Goodbye summer and hello fall with its crisp air, colorful scenery and festive holidays. Get into the spirit of the season with these decorating ideas that will spice up the look of your home. Here are six ways to bring that autumnal feel to the inside and outside of your house.
When cooler fall nights come, you’ll want to stay toasty and warm. Drape a plaid patterned or earth-toned throw blanket on your couches, chairs or outside seating so you can snuggle up under nature’s fall hues. Pair it with a decorative pillow or throw rug to add a cozy feel to other living areas in your home.
Pop in Color
Potted fall flowers like mums, a new seasonal color-complementing doormat, or a display of pumpkins add splashes of color to your porch. Inside, change your table cloth to a festive fall pattern or add a solid rust-colored runner under your place settings. Sprinkle in some gold accents like vases or trinkets on shelves to brighten up the room. Create a warm fall feel with foliage decorations displayed around a fireplace. (Be sure to keep them well away from open flames!)
Light it Up
Lights aren’t only for Christmas time. With sunset coming earlier, add decorative lighting to bring a warm glow around your home. Make a garland with leaves and lights, and hang them on the mantle of your fireplace or around your front door. Fill up a woven basket with leaves, gourds and pine cones and wrap lights around the base and handle. Use mason jars and fill them up with acorns and put a string of lights around or a tea light inside. Simple additions such as candles on the tables and by the windows can set the fall mood.
With just a stroll into your local craft shop, you can pick up DIY supplies that can enhance the fall feel of your home. Here are some ideas:
- Make a leaf bowl. Collect leaves — they could be one color or multiple. Blow up a balloon and brush glue on both sizes of leaves and place on top of the balloon. Layer the leaves and continue to glue until you make the bowl the size you want. Once the glue is dry, deflate your balloon by cutting a small hole. The balloon should come right off the bowl. At this point, your bowl is ready for display or to hold yummy Halloween candy.
- Decorate a pumpkin. There are so many ways to decorate a pumpkin from carving, to stencils, painting, or lights. A different way is to use craft nails and string to make a design on the pumpkin with a spider web effect.
- Make a cork craft. Instead of throwing away your wine corks, start saving them. There are so many crafts to make using cork. For fall you can simply glue them together into a pumpkin shape, add a cork stem on top, paint the ends orange and put some real or felt leaves and a bow around the stem. Kids will also enjoy making a cork turkey to adorn a Thanksgiving table or a cork scarecrow.
Leave a Scent
Some of our favorite smells are during the fall season—can you say pumpkin spice? You can bring those scents into your home in a variety of ways. Change the soap in your guest bathroom to a pumpkin, vanilla, apple or cinnamon scent. Put some scented candles or pine cones around the house or create a stovetop fall potpourri by boiling apples, cinnamon sticks, cloves, vanilla and nutmeg in a pot with water. Simmer and let the smells waft through the house. You can make non-cooking potpourri as well with a blend of dried fruits, nuts and spices in a mason jar.
Bring in Nature
The beautiful scenery of fall doesn’t have to be viewed only outside the window. You can easily bring pieces of nature inside like a basket of acorns or gourds for your table or a bouquet of fresh flowers in your vases. Pumpkins don’t have to sit on the porch.You can put decorated or light up pumpkins in your window and let the glow warm the inside of the house. You can even create some fall projects with nature’s supplies. Gather leaves to decorate around a picture frame, create a floating candle with leaves in the bowl, glitter some leaves and hang them up as decorations, or put some leaves in a picture frame or photo box and display them on a mantle or coffee table.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to fall decorations. You can simply buy ready-made items or use your creative skills to craft a unique seasonal display.