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Fall Decor Updates: 11 Ways to Transition Your Space for Fall

Changing seasons always makes us want to spruce up and change out some of our home decor. In the spring, it’s all about freshening up your space and clearing out the winter blues. But as the days start getting shorter, the air gets crisp, we’re all about making some cozy swaps to our decor to transition the space for fall.

Fall decorating changes and updates don’t have to be drastic. But small changes—whether it’s swapping out artwork, throw pillows, or tabletop decor—help your home adjust to the season and make your space reflect what’s happening outside.

If you’re ready to decorate for the fall and want some fall decor ideas, keep reading! We’ve got your fall decor checklist ready with small changes you can make in every room of the house!

How to Bring Fall to Your Bedroom

As the days get shorter and darker, we often start spending a bit more time in our bedrooms. This is a space where we can unwind at the end of the day, or slowly start our mornings. And making some textile and color updates can really up the cozy factor for the fall.

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Swap Out Your Upholstery

Swapping out upholstery is a great way to get your bedroom ready for fall and winter. Layer some cozy pillows onto your bed, and swap out lighter pillows for covers with rich, saturated tones. Bring in a duvet that is a bit heavier and warmer, and perhaps even adds a slight pop of contrast. (If you use a linen duvet cover in the spring/summer, swap it out for something darker or with a heavier fabric.)

You can use both upholstery and decor to bring in a more autumnal color scheme as well. Focus on fall color palettes by playing with saturated colors in your accents—whether those are earth tones, jewel tones, or even rich materials like leather. All of these add a great element of warmth to a space.

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Bring in Extra Layers

While in the spring and summer, you might want to focus on simplicity, the fall and winter are all about layering. Layer in baskets to help store more cozy necessities like pillows and throws. Layer in small furniture like poufs or a bench at the foot of the bed to make the space feel more full, comfortable, and cozy.

If you’re in the mood for a more significant change, think about upgrading to an upholstered bed for more coziness and softness in the space. You could also opt for darker nightstands in wood, metal, or stone to add contrast to the softness of an upholstered headboard. Of course, upholstered beds are seasonless and suitable for any time of year—but fall is a great time to make the switch.

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Turn Your Bedroom into a Sanctuary

Make your bedroom a crisp-weather sanctuary with your favorite candles, layered lighting, and a spot to curl up and read (or space to meditate, if you prefer). It’s all about turning it into a space where you can slip away for a bit of peace and quiet. Color schemes, textures, and layout all have big impacts on your mood, so make sure to consider these things when creating your sanctuary. If you’re looking to feel more grounded, go for earth tones. They’re perfect for fall, but are lovely to use year-round.

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Add Travel-Inspired Elements

Most of us aren’t traveling this fall, so what about adding elements of your favorite destinations or hotels into your own bedroom? Consider splurging on that luxe hand cream that your favorite hotel has, and keep it on your nightstand. Or perhaps keep a beautiful tray at the foot of your bed or on your dresser with a few favorite trinkets collected from your travels. (Or use it as a serving tray to enjoy coffee or tea in bed!)

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How to Bring Fall to Your Living Room

Living rooms are central to your home year-round. But as the weather cools off, they tend to become more of a gathering place than they are in the warmer months. Like your bedroom, a living room is a great place to bring in a fall color palette and cozy textiles and materials to make this room feel like a place where you can really unwind.

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Layer in Cozy Accents

In your living room, layer in cozy fall decor and accents. This is a great time of year to incorporate some chunky woven poufs to your space, along with more pillows in earthy, bold hues. You could even layer in some fun patterns on some of the pillows to add a pop of contrast!

We love layered lighting year-round, but in the fall it’s especially important. Incorporate some lanterns, candles, or string lights for touches of sparkle and warmth. And don’t forget to layer in some fall-inspire plants as well! Swap out the fresh greenery for dried florals or pampas grass, which is full of those fall vibes. You can also get your living room ready for the season with these fall mantel decor ideas.

Play With Contrast

If you have a cooler wall color, bring in warm touches in the accent decor to warm the space up for fall. You can do this through pillows, throws, and even natural materials that are on the warmer side, like rattan and seagrass. In fact, fall is a perfect time to take advantage of natural textures. Incorporating materials like jute, seagrass, and cane add a really lovely textural element to your space, which will make it feel more cozy and dynamic.

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How to Bring Fall to Your Dining Room

In the fall, dining rooms are typically the “it” room of the home. This space becomes the center of the home as you prepare for fall gatherings and holiday hosting. While things might look quite different in terms of hosting this year, dining rooms remain the center of the home. Not only are they where you gather for family dinners and potentially host guests—but it’s also likely become a space for working from home or where your kids spread out for distance learning, homework, or crafts.

