The first day of fall was Friday, September 22, and I’m thinking about interior decorating ideas to make it feel like the season: cozy, comfortable, and intimate with the comforts of home. Here are some ways to bring a little fall into you home, no matter where you live.
Decorate with fall-colored flowers
Some people don’t like the beginning of fall. Maybe it’s a sad time, making them think of how quickly time passes in life. Others tell me they don’t like the days getting shorter with more darkness — it can affect people’s moods. They might not like fall colors because it makes them think of this time of year.
But I think colors like umber, sienna, ochre, antique gold, and rich reds are some of the most vibrant and lovely of any season. When it comes to interior decorating, these colors create a gorgeous accent.
One of the easiest ways to bring the feel of fall into your home is with a bouquet of flowers (or several!) in fall colors. You local florist or even grocery store is sure to have several options from which to choose. Seasonal plants, like mums, are a great choice if you want a potted plant, and lots of cut flowers are available in fall colors, too.
Add seasonal decor
After you’ve found a bouquet of flowers you like, look nearby for small pumpkins or gourds. These are in season and look great in groups of three or five next to a vase. Little orange gourds looks adorable placed around the house, like next to a soap dish in the bathroom. You can also create a kitchen table centerpiece using small pumpkins, squash, and gourds. This is an opportunity to get creative and enjoy these pretty fruits and vegetables.
Light some candles
Because this is the time of year it starts to get colder, we naturally look for warmth, and candles a beautiful, if symbolic, source. So turn off the bright overhead lights, turn on lamps, and light some candles to create a snug ambiance in your home. There are so many lovely arrangements available, from tea light holders to candelabras. Have fun shopping online or in stores and find some that appeal to you. One word: I do always warn clients to follow candle safety rules and supervise any open flame carefully.
Get out your throw blankets
Part of getting cozy is keeping warm. Now is the time to dig out your throw blankets from storage and put them on chairs, couches, and beds. Visually, they add a comfy element, in addition to providing actual warmth on cooler days and evenings. If it fits your room’s color palette, consider including some throws in fall colors. Deep reds are a good choice because they work through fall and into the holiday season.
Enjoy a fire
What is more cozy than sitting in front of a roaring fireplace with a glass of wine or a cup of cocoa? Get that blanket, light a candle nearby, and it’s just about perfect! This does take the most preparation of any of my ideas, though: you need to have a chimney sweep clean it at the beginning of the season so you don’t risk a creosote fire up the chimney. (Check out these fireplace safety tips.)
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