The kids are back in school , stores are stocking up on Halloween candy, and football season is just around the corner. Fall is officially coming and after a long, hot summer spent outdoors, it’s time to head indoors and get cozy.
Decorating your home for the fall is more than jack-o-lanterns, bats, and cornucopias. During the cooler months, you want your home to reflect warmth and coziness in your furnishing and accents as well.
Transforming your home into a warm and inviting place coincides with the feelings of fall. Spring calls for newness, budding and pastel brightness, while summer invokes all things bold and bright. For fall, we want to tone down the brassy boldness with warmer, mellower looks.
Bring the Colors of Fall Inside
The changing leaves can help inspire your fall color palette. Tones like russet red, golden yellow, and burnt orange scream “fall” and are surprisingly versatile -- especially in rooms with neutral décor. Grayer greens and browns are also good fall colors as they evoke a sense of seasonality.
A change for fall doesn’t have to mean a radical redesign, though. If you have cherry red pillows on your couch already, swap them out for a deeper, darker tone of red. Consider switching your beige placemats for brown. Any bright orange accents in your home can be “fall-ized” with a more pumpkin shade.
Sumptuous dark leather furniture is always inviting, but sitting next to a crackling fire on a cool autumn day? Irresistible. Dark-wood furniture and accents are also a nice fit during this time of the year.
Make the Best Use of Your Lighting
As we’ve said before, the less light a room gets, the deeper the colors should be: think chocolate brown and deep red. That helps make a room very cozy and inviting. Rooms that are flooded with light look best with lighter shades like a gray or golden yellow.
Prepare for Family Gatherings
With holiday entertaining fast approaching, a seasonal redo of your dining room may be in order. We are partial to deep red dining rooms. A dining room painted or appointed in red, especially with pops of other fall colors like burnt orange or gold, is elegant while being warm and cozy too. Not only are you keeping your home looking its seasonal best (turquoise is so last season!), you’re helping make it cozier and more inviting -- just in time for your holiday guests!
Fall is for football, snuggling under a warm blanket, and entertaining friends and family. There’s no better way to celebrate fall than to do it in a home updated for the season with a subtle yet sophisticated fall color palette.
All that’s left to do is bake an apple pie or light an apple cinnamon candle!