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Layer in Seasonal Decor That Can Be Easily Moved

To transition your dining room for fall, as well as make it work for all of these multiple functions, all you need to do is make a few small changes. Bring in warm hues for fall in small accent pieces that can easily move around when you need to make adjustments for different uses of the space. You can bring in an autumnal color palette through small artwork, mirrors, vases and bowls, or even fall decoration like pumpkins or gourds.

Add Cozy Elements

You might not think of layering throws and pillows in your dining room—but this is actually a great way to cozy up your dining area. It gives the space extra comfort and warmth. If you want a more significant change, swap out two chairs for a bench or antique church pew, or switch from wooden chairs to upholstered options. A church pew will add rustic warmth to your space—perfect for fall—and upholstered chairs definitely make the space feel cozier.

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Create a Reading Nook

If you have a small dining room, add multiple functions by layering a bench with extra throw pillows in soothing but saturated earth tones. This will not only make dinners more comfortable, but also gives you a little reading nook to curl up with a book in the evening!

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How to Bring Fall to Your Entryway

Seasonally, entryways tend to get overlooked. However, this is a great space to place a bouquet of your favorite fall arrangement or even a few pumpkins or a wreath if you have the space.

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Make Room for Seasonal Necessities

As the weather gets colder, it’s crucial to make sure you have enough storage space for things like extra coats, shoes, scarves, and masks. So, baskets of varying sizes are great additions for an entryway, along with hooks for hanging coats and bags, and small catch-alls for your keys.

Swap Out Tabletop Decor

You don’t have to strictly use autumn seasonal decor to freshen up the look of a room for the fall. You can also make simple decor changes. Layer in some artwork that you don’t put out all year around for a special fall touch. Bring out the smaller bowls and catchalls for storing autumnal decor like pumpkins, gourdes, and leaves. If you have a darker corner in your space, maybe now is the time to upgrade to a table lamp for that spot. Introducing warm lighting is a must for fall.

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Trend Spotlight: The Cozy Fall Color Palettes We’re Loving for 2020

With fall, there often comes the desire to change out decor and bring cozier elements into our homes. A big way that you can change up the vibe of your space is through color. Bringing a different color palette into a room can completely transform how it feels. While you might have used a lot of whites, blues, and yellows for summer, fall is a great time to incorporate deeper and more saturated hues.

When refreshing the color scheme of a room for fall, you can always go with the classics, which mirror the colors of changing leaves—reds, oranges, golden yellows, browns. But you could also take a trendier approach for something a bit more bold. There are some great fall decor ideas and color trends out there right now that bring both warmth and personality to your space.

Our designers have been spotting bold colored rooms and deeply saturated hues throughout the design world that are making a big splash this fall—and we want to fill you in on what they are and how to incorporate them into your home. So, if you’re looking for simple and attainable ways to bring fall color decor trends into your space, keep reading!

 fall color schemesWays to Decorate With Trendy Fall Colors

When making fall decor updates, the colors you choose are just as important as the decor swaps you make. Opting for rich, saturated hues (like the ones we’ll show you in this post) will bring coziness and warmth into your space—perfect for when the weather gets cooler! And you can incorporate these colors in big or small ways.

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 fall color schemesTexture

Textiles are a perfect way to incorporate trendy fall colors. Whether through accent pillows, throws, or even a rug, you can bring in pops of these fall 2020 colors throughout your space. Bonus points for layering in different textures through these textiles as well! A lot of what will make these trendy fall colors come alive is textures, since they’re more saturated colors; the texture of a textile will bring more depth to the color.

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Decorative Accents

Tabletop decor is another great way to subtly incorporate these colors—through vases, decorative bowls, candles, or even the florals and greenery you choose. In fact, fall is a great time to swap out greenery for dried florals, sculptural branches, or grasses. We also recommend adding in more candles for that warm, layered lighting (and some cozy scents).

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 fall color schemesBold Moments of Color

Of course, if you’re in the mood for a bigger change, you can certainly incorporate these color palettes in a larger way, too—say, through painting a wall or swapping out an accent chair for one in a trendy fall hue. This will make a big impact, but each of the trendy fall color palettes we’re unpacking today will have legs far beyond the fall. They’ll still be relevant in winter 2020 and far beyond—so you don’t have to paint your walls seasonally or constantly be purchasing new furniture.

But, whether in big ways or small, these trendy color palettes are a fun way to breath new life into your home this fall. Keep reading for four of our favorite fall 2020 color trends!

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 fall color schemesDeep Olives and Woods

Is anything quite so cozy as deep greens mixed with warm wood tones? We’re going to go with no. The combination of wood elements with deep olives is one of those very warm and cozy fall color schemes that we can’t get enough of. Woods mix really well in this color palette, since they pop against earthy, saturated greens, and can range from lighter to darker wood tones.

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Why We Love It

Not only do earthy greens go beautifully with wood pieces, but this duo can also be accented with other earth tones like terracotta, tan, sage, khaki, and cream. Leather accents also bring out the richness of both wood and green tones. All of this allows for a layered look and the opportunity to really personalize this trendy color palette.

