Wrap your home in warmth for cool autumn weather with these simple decorating tips. In as little as a weekend, you can transform your home into a cosy retreat perfect for cooler weather.
Before cold weather officially hits, add a warm new paint colour to your walls. Select neutral tones that will warm up the room, and provide an easy backdrop to decorating the room around.
New lampshades are inexpensive and available virtually everywhere, but they will completely change the look of a living room or bedroom. For autumn decorating, select heavier shades that will minimally filter light.
Add warmth in every room with fabric. Lay out colourful throw blankets, decorative pillows, accent rugs, and don't forget to change out the light summer curtains for heavy draperies. Cover the couch with a fresh new slipcover for a quick sofa makeover.
Dress up the dining room table with a new tablecloth or table runner. Choose solid or printed linen with warm autumnal colours like pumpkin, chocolate, gold, or sage.
Decorate the inside of your home with bright-coloured pumpkins, apples, harvest corn, and other seasonal fruits and vegetables. Fill baskets and bowls with your treasures, and display them on mantels, tables, and elsewhere in the home.
Purchase a few inexpensive pieces of framed artwork and swap them out for those already on the walls. Look for festive scenes of that feature pumpkins, scarecrows, harvest fields, and other relative settings. Don't forget to incorporate your own personal fall-themed portraits, as well.
Place artificial flower stems and leaves throughout the home, and accent different areas with pip berry swags, or autumnal wreaths. Arrange them atop cabinets; entwine them along stair banisters, and other unexpected places.
Scented candles do a great job at setting the mood of any room. Use an assortment of them to cast a soft glow to the room, and fill the air with the fragrant scent of sage, pine, cinnamon, pumpkin, and other comforting aromas.
Add small touches that count all over the home. Cinnamon pine cones, acorn napkin holders, glass containers filled with candy corn.... All of these little things add up to a big impact when used together.
When you think of fall, images of blooming chrysanthemums, asters, and marigolds come to mind. Bring pots filled with these colourful flowers into the home as part of your autumn decorating. Arrange the pots on staircases, window ledges, fireplace mantels, and side tables for a splash of colour.