When the seasons change, so do our tastes. The tropical brightness of summer fades into a warmth and beauty that could only mean it’s fall. As such, you want to update your home’s interior to reflect what’s happening in nature. The only problem is that there’s a fine line between kitschy fall décor and the elegant design you seek.
To make your space’s transition easier, the following are four ideas for how to do make your home feel fall-ready with just as much finesse as Mother Nature herself. To make your space’s transition easier, the following are four ideas for how to do make your home feel fall-ready with just as much finesse as Mother Nature herself.
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Hang Curtains and Warm Up Sofas
In summer, you want to open your blinds, pull your windows up and let the sunshine and breeze in. The vibe is completely different in fall, though, when you’ll want a home that’s warmer and cosy as the weather gets cooler and rainier. One of the best ways to warm a space up amid dropping temperatures is by blocking heat from leaving through your windowpanes. A thick set of curtains will do the job just fine. Plus, hanging curtains adds an instant finish and elegance to your windows and walls. Be sure to choose a thick fabric and deep colour to make it even more so.
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Once that’s finished, you can focus on making your sofas feel plusher, too. There’s nothing better in fall than cosying up in front of the fire and watching a movie with your loved ones. You won’t want to do it without super thick and soft blankets at arm’s reach, so be sure to toss a few faux fur or knit throws onto your sofa and chairs so warming up is easy. You can add more throw pillows too — bonus points for fall colours — to tie the curtains, throws and other fabric elements together.
Light Aromatic Candles
A candlelit dinner is perhaps the most quintessential date-night activity. That’s because candles set a scene that’s equal parts romantic and fancy, and your home can have the same feel with a few candles of its own.
You don’t have to start and end with tabletop tapers, either. You can fill your fireplace with pillar candles for a low, flickering glow. Or, pick up a handful of glass jar candles and place them in the rooms where you spend the most time: the living room, the kitchen, the bedroom, the bathroom, etc. Light them when you’re in the room and voila, you’ll have instant fall elegance.
Candles can be festive, too, depending on the colours and scents you choose. The colours of fall are the same as the ones you see in trees’ changing leaves: orange, gold and maroon are some of the most common. From there, look for scents like pumpkin, cinnamon, apple and pear to make your home smell even more seasonal.
Curate Curb Appeal
Your home’s elegance can and should extend to its exterior. Fall is a great time to tackle your front yard to-do list because it’s not as blisteringly hot as it is in summer. As such, take an opportunity to repaint your front door and shutters, replace your mailbox and manicure the edges of your garden beds.
Another often-neglected chore is the maintenance and cosmetic upkeep of your garage door. If it’s road facing, your garage door is a huge part of your home’s curb appeal. Still, you might not have ever considered cleaning or completely updating your garage door to revamp the look of your property. Not only will it help enhance your curb appeal and give it an instant lift, but it’ll also add value to your home if you ever sell it down the line — in other words, it’s a win-win.
Draw Inspiration from the Outdoors
You want your home to feel more like fall — why not draw inspiration from the season itself? Not every piece of fall-inspired décor has to be overly festive, either: simple, natural accents can tell the refined story you envision for your design scheme.
Start by heading outside and collecting elements that remind you of fall. Leaves, sticks, pinecones, acorns — all can be used in your home’s design scheme. For example, you can create a fall centrepiece for a dinner party or Thanksgiving feast by spray-painting leaves and pinecones gold. Place candles at the table’s centre before scattering your painted pieces of nature around. With that, you have a beautiful, classy fall table.
You can make more everyday décor elements, too. Filling a vase with fall branches is a simple, rustic accessory for your living or dining room. You can also fill different-sized glass jars with pinecones, acorns and other fall classics, like apples or mini pumpkins.
With these four steps alone, you’ll give your home a complete fall makeover. It’ll have the dignified vibe you envision and the warmth and cosiness you need — in other words, you’ll be ready for this season and perhaps even the colder one coming in a few months’ time.