Fall is here! As we bid farewell to summer, warm weather, pool parties and barbeques, we welcome crisp air, vibrant leaves in shades of gold, red and orange, pumpkin-flavored everything and chilly nights cozied up by the fireplace.
Just as the weather shifts from summer to fall, autumn is a wonderful time of year to make small changes in our homes to reflect the season. Since fall often marks a period of new beginnings, there’s no better time to spruce up your space, add a few key seasonal items, and make your home a warm and welcoming place for the months ahead.
Read on: we’ve got a list of easy ways to make minor and inexpensive changes to every room of your home to seamlessly transition from summer to fall.
In the Entryway:
- Before a guest even walks through your door, welcome them with hints of the season in the area leading up to your home. Consider a fall-type of wreath on your front door like this one from Pier 1 or a welcome mat with a design that reflects the season.
- Add pumpkins, a decorative hay bale and seasonal flowers like Fall Mums outside of your house to create a cozy autumn atmosphere.
- Flowers are always a simple way to add life to your home and keep up with the season. Here’s a great guide to the 20 best perennial flowers and a list of the top fall flowers. Consider adding these picks to your garden or simply place a vase with fresh-cut seasonal flowers on a table in your entryway.
In the Kitchen:
- Add seasonal items to your existing table, island or counter space. For example, in my kitchen, I have a generic wooden bowl on my kitchen table; in the summer, I fill it with seasonal plants or a combination of lemon and limes. For the fall, change the items in the bowl to fit the season; you could add decorative gourds, pumpkins or seasonal fruits like apples and pears.
- Have a vase on your kitchen table that you simply love and don’t want to put away for fall and winter? No worries! Use the vase as a centerpiece and add silk flowers or seasonal flowers like Fall Mums or Sunflowers to give the display a fall look.
- Add candlesticks to your kitchen table in darker shades of reds, golds, browns or eggplants to reflect the season.
- If you have more than one set of dishware, use fall as an opportunity to switch your plates for a new look at meal time.
- Give new life to your kitchen table by purchasing new table linens or a table runner. Choose a heavier texture or design for fall and winter.
In the Living Room:
- The quickest and easiest way to change your living room or family room over to fall is to update decorative and throw pillows. Choose darker colors and patterns for fall- think reds, golds, burgundys and browns. If you’re not a fan of typical fall colors, consider deep, rich colors like plums, dark blues, greys and other warm tones.
- Purchase candles with fall scents to give your home a great aroma that smells like fall. I’m a big fan of Bath and Body Works’ 3-Wick Candles; not only are the candles inexpensive ($20) they come in a variety of seasonal scents like Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, Leaves and Farmside Apple.
- The mantle area is another spot in your home to simply refresh a couple of accessories to give the space an entirely new look. Stores like Pier 1, HomeGoods and Pottery Barn all have wonderful (and inexpensive) seasonal decorative items; use your imagination and spice up your mantle with seasonal leaves, garland and different height candles.
- A super easy way to transition the living room to fall is by draping a throw blanket with a warmer, cozier texture over an armchair or couch. Perfect for cuddling up by the fire to watch a fall football game!
In the Powder Room:
- Switch your hand towels to darker, bolder, earthy and warm fall colors.
- Similarly, select a new hand soap in fall scents – again, Bath and Body Works has a fantastic selection of hand soaps just for the autumn season.
- Consider purchasing a new area rug for the power room- perhaps a rug that coordinates with your hand towels in those richer patterns and tones. Target and HomeGoods both sell affordable area rugs.
In the Bedroom:
- Spice up your bedroom for the season by changing your duvet cover to a darker, richer color. For example, my bedroom has a neutral paint color on the walls, so I switch the color palette of my room using the walls as a blank backdrop to create a new look each season with my bedding and accessories.
- Apply many of the same powder room tips to your master bathroom. Consider switching hand towels and soap scents to better reflect the season.
Remember: transitioning your home from summer to fall does not have to be expensive! Use the resources you already have and spruce up your space with simple, seasonal accessories and decorations.
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What other simple ways have you transitioned your home from summer to fall? Share your ideas in the comments below!
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