Let’s face it: our wardrobe isn’t the only thing that should change come fall. Transforming your home to reflect the seasons can really influence your design style and make your space more enjoyable to live in.
I love the idea of incorporating warm elements into the existing decor of my home once the weather turns cooler–the idea of having an inviting space to cozy up to is so alluring to me (even if my apartment doesn’t have a coveted fireplace…sigh…). Consider swapping out your existing pillows for darker ones (pillow covers works great for a cheap and easy change-up!), adding a few cashmere throws or replacing your light linen curtains with a heavier weight fabric like a brushed cotton twill. I’ve rounded up a few pretty pieces that make dressing your house for fall almost as fun as dressing yourself.
1. Go for softer lighting. I have bright white lamps right now, but come fall I’m looking to swap them out for warmer lamps that cast a soft light. The days are already getting dark, so coming home to a house with a soft glow is ideal! When picking out a lamp, look for a interesting metallic base, like this mercury glass base, a lampshade that blocks a bit of light and a bulb that casts more of a yellow light than a white light.
2. Grab a soft throw. If you can swing it ($$), cashmere throws are a great way to warm up your space for the fall and winter months. Not only are they nice to cozy up with on cold nights, but they add an interesting element to your room when thrown over a couch or chair. Pick one in a neutral or warm winter tone–they’re investments, so you want a color that can go with any room!
3. Switch up your scents. What smells evoke fall to you? For me it’s cinnamon, apple pie and pumpkin (what can I say, I’m traditional). Whatever does it for you, fill your home with those seasonal scents. If you don’t feel like going full-on fall, stick to a candle infused with scents that feel warm and special. Think candied fruits, woodsy elements and vanilla notes. One of my favorites is the Capri Blue Volcano candle–I seriously buy the embarrassingly large size once every few months in the winter.
4. Warm up the floor. Adding a rug to otherwise bare floors in the winter is great for a few reasons. Obviously, it keeps your tootsies warm (and as someone who has the cold feet of an 80-year-old man, I appreciate this), but past that, you can use the color and texture of the rug you choose to bring your room into the fall and winter months. I have a sneaking suspicion that this deep color ombre version from West Elm would look great with my white couches.
5. Bring the outdoors in. As much as I love flowers, they always seem slightly out of place to me in the late fall/winter months. To infused your home with a bit of the outdoors, turn to rustic elements, like bark vases filled with a hearty (and interesting!) winter plants like witch hazel or juniper.
6. Accessorize with metals. Darker metals like copper and bronze go well with the feel of a fall/winter room. Pull in accessories (it could be anything from bookends to a lantern candle holder) in these metals to add an instant look to your room.
7. Swap out furniture. Obviously, this isn’t the most practical tip when it comes to your bank account, but if you can afford it, swapping out your furniture can definitely change up the look of your room. If I could, I’d switch my teal armchair for this navy version!
8. Trade your art. Art is one of the quickest (and easiest!) ways to transform the seasonal feel of your room. I like to switch brightly colored summer pieces for black and white photography and art, like this print of Paul McCartney from Society6 (no judging!). If you don’t feel like swapping out your art, consider painting the frames a darker shade (or pretty metallic) to go along with your more seasonal room!
9. Add some plush. Fall and winter is all about indoor entertaining. Pillow seats not only warm up a room (hello, anything plush pretty much screams “cozy”), but they allow extra seating for when friends come over! This corduroy version from Urban Outfitters seems so comfortable!
How about you guys? Do you tweak your decor for the seasons? Any tips?
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