Stylist Tip: Layer in some dried branches as another wooden element and a piece of quintessential fall decor!

Earth Purple and Brown

We’re seeing a lot of this deep, inky, earthy shade of purple this fall. This heavily saturated hue pairs perfectly with deep brown woods and other natural materials such as seagrass and jute, which really make this color pop.

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Why We Love It

This deep, earthy purple makes a great base for a jewel-tone color palette. It has a luxurious feel to it, and depending on the colors you pair it with it can bring out both purple or deep red undertones—which makes it easy to further personalize this look. Either way, it pops against neutrals and brings a resonant depth to your space.

Stylist Tip: Try pairing this color with dried florals that have deep purple or red tones to add to the fall vibe.

 fall color schemesCharcoal with Saturated Earth Tones

If you want a more nuanced and layered color palette that’s also on-trend for 2020 color schemes, try mixing charcoal with deep greens and pops of earth tones and crisp neutrals. This shade of pine green has cooler undertones, but placing it alongside natural materials really warms it up.

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Why We Love It

There’s something very sophisticated about this color combo. Charcoal is also a great way to bring low-key contrast into a color scheme. Charcoal pairs beautifully with earth tones, offering both contrast and depth. But it’s not as harsh as black, so it creates a softer look.

Stylist Tip: Fall is a great time to layer in more natural materials to your space, giving it added texture. Jute rugs, woven poufs, knit woolen throws, cane, seagrass, and other natural textures, all coming together in an earthy palette to create warmth and textural diversity in your space.

 fall color schemesHigh-Contrast Neutrals and Blues

Blue and beige might not be a color combo you naturally think of for a fall color palette—but high-contrast neutrals are actually a very trendy color combo this fall. When paired with other warm neutrals, a blue and beige palette takes on a rustic warmth that’s perfect for fall.

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Why We Love It

The coolness of a blue and beige palette is warmed up when paired with natural wood, warm tans, and leather accents—resulting in a space that feels quite cozy. Not big on decorating with bold colors? This is a perfect way to warm up your space while staying among neutrals.

Stylist Tip: Bring contrast into your space in a bold way by swapping out light and airy curtains for heavier navy drapes.

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Fall New Arrivals

Stylist Picks: Our Favorite Fall New Arrivals

Fall New ArrivalsIt’s almost that time of year again… Fall is on the horizon, and if you’re as excited as we are, you’re probably dreaming of pumpkin spice everything, cozy sweaters, and – of course – fall new arrivals!

That’s right. From fashion to home decor, fall is the season to explore new collections and switch up your look with all the amazing new furniture on the market. To help get you inspired, our Modsy designers picked their favorite fall new arrivals. Get the scoop on why we love them and shop them all in one place.

Finley Chair, Noir

The Finley chair is one of our favorite new pieces for fall. With its mid-century style teak frame and rattan seat, it adds the perfect pop of eclectic flair to any space.

The Mika Rug in Granite, Loloi

Subtle earth-tones are the stars of the show in this natural hued rug from Loloi. Made of polypropylene, it’s a gorgeous addition to any room at an even better price-point. We call that an all-around winner.

fall new arrivalsGeo Large Raffia Plate, All Across Africa

This woven raffia plate is our new go-to for rounding out surface styling. Add this piece to your coffee table for a little high-contrast catchall, or hang on the wall for an organic pop of texture.

Essential Basket, Colonial Mills

We love a good basket. And one with neutral, sophisticated style is even better. Add a few of these fall new arrivals to your home for easy – and stylish – storage. Use them to collect pillows, books or magazines, and even kids toys in almost any room of your home.

Avaris Sandstone Bowl, CB2

A beautiful natural tone, this bowl is a stylist-favorite for its eclectic flair and raw texture. Not to mention every piece is hand-carved by artisans in Bali, meaning each bowl will be unique!

Nebula Pillow, Tanjore

Bring on the cozy vibes with this fun throw pillow from our exclusive brand, Tanjore. Offering a versatile and organic pattern, this pillow is the perfect addition for a neutral pop of texture in any design.

Shibori Indigo Wall Art, Antique Curiosities

Shibori is always a fan-favorite among our designers! This piece offers organic texture and cool-tone hues that add a great pop of contrast to a living room or bedroom.

fall new arrivalsFaux Olive Tree, Crate & Barrel

A great pop of greenery and natural texture, this faux olive tree is an instant favorite for a forgotten corner. It’s artificial nature means it’s 100% kill-proof and requires little maintenance.

Camel Palmetto Pouf, Tanjore

We’re loving the shape, color, and woven texture of this pouf! It’s one of our favorite fall new arrivals and is the perfect durable addition to create a cozy and comfortable space.

Nole Accent Table, Coast to Coast

Our stylists are loving this side table for its sculptural shape. The Nole is the perfect accent piece to pair next to a chair or at the end of a sofa.

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