An easy, attractive and obvious way to spruce up your home’s décor is to incorporate the season of the year into your color schemes and accessories! Are you hosting a dinner party, a football party or an upcoming holiday? Are you hosting open houses while trying to sell your home? Are you just tired of the same décor day in and day out? We gave you tips on how to incorporate spring into your decor, and how to stage your home for summer. Now it’s time to add a fall flare by surrounding yourself with the vibrant colors of autumn!
Outside: Fill your home’s entryway with warm, inviting aspects of fall, for you and guests alike! Pumpkins are bright, simple and ideal for sprucing up an entry! Place a medium-sized pumpkin on each step that leads to a raised porch, or flank the doorway with two large pumpkins. Line a porch railing with a braid of twigs. Rake up your yard, and add some leaves to the braid. Don’t have a railing? Make a little pile of twigs and leaves, and plop a scarecrow on top! Hang a collage of dried corn on your door.
To spruce up a door: Better Homes and Gardens suggests you take a standard wreath made of wheat, that you could easily find at a craft or hobby shop, and stick golden maple leaves throughout the wreath! This idea allows you to switch up the leaves with seasonal favorites year-round! For more ideas from Better Homes and Gardens, click here.
Fireplace mantel: create a basket of natural goods for the middle of the mantel, or spread the goods out for the entire length of the mantel. Create a mixture of pine cones, twigs, gourds, squash, apples, hay and colorful leaves. In the midst of this scenic haven, add some autumn colored and scented candles! Always keep a pile of firewood in the fire.
Living room: Cover your couches and loveseats in the natural tones of fall, such as dark brown suede, burnt orange leather, or gray thick cotton. Add throw pillows in bright orange, plum, yellow, maroon, rust, dark blue or emerald green.
Kitchen: Keep a bowl or basket in easy reach, filled with handpicked apples, apple cinnamon donuts, fresh fudge, whole squash, corn on the cob, tomatoes, zucchini, and any other foods that are fresh and abundant this time of year! For a delicious aroma, brew some cinnamon apple tea or a cup of hot cocoa.
For a table centerpiece: Stop by a craft or hobby shop to pick up an array of colorful leaves, hay or straw, fake fruit, and a cornucopia to stuff all the gems into! For a fresh, natural approach, fill a rust-colored bowl with mini gourds, squash and pumpkins!
Bedroom: for you or a special guest, add fall-colored candles with rich spice aromas to a nightstand or dresser. Martha Steward suggests wrapping candlesticks in flowery twigs, or wrapping the glass that surrounds a candle with decorative tissue, tied in place with a string. For more suggestions, click here.
Accessories: According to an article from the San Francisco Chronicle, adding comfortable, cozy accessories to your home will create a fall feeling. Suggestions include quilts to hang on the walls, pottery, flour-sack pillow covers, duck wallpaper, updated floral prints, patriotic symbols and anything textured. For more suggestions, click here.
For a drastic change: fill your office or family room walls with dark wood paneling, replace your stair railings with dark oak or knotty pine, add wooden beams to your ceiling, paint your rooms in earthy fall colors, cover hardwood floors or light-colored carpeting with patterned rugs, or invest in planting some year-round evergreens in your yard.
Any or all of these changes will spruce up your home for the season. Soon enough, Halloween and Thanksgiving will be greeting us with their presence, and each offer their own array of extra decorating possibilities!