Simple Decor Swaps to Get Your House Ready for Fall
As the air gets crisper and the leaves start changing color, it’s time to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall. And what’s not to love about the new season? It’s a time for cozy sweaters, slow cooker recipes, and weekend trips to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch. It’s also time to redecorate and refresh your house—but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of time and money on the project. There are simple ways to welcome fall into your house with minimal effort. We asked design experts for their easiest fall decor tricks—get inspired by their ideas and make these swaps.
Swap Out Art
“Artwork really sets a tone and vibe for a home, so changing it up seasonally is an easy way to refresh a room,” designer Trip Haenisch says. If you have larger, more expensive pieces, you can keep those up and switch out the smaller frames or prints that you have around the house. Or, change up a gallery wall: “Transform it with black and white abstract art. The simple, yet beautiful, monocharomatic art matches almost everything and makes a major statement,” Laurel & Wolf designer James Tabb recommends.
Bring Nature Indoors
As the weather gets more chilly, you might be spending more time indoors, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying some beautiful blooms or greenery. Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone of Consort Design suggest adding statement plants and even trees inside your home, which “add life and beauty to a space.” It’s also time to swap out your bouquets for more seasonal blooms in an autumn color palette. “Morph flower arrangement colors from bright summer pinks, purples, and yellows, to deeper burgundy, orange, and mustard tones,” says designer Emilie Munroe of Studio Munroe. “It’s also a great time to create all greenery arrangements that incorporate fall foliage with textural branches.”
Add in Throw Pillows
While you can’t easily switch up your sofa or bed, you can create a different look with throw pillows. “The easiest and most cost effective way to make your home cozier for fall is to accent your space with new throw pillows in rich tones and textures like velvet, woven fabrics, and knit,” says designer and blogger Erin Gates of Elements of Style. “Look for colors like fig, rich brown, burnt orange, and deep peacock blue to be a hit this season.”
Revamp Your Bed
When you’re thinking of getting your house ready for fall, you might be focusing on just the entryway, living room, and kitchen, since those are the spaces that guests are more likely to see. But with summer heat waves, your bed is probably stripped of those heavy comforters and flannel sheets. Now that the air is colder, you’re going to need a warm and cozy bed to head off to dreamland. Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl of Studio Life.Style suggest swapping bedding, blankets, and throw pillows for “something thicker with more texture.” Try cozy soft textiles like wool, cashmere, and knit materials—plus, a stylish detail like leather.
Play With Texture and Layers
In the summer, everyone keeps things light and airy—not so in the fall, when all you want to do is cuddle on the couch with a blanket and a cup of tea. “Think about adding lusher, richer textures throughout your home while still complementing existing decor,” says designer Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design. “Toss a faux fur over your sofa, swap out lighter throw pillow covers with Mongolian lamb or velvet, and display extra blankets by rolling up and tucking into easily accessible woven baskets. You can even layer your rugs, incorporating smaller-sized faux sheepskin or cowhides over year-round solids or sisals.”
Introduce Earthy Elements
Think about being one with nature this fall—that means putting away the seashells and bringing out branches and other wooden accents. “Stop what you’re doing and step away from the pinecones,” Tabb says. “It’s already been done. Instead, opt for autumn accents like cotton boll bouquets, eucalyptus branches, and some pretty candles.” Accessorize with some “woodsy” elements like birch logs and a wooden tray. Designers Melissa Warner Rothblum and Julie Massucco Kleiner of Massucco Warner Miller believe that nothing says fall like a nice warm fire. Plus, lighting the fireplace does double-duty—it provides warmth and contributes to the cozy decor atmosphere.