors.