With its bright, rustic colors, fall has a way to bewitch nearly anyone. Of course, it is a time when many people bring out their Halloween decorations, covering their homes with witch hats, cauldrons, faux spiders, Frankenstein masks, and other mystical and creepy things galore. However, there are also many ways to capture the beauty and the warmth of the autumn without using these more than common vices, and enhancing your home’s overall charm, and showcasing your sense of style.
To begin with, think of your autumn décor in terms of color. Rich reds, bold oranges, yellows, browns, are great for setting an autumn tone. Additionally, deep, dark purple also has a fabulous way of giving your home that fall feeling. You’ll want to accent your home in these colors, and steer away from cooler colors such as blue, and blue-pink. Using the warmer colors for fall as your décor guide is really the number one rule for an autumn inspired décor.
One of the best ways to bring fall into your home is with a wreath. I would recommend putting one on your front door, and even perhaps putting some around other areas of your home, such as your bathroom or kitchen. You may find, that a simple wreath or a few wreaths around the home, is really all you need for that fall effect. Wreaths come in all shapes and sizes, and in nearly every price range. Look for wreaths in the warmer colors I mentioned earlier, that are either made with dried flowers, leaves, twigs, or even fabric. I’ve found some great fall wreaths at Marshalls, Tuesday Morning, TJ Maxx and Etsy.
Another great way to decorate for autumn is with candles. Fall is definitely the candle season. Of course, you can purchase candles in the fall colors I mentioned but, you may find white or cream to look just as nice. Try grouping candles together of varying shapes and sizes, maybe displaying them on a nice fall themed plate. Or, if you have a fireplace that was renovated and cannot be used as such, get a large candelabra and put it right in your fireplace. Of course, single candles can look equally as charming when strategically placed. This brings us to home scents. Try purchasing some candles in some autumn scents like Yankee Candle’s Spiced Pumpkin or Autumn Wreath. Candles with autumn scents are like having two decorations in one. They are a very cost effective way to have a beautiful fall home, without going over board. I love using scented candles to achieve this. I recently bought a wax potpourri burner, which is similar to a candle, and have been really enjoying using it. It allows you to play with scents more than scented candles because the wax potpourri only lasts about 10 hours and is much more inexpensive, than buying a whole candle. Also, it seems that the scents are stronger in the wax potpourri burner than the standard candles. If you don’t have a wax potpourri burner, I highly suggest getting one. It’s worth the investment. On Yankee Candle’s website, they even seem to have some just for fall. Of course, fall is also an excellent time to cook stews, and dishes with cinnamon and pumpkin. If you are a cook, you may find you don’t need any scented candles because the wonderful aromas from your recipes provide enough of a scent already.
And lastly, feel free to replace any daily household items with similar items in warm, fall colors. For example, accent pillows used in your living room and bedroom can be replaced. You could also try putting up some seasonal artwork such as paintings or professional photographs of fall. The focus of these pieces of artwork could be just about anything related to fall, such as autumn leaves, a park, or flowers. Anything you accent your home with, plates, lampshades, blankets, baskets, can all be replaced to some thing that feels more like the season. However, the trick to putting out these accent pieces is, making sure that you have the storage space to put these other, daily items away. It’s important to remember to pack the things into storage that don’t go with your fall theme.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article on decorating your home for fall. Remember to check your décor accents each year. Just as styles in fashion go out of style, so do interior decorating styles. However, if you follow my suggestions in this article, not only with your home feel like fall, it will have a timeless, classic look that should last many Septembers, Octobers, and Novembers to come.