Here in the north country, temperatures are starting to cool down, the air is more crisp, and everything looks more golden and less green. Fall is definitely on its way… I wanted to share ten ideas to help you cozy up your home for the season ahead.
1. PICK A COLOR PALETTE THAT MATCHES THE OVERALL FEELING YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR HOME TO EVOKE THIS FALL
Maybe you had a hectic summer and you would like your home to be more peaceful and calm this fall? Whites, blues and greens are a good color combination to soothe and relax your tired soul this upcoming season.Miss Mustard Seed
Perhaps you prefer something warm and invigorating? The traditional combination of reds, burnt oranges, and yellows will give you energy all season long.StoneGable
How about a mix of both cool and warm colors?unknown source
2. BRING NATURE INDOORSAnderson + Grant
I always look at nature as my number one inspiration and my go-to designer. When I look outside my window, I see perfection in all the textures, colors and smells nature has to offer. Before heading out the door to go shopping for fall decor, take a walk outdoors and look for leaves, pine cones, acorns, berry branches, apples, fall flowers, wooden logs, anything that would work well with your color palette. My husband even found some antlers on the ground during a hike last fall. Remember that your grocery store is a great place to find fall decor; fill your shopping cart with fruits, nuts, gourds, mini pumpkins, dried corn, etc. And for the oddly shaped and unusual colored pumpkins, head to your local farm.
3. ADD MULTIPLE LAYERSDear Lillie
The same way you dress yourself more warmly in cooler months, your home should have extra layers and feel more cozy. Add some throws, pillows and blankets and make sure your choice of fabrics reflect the cooler season. Dress your table with a tablecloth or runner, add some area rugs in places where your feet might get cold, bring out the quilts and duvets, etc.
4. INCORPORATE LOTS OF TEXTUREAnderson + Grant
Bring warmth and depth to your home by adding lots of texture. Wicker, wool, jute, burlap all scream fall.
5. BRIGHTEN UP YOUR HOME
It gets dark outside earlier every day. Adding extra lighting can help your home feel more inviting, cozier and prevent the blues, especially during stick season. For people who never heard about stick season, it is a term used in Vermont to describe the period after the gorgeous colorful leaves have fallen and before the snow settles on the trees. It is grey, dark and a bit depressing… Adding lamps, candles, lanterns and oil lamps can really uplift your mood.
6. COCOON YOUR SPACEAnderson + Grant
I usually like a more minimalist look in the spring and summer and I want more stuff around in the fall and winter. Cocoon your space by surrounding yourself with things that are comforting to you and make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Some good examples are books, family photos, quilts, board games, etc.
7. PREP YOUR FIREPLACE AND WOOD STOVEShe Holds Dearly
In the fall, a lot of us in the northern parts of the country need heat. I love prepping our wood stove for fall and imagining myself pulling in the driveway and seeing smoke coming out of our chimney. If you don’t have a fireplace or a wood stove, you can simply put wooden logs in a basket or add candles on a windowsill for example. It is all about incorporating elements that make you feel warm and cozy.
8. DRINK AND EAT FALLSugar Pie Farmhouse
What you drink and eat should reflect the season you are in. Setting up a beverage station every season is always fun. Using seasonal foods to decorate your kitchen makes it feel festive and appetizing. The bonus is after you are done eating all the goodies, you can start all over and decorate with something new every week!
9. FOLLOW YOUR NOSE
That it be an apple pie baking in the oven, a cinnamon candle in the bedroom or a vanilla pumpkin sugar scrub in the bathroom, you want to incorporate as many fall scents into your home as possible. It is good for your soul and your overall well-being. My personal favorite is to simmer in a pot 3 cups of water, 4 cinnamon sticks, 15 whole cloves, 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg and slices from one apple. I promise your home will smell like a fall wonderland.
10. CRAFT YOUR WAY INTO FALLTried and True
There is nothing sweeter than seeing something handmade in your home every season. The memories associated with the time you and your kids spent together making a fall wreath or painting pumpkins are so precious. Take time this fall to make a little something!
I hope you enjoyed these ten ideas to get your home ready for fall. Happy decorating!
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