Transitioning Your Living Room for Fall
by Kate Riley on October 4th, 2012
It’s fall! And beyond paint and furnishings, here are some simple ideas you can use to decorate your main living spaces for the season that don’t require spending too much or making major changes.
Introduce Warm Tones. The colors of autumn most commonly include shades of earth, pumpkin, and spice. To bring the feel of fall indoors into your living room, repeat those shades in the form of amber glass, dark wood tones, and accessories in shades of burnt orange or deep brown.
Light Candles. When we think of fall, the scents of apple bread and pumpkin pie come to mind. Gather a collection of candles (either scented or not) in a tray, and light them up as the sun sets for instant ambiance.
Bring Autumn Indoors. Fall always puts on an elaborate show and every year we’re supplied with an abundance of leaves, acorns, and gourds. Insert these inexpensive (or free!) natural accents into and around your favorite decorative objects for an effortless display.
Cozy Up With a Throw. Chilly nights mean it’s time to layer our rooms with comfortable blankets and cozy pillows for reading, lounging, or visiting with friends and family. Pull out those blankets you’ve had tucked away all season or splurge on some new accent pillows in fall colors to freshen up your living room space.
Keep Seasonal Decor Simple. Displaying nature is easiest and simplest when layered over your existing decor. Natural elements like branches bring sculptural quality. Introduce interesting texture with pumpkins or gourds to form a simple seasonal vignette. Spending less time decorating indoors allows for more time appreciating the autumn show outdoors.
It only takes a few moments to transition a living room from summer to fall. Make a trip to the local market to buy a fresh bouquet of sunflowers or a collection of pumpkins. Better still, take a nature hike with your favorite friends or family to gather your own collection of acorns, pine cones, dried grasses, or branches. There’s no shortage of autumn bounty to bring indoors during the fall season, right? What are your favorite colors, scents, or decorative objects that you bring into your living spaces this time of year?