by Alex Thatcher
Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. The weather turns cooler and the landscape is transformed into a blazing glory of reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. The season is so inspiring for creativity, it’s no reason why so many homeowners choose to bring the rich colors of the fall season inside.
If you’re looking for some easy and subtle ways to incorporate fall’s warm color patterns into your home this season, here are five easy design tips for you to try.
#1: Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint
The fall season starts off for many homeowners with a thorough home cleaning. This makes fall the perfect time of year to change things up by applying a warmer color to your home’s walls. Just like the annual fall harvest, you’ll have a bounty of sumptuous colors to choose from, including grays, browns, charcoals, reds, gold, or even orange.
Or, choose a combination of colors to get the effect you desire. Best of all, the cooler temperatures outside will allow you to open up the windows, which will help make this task easier and more comfortable than it would be trying to get it done in summer.
#2: Give Your Room a Rustic Touch
For those who love things on the rustic side, fall is usually a favorite season. This is because so many rustic elements fit so perfectly in with the fall aesthetic. For instance, use old wooden crates for storage, take a trip to your local flea market and find some curiosities to add a splash of uniqueness to your room, or pick up a quaint old coffee table. In interior design, everything old is new again, and this is never more evident than during the fall season.
#3: Accents, Accents, Accents
Of course, you can always bring the outdoors inside in the most literal sense. This works especially well if your room already has a neutral tone. Just visit your local arts and craft store and pick up some faux fall “greenery” to serve as design accents. Such things as leaves, gourds, pumpkins, fall-colored flowers, bushes, vines, and branches with bright-red berries add brilliance and ambiance to any setting.
And, you can use these elements throughout your home to create a unified atmosphere of warmth. Add these autumnal accents on everything from your mantle to your side tables. You can even create toppers for your light fixtures, table centerpieces, a wreath for the front door, and foyer decorations. In the kitchen, remove the oranges from your decorative bowl and fill it up instead with miniature pumpkins and gourds.
#4: Break Out the Warm Fabrics
In fall, the temperature starts to drop at night, so this makes for the perfect time to break your favorite old throws out of the closet. Drape them over your couches and chairs so they’re right where you need them. In the meantime, they’ll look great as warm accessories and accents in your fall-themed room.
For an even more complete look, add some richly hued throw pillows, replace your wall hangings with more seasonal-appropriate art, and swap your summer candles for those featuring fall colors and fragrances. If you have light, breezy drapes in your living room, then switch them out with heavier, darker colored or textured drapes for added warmth and coziness.
#5: Bring the Scents of Fall Inside
Some scents just bring to mind the richness and warmth of the fall season. And, adding these scents throughout your home is an easy and affordable way to bring the beauty of fall inside. Choose from scents like apples and cinnamon, pumpkin spice, vanilla, clove, cranberry, gingerbread, hot buttered rum, and others.
Just be careful not to incorporate too many different scents throughout the home, or they could intermingle to become a less enjoyable fragrance. Stick with one or two fragrances, and your home will smell as good as it looks this fall.