I believe, and I think many others would agree, that when Autumn comes around it brings a certain energy along with it. Perhaps it’s partially knowing that winter isn’t far behind, but I often feel inspired to start new projects and change things throughout my home. Autumn can be a fickle season, hiding between hot sunshine of summer, and winter’s bitter cold. Maybe we appreciate the season more because it’s fleeting, or maybe it’s because the earthy colors make us feel all that more connected.
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ways to incorporate the season into the home. Though Autumn weather can be fleeting, we can enjoy it’s inspiration through November until the holiday season takes over.
Fall Decor Ideas
You can easily integrate the rich, warm colors of Fall through pillows and other textiles. Swap out your summer patterns for earthy oranges and reds. Mustard yellows, pale purples, and dark blues also work beautifully.
While you’re modifying your home’s color scheme, consider updating your draperies. For the remainder of the year, replace your sheers with heavy curtains. Whether you choose a solid color, or an autumn-like pattern, they will give your room a refreshing change and as a bonus, keep the home warmer.
Stairways and entryways shouldn’t miss out on the seasonal adornment. Decorate with a candle and a few gourds on each, or every other, step. Just make sure the arrangements are small, and don’t become a tripping hazard.
As much as we may love the colors, out-of-season florals will stick out like a sore thumb. Update the floral arrangements throughout the home to reflect nature’s palette. If you’re feeling especially crafty, consider hollowing out a pumpkin to use as a festive vase.
Begin preparing for cool weather in style by setting out knit throws. If your home has a fireplace, buy some firewood for your hearth. Even if it hasn’t cooled down in your area yet, this will help the home to feel warm, and best of all you’ll be ready once the cold weather hits!
Gourds are high in supply during the Autumn months, and you should take advantage! Buy a basketful for your home, and they can be used in a wide variety of ways. The range of shapes and colors are both interesting and beautiful, and are lovely on the front porch, the dining room, or the fireplace. For a polished look, buff the gourds lightly with vaseline to give them a subtle shine.
Use a tablecloth in an earthy color as a backdrop for a large centerpiece. Fill a large glass vase or bowl with leaves and flowers in reds, oranges, and yellows; letting it overflow from the top. For a long dining room table, opt for a table runner. Rather than a centerpiece, fill a long box with leaves, acorns, gourds, and candles.
Finally, if you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home, you shouldn’t wait until the cold winter months to utilize it. Arrange candles of varied height in your fireplace to give your living room or bedroom a light on warmer evenings.