If you love making your home a relaxing, well-designed space, the fall season is for you. Shorter, cooler days provide plenty of opportunities for entertaining and enjoying downtime at home. As winter approaches, autumn is an ideal time to bring in nubby throw blankets and pillows, candles and earth tones. Check out our tips to make your home the coziest it can be for the season.
Layers and textures
Dress your home with additional elements of warmth. Greet guests with a thick new welcome mat at the front door. Layer soft throw pillows and blankets to seating areas to create a cozy spot for reading, napping and movie watching. Make bedrooms more comfortable by swapping out lightweight summer sheets and blankets for flannel sheets and down comforters. Drape a luxurious throw blanket across the foot of a bed for quick comfort on cold nights.
Create some ambiance
Nothing says warm and cozy like a crackling fire. If you love the look of a wood fire but not the clean-up afterwards, fill your fireplace with pillar candles and light those up instead. Dress your fireplace mantle with organic elements like autumn gourds and leaves or pinecones. Lanterns, potted plants and a basket filled with knitted blankets can add extra texture and color to your hearth when it’s not in use. If you don’t have a fireplace, you can use these decorating ideas for other corners of your home. Create even more ambience on long fall nights by filling your entry or dining table with soft, flickering candles and carefully chosen lighting. String lights strewn across the front porch or tucked into mason jars and lanterns can create a comfy and romantic atmosphere outdoors.
Simmer in the kitchen
Try simmering slices of apples and oranges with cinnamon in a pot on the stove, burning fall scented candles or decorating your home with bowls of cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and dehydrated oranges. The autumn aroma will immediately put you in the mood for the season.
Set out books and boardgames
When you have guests over to visit this fall, you’ll want them to linger a while. Put out board games and coffee table books to encourage conversation and hours of entertainment.
By adding just a few decorative elements to your interior space, you may find yourself getting more enjoyment out of the cozy moments you spend at home this season.