The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, pumpkin spice is ev.ery.where. You know what that means.
It’s fall y’all!
This is the time of year when so many of us crave a flip of the switch. From summer to fall. But how exactly should we go about making our homes the cozy fall haven we crave?
Here are a few simple ways you can make your home cozy for fall. Do one or all of them! Small steps yield big rewards when it comes to decorating
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Pile on the cozy throw blankets
There’s a throw blanket for every season! Add one or more throws to the living room couch or your favorite armchair. Not sure how to style a throw blanket? Here’s a quick how-to.
When the temperature dips, look for materials like faux fur and chunky knits, plaid patterns, and warm, rich colors. When in doubt? Lean into texture.
Change up your toss pillows
Nothing is cozier than snuggling into a pile of pillows on the couch.
Same as the throw blankets, you’ll want to keep the season in mind. Use warmer colors and cozier fabrics for fall and winter. Pack away the light bright and breezy until spring.
And more is more! At least in our house. We’re a family of pillow hogs.
Candles, candles, and more candles
The flicker of candlelight is almost instantly soothing. Whether you go scented or unscented is a choose your own adventure thing.
My hands-down favorite for any time of year is this gorgeous mix of citrus and sparkling sugar, but I also enjoy Macintosh apple, red currant, and anything smoky or leafy smelling. How about you? Are you team scent or unscented?
Regardless, add candles anywhere and everywhere for a cozy feel in your home.
Add home decor pieces that make you smile
Whether that’s family photos or a beautiful vase your best friend gifted you, choose your decorative accent thoughtfully. Sure, we all have filler, but it should be supporting cast to the really special pieces.
The pieces that make your home feel like you.
Decorate your mantle
Or if you don’t have a mantle, decorate your shelves. Skip the light, bright, and airy until summer. In the fall, aim for a fuller, more textured feel with layers of artwork, dried florals, candles (love those candles!), and found objects with a bit of wear to them. And if you want to add in some pumpkins, I won’t be mad at you
A well-dressed window makes your home feel considered and cozy. Think about what fabrics make you feel good and go with those. Options include anything from rich velvet curtains in deeper shades of your favorite accent colors to moody florals to floaty sheers.
The key is to focus on the qualities that you find cozy and feel-good.
Decorate with plants
Adding plants will instantly make your home feel cozier. Just that lovely splash of life — even if you go faux — will give a warm feeling of welcome. For fall, try olive, eucalyptus, or maple branches. Or forage some from your own yard! It can make for a truly stunning look.
Accessorize with books and board games
Putting out reading materials and games to play will remind everyone to settle in and slow down. Decorating with things you use physically will encourage more analog interaction and fewer electronics.
Layer in accent rugs
And added layer of warmth under your feet will put that cozy feel through the roof. A few sheepskins or vintage scatter rugs go a long way.
Swap your bedding
Put away the gauzy white duvet and layer on those flannel sheets and oversized throws. Add a few accent pillows to make your bed look extra cozy and inviting.
Add a new welcome mat
A cheerful welcome mat in a classic plaid or with a cheeky fall saying is the perfect way to great guests who swing by for some hot cider.
Speaking of pumpkins, add some outside
There’s nothing cozier or more fall-like than coming home to a riot of pumpkins and cheerful mums on your front porch. Add them to the curb too if you’re feeling extra festive! Dried cornstalks will also give that autumnal vibe and carry you through to Thanksgiving.
If you don’t want to drop a billion dollars on a porch full of pumpkins, consider buying just one gorgeous statement pumpkin for your dining table or entryway.