Fall decor should be as easy as putting on an extra sweater. As the days get longer and your home feels cooler, a little preparation now can go a long way in getting your home ready for fall.
Guest Post by Kacey Mya
It seems like summer turns into fall just like that. And, with that one brisk breeze, your entire mood changes. As you start to swap out everything from your wardrobe to the flavor of your coffee — hello, pumpkin spice — you might feel as though your home needs a fall overhaul, too.
Unfortunately, swapping your décor with each season can seem like it’s a hassle. And, even with the drive to do it, most budgets won’t allow homeowners to completely redecorate with the colors of winter, spring, summer or fall.
That’s why we’ve come up with the following six ways to make your home feel a bit more fall-ready without any of the hard work. With just a few simple swaps, your space will transform from a cool summer hideout to a warm fall retreat. So, pour yourself another pumpkin spice latte and get to work on making your home the best autumnal version of itself.
Crisp fall nights just beg you and the family to stay in and snuggle on the couch instead of going out. You can make movie nights even cozier by swapping out the linens in your family room so that they’re just as warm as you want the space to feel. Bringing in new throw pillows in the traditional warm colors of fall — burnt oranges, dark reds, golds — is a swap that’ll take about five minutes to make. You can store your summery ones in a plastic container or bag until it’s time to bring out their cooler vibes.
Once you’ve settled on the perfect throw pillows for autumn, you can take it one step further by investing in throw blankets that also give off that fall feeling. Aside from the traditional fall colors mentioned above, you could also get a fluffy faux fur blanket to give off the same vibe.
2. Stock Up on Seasonal Fruits and Veggies
‘Tis the season for apples, pumpkins, oranges and more. Your kitchen can get its own fall-ready facelift after one trip to the grocery store. Simply restock your fruit bowl with this season’s harvest — you’ll find that the colors of the produce you buy will just so happen to match the cozy fall color scheme you have in mind. There’s more you can do than simply stock up on fruits and veggies, though. Fall brings with it some notoriously colorful leaves, as well as ready-to-pick pine cones, acorns and more. Take a walk and gather some nature-made décor and get creative! You can fill glass jars or the base of a candle holder, for example, to give other spaces a little fall touch, too.
3. Yes, You Can(dle)
The warmth you seek in fall is both visual and physical — candles play into both of these decorative desires. They bring a bit of extra light into your spaces as days get shorter; they can also breathe a new warm aroma, like pumpkin or cinnamon. Take it up a notch by putting your fireplace back into use. If your home has a wood-burning fireplace, be sure to have it cleaned before you light your first blaze of the season. And, if candles have such a visual and physical warming effect, you can imagine the power of a fireplace.
4. Layer Up Your Blankets
Your beds will need a bit of attention, too, now that temperatures are dropping. You likely have a supply of quilts and throws that you use to bulk up the warmth of your comforter. You might also consider swapping out your comforter, too, if the cool colors seem fit for summer. This is especially true for crisp white linens, which almost look out of place when temperatures drop.
5. Mix Up Your Metals
We touched one easy kitchen project already, but here’s one that will make a new statement in fall and beyond: updating your kitchen hardware. Cool silver obviously does not match the warm fall vibes you’re going for, so get rid of it. What about copper and black pumpkin pulls?
Colors like brass and gold will suit this new season, and give your space a new look that you might just find yourself enjoying year-round. Either way, you’ll find the task is an easy way to update your kitchen in a few hours’ time.
Dinner parties or, you know, that big fall feast in November, might call for a celebration — and specific decoration of their own. Fortunately, the colors and motifs of fall make it easy to create your own display. Incorporate the seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as a few candles for warmth.
You can add warm-colored table linens, too, and place settings in similar hues. If you come up with something simple, you can leave it out all season long.
There’s so much you can do to make your home fall-ready — these are just six of the endless possibilities for bringing the outside into your space. What will you do to make your home feel like fall?
Kacey Mya is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Kacey graduated with a Communications Degree while working for a lifestyle magazine. We love her guest posts and inspirational content that she draws from the world around her.