How to Make Your Home Feel Cozy for Fall

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?

In this post, I’ll share a few simple ways you can make your home feel and look cozy for fall. 

Do one or all of them! Small steps yield big rewards when it comes to decorating.

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Do you like your fall decorating to be easy? Try this list of simple ideas to transition your home from summer to autumn decor. Get your home feeling cozy in no time. Scroll to the bottom for my top tip on not breaking the bank on pumpkins :)

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1. Pile on the cozy throw blankets

Layer toss pillows and throws to make your home cozy

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.

Shop my favorite fall finds on Amazon.

2. Change up your toss pillows

Nothing is cozier than snuggling into a pile of pillows on the couch. We have a very well-loved leather sofa and I love changing up the pillows to get different looks.

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.

3. 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.

4. 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 a supporting cast to the really special pieces.

The pieces that make your home feel like you. 

5. 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.

6. Add or change your curtains

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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

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