As the weather gets cooler we make many changes in our lives—from fashion and gardening to the meals we prepare. Out come our sweaters, mums and rakes and we start making stews that cook all day. While preparing for fall, don’t forget your home, where we begin to spend more time.
If you’ve never updated your home décor for a new season, here are some ideas to help you do so easily and if you already make seasonal updates to your home, this list might give you some new ideas to make the transition complete. Making one or more of these changes will give your home just what it needs—a new fall look!
1. A new ‘Welcome.’ Update your exterior entry way with a new welcome mat, one that can handle the fall/winter traffic and that coordinates with your home.
2. Blanket your rooms with warmth. On your bed and sofa, or on a window seat, add a warm blanket in a fall color that coordinates with your décor (think warm oranges, reds, plums, browns, greens or deep gold tones). This is both practical and beautiful—adding a new color to an often-used living space creates an instant update. If you are changing your entire bedding for the season, consider changing your bed skirt, too.
3. Pillows add punch. This might be the easiest update you can make to change any room. Add new pillows to every sofa, bed, chair, chaise, window seat and kitchen bench to bring a new punch to your spaces. You can also have custom pillow covers made for each season and simply change them with the seasons.
4. Swap out accessories. Like any great outfit, our rooms have accessories, too. Consider changing out a few for the season (not necessarily to fall-themed décor), with items you love, but might be storing away because don’t have room to showcase year-round. Swap out accessories on your bookcases, coffee tables and sofa tables to create an instant new look. If you have a large art collection, consider changing out the main art in your rooms so you can enjoy your often-seen pieces.
5. It’s the little things. Lampshades and picture frame mats are often overlooked when updating for the season, but changing them is an easy and effective way to change a room. Whether it’s shades on your overhead lighting fixture or the lampshades in your family room, add a new, colorful shade to create a different feeling in the room. If you picture frame mats are white/cream consider adding a mat with color to add a pop to your pictures. Use the same color on all mats to unify your photos.
6. Change your view. The view out of your windows changes with the season, so couldn't your window treatments change, too? If you have curtain panels consider changing them to a more seasonal color, whether retail or custom. You may also want to consider thermal panels that can help keep the cold out as the temperature drops. If you have blinds or roman shades you can do the same thing—update them with warmer, fall colors, or in either case, update an existing valance on your windows.
7. Change where you sit and stand. If your upholstered furniture has slipcovers, consider changing those out for the season. Look out below and add an area rug, or change the ones you already have, and you instantly add warmth and update your seating areas.
8. Warm up the kitchen without cooking. Don’t forget the heart of most homes—the kitchen. Stews aren’t the only thing that can warm up your kitchen on a chilly day, add new dishtowels, table cloths, table runners and even dishes, to give your meals an instant update.
9. Change your color without painting. Painting every season is crazy and a bit unrealistic for most people, but there is a way to add different colors to your rooms each season by adding color to the back of your bookcases through painted removable panels. Simply cover a foam core board with paint or fabric and position it firmly against the inside back of your bookcase—instant color update.
10. Flowers! Last, but definitely NOT least, is bringing in fall flowers. Fresh flowers add life and color to any room. Don’t overlook dried grasses and don't forget your bathrooms and entryways, where a small group of flowers can go a long way.