The first day of Fall is upon us, and with the turning of the season, nature takes on some pleasant changes. We feel the crisp air roll over us and see the leaves don vibrant colors; bountiful harvests grace our tables, and we cannot help but feel a draw to the outdoors, as we light bonfires, eat s’mores, and rake piles of leaves to jump in with glee. Autumn is a festive season, a time when nature cheers with vibrancy before the bitter winter. To celebrate the beginning of Fall, here are six decorating tips to bring the cheer of the season into your home.
Freshen Up the Front Door
Display a bountiful harvest at your front door! Line the porch steps with pumpkins and gourds of various sizes and colors, and intersperse the vegetables with potted croton and mums to enhance the Fall color scheme. Purchase a plain coir doormat and transform it with spray paint to appear more festive amidst the Autumn fruition. And, construct a festal wreath for your door, which you can brighten with a new coat of paint of a different color.
Sources: 37 Cozy Ways to Decorate Your Porch for Fall; DIY Triangle-Print Fall Doormat; How to Make a Stenciled Fall Welcome Mat; DIY Painted Magnolia Leaf Wreath; 20 Fall Wreaths That Will Instantly Add Autumn Flair to Your Door; Why Fall is the Right Time for a New Front Door Color; The Best of Fall: 6 Color Choices You Should Try on Your Front Door
Make Use of the Fireplace
As the crisp Autumn air sets in, there is an irresistible urge to cozy up by a warm fire with a good book and a glass of wine. A lit fireplace always looks inviting to guests, and you can add to its charm by decorating the mantel with seasonal décor. Your options are unlimited to frame a nicer flame; you can use an autumnal garland or collections of seasonal emblems – leaves, acorns, pumpkins, pinecones, and more – or even frame your favorite Fall quote.
Bring Fall Color to the Room(s)
Fall colors are warm, vibrant, and cozy; your room can feel the same way with strategically-chosen items that reflect the season’s color palette. This can be earth-tone furniture made of natural materials or smaller articles – hanging art, pillow covers, rugs, or throws – of red, orange, copper, bronze, and wine.
Bring the Outdoors Inside
Autumn is a second spring, nature’s moment of second splendor; walk outside, and you see every leaf is a flower and the air smells of spice. The most simple and inexpensive way to decorate your home this season is to walk outside and gather autumnal icons – birch tree branches, pinecones, nuts, berries, Fall wildflowers, pumpkins, etc. – to fill your home. You can create lovely centerpieces with baskets of harvest apples or grace the bookshelves with colorful leaves; go online and discover you can make a wide assortment of DIY decorations that last longer than a season.
The soft, warm glow of candles adds to the charm and comfort a room may already possess if donned with autumnal flair. Lanterns or glass hurricane lamp globes with pillar candles surrounded by acorns, coffee beans, or candy corn make appealing centerpieces for coffee tables or showpieces descending the steps of the porch. You can also hollow out small pumpkins, gourds, or blocks of wood to make unique candleholders. And, to enhance the Fall ambiance, scented candles will please the senses.
Add Rustic Elements
We identify Autumn as harvest time, and as such think of farmers and farmsteads; therefore, incorporating rustic features in your home décor is a popular design choice. You can find all sorts of materials available at Hobby Lobby and Michaels, like faux cotton branches and wheat stalks, or explore antique stores in search of old watering cans, pitchers, wagon wheels, deer antlers, and farm tools.