Don’t look now but autumn is just around the corner! The arrival of the fall season means not only changes in the weather and the number of daylight hours but also an opportunity to introduce changes into your home’s decor. Along with hanging storm windows, chimney cleaning and covering the outdoor furniture, these five tips may help you make the transition from the relaxing look of summer to the cozy and inviting look of fall:
- Replace those bowls and baskets of seashells and driftwood with aromatic pinecones, indian corn or greenery.
- Collect all the acorns you can find and use them as vase fillers. Simply place a smaller vase into a larger one and fill the surrounding area with your finds. Stores like Pottery Barn sell this idea for a pretty penny so make an afternoon of it or send the kids out to gather them. Keep your vase filled with seasonal blooms like mums, sunflowers, goldenrod or branches full of berries.
- Your front door mat is probably showing signs of wear from all the sand and dirt tracked in during the summer months. A new and seasonal welcome mat will instantly refresh your front porch and, depending on the one you choose, will add a hint of fall color and/or motifs. Choose any style you like, just try to avoid tacky. You know, the turkey with the pilgrim hat look.
- Switching out artwork can give your home a brand new look. Search for affordable pieces of beautiful landscapes, a still life or even black and white photographs of the scenery surrounding your local area. Local galleries, art festivals and your local college are great sources for affordable and original pieces. And do not overlook your own camera/phone for photos that can be turned into personal artwork for your home. Remember, a well-chosen frame and mat can make even a poster look like a masterpiece so buy the best you can afford.
- Pillows and throws are the fastest and easiest way to introduce the colors of fall into your home. Keep in mind that while rust, gold and green are the most commonly thought of colors, any deeper hue of your color scheme will warm up your space. For example, a home mostly decorated in blues can add richer tones like teal or cobalt to cozy things up a bit. And don’t forget to vary your textures in all those pillows by using suedes, leather, velvet and fluffy trims.
We would love to hear how you prepare your home for the fall season.