As the season shifts from summer to fall, it’s time to prep your home for the cozier days ahead – mornings spent indoors by the fire with a book or evenings entertaining family and friends.
With that in mind, there are simple ways you can change up your rooms to savor all that autumn has to offer, indoors. From making simple decor swaps to preparing party-ready spaces, here’s our checklist of easy updates that will ensure your home is warm, inviting, and comfortable throughout fall and beyond.
Let in the Autumn Light
It may seem counterintuitive to leave your windows bare during this seasonal transition as temperature cools, but it’s the best moment to let in the beautiful autumn daylight and usher in a sense of seasonal warmth.
If you have curtains or heavy drapes, pull them back all the way until winter sets in, and you can also hang a large mirror on a wall to reflect more of the natural light in a room.
Think Seasonal Hues
Embrace a fall color palette in large and small ways. Whether it’s adding a small tan leather pouf, layering in touches of gold and brass accents, or simply bringing in seasonal flowers in shades of reds and oranges, filling your room with colors that recall autumn’s changing foliage will help bring the season’s beauty indoors and play up a cozy atmosphere.
Get Set for Cocktail Hours
Fall always signals the beginning of party season. Make sure you’re ready to host happy hour gatherings and cocktail parties by checking to see you have enough extra seating in your living room, a bar cart for drinks, or even just trays to make serving simple.
Thinking about hosting movie marathons and game nights? Be sure you pile some extra pillows onto your sofa for added comfort; now’s the time to get a few small ottomans that you can easily move around for additional seating or side tables.
Start Prepping for Holiday Gatherings
There are cocktail parties and then there are holiday parties and family gatherings. Year-end festivities have a way of always sneaking up on all of us so autumn is the best time to start readying your space.
Start by making sure you have lots of seating spread across your living and dining rooms; and if you need a new dining table or a buffet to host big dinners, now’s the time to get those pieces in.
Double check that your entry area is free of clutter. And if you’re expecting overnight guests at some point during the season, prepare fresh linens and nice toiletries in your guest room.
The key is to start now—because the holidays will be here before you know it.
Settle Into Cozy Textures
Swap out your summer linens for cozier throws, pillows, and textures. Think velvet and leather cushions, chunky cable knit blankets, a warm duvet, and fluffy sheepskin rugs. It’s all about embracing snug fabrics, such as wool and cashmere, in lots of small ways.
And no need to stop there: woven textures and warm, grainy wood accents are textures that can enrich rooms as well. Try pulling in a small bench with a woven seat or simply adding baskets and wooden bowls as accents in your living space or bedroom.
Spread Some Ambient Light
Whether it’s moving a floor lamp over to a reading corner or hanging plug-in sconces next to a bookcase, good lighting that’s evenly distributed throughout your rooms will bring a romantic and moody glow to your fall evenings.
Having the right lighting in place will also add to the season’s overall festive mood, so consider placing a table lamp by your entry or swap in some new pendants to brighten up your dining room.
And of course, don’t forget to fill your rooms with candlelight as finishing touches that add elegant glimmer.
Rethinking your home for fall?