Yes, summer is a wonderful season. It’s warm, we get to be outdoors and it’s often the time of year we all get to take a much needed vacation. But, there is something magical about fall. We enjoy the distinct pleasure of warm days, interspersed with chilly nights that allow us to don our favorite sweaters and celebrate the return of the down comforter.
Honor the Change of Seasons in Your Home Decor With These Interior Design Tips for Fall
For interior decorators, fall signals a shift in how we think about our interiors. While outdoor areas will still be used, you’ll be spending more time indoors and will have an influx of guests to observe traditional holiday feasts and rituals. Changing your home with the season means bringing the outdoors in, honoring the changing leaves, colorful gourds and other natural elements.
Here are 8 ways to make your home fall fabulous, or Fallbulous!
- Start your leaf collection. Falling leaves are the quintessential symbol of fall and there are so many lovely ways to add them to your interior. Besides leaf-printed accent pillows, dishware or artwork, I recommend using real fall leaves. You can Mod Podge them onto complementary or contrasting pillar candles or the outside of mason jars with a votive tucked inside. The candle glow through delicate leaf tissue is gorgeous. Kids will love stringing autumn leaves on thread so they can be hung across doorway, shelves or book cases. Consider replacing flowers with leaves in your bouquets. Get creative and have some fun.
- Don’t neglect the porch. The porch serves as the your home’s initial “Welcoming Party” for guests so use the space to add a little fall cheer. Even a simple autumn wreath will set a more festive tone.
- Paint your pumpkins. If you are tired of using the traditional pumpkin displays, change it up by painting your pumpkins. Depending on your desired effect, you can have fun and paint them wild colors or you can be more demure. Using metallic paints is a wonderful way to infuse a little autumnal interest while still maintaining a more stately effect.
- Natural vases. Put your glass vases away and carve out pumpkins, gourds or even butternut squash to be used to house floral displays or as candle holders.
- Infuse it with scent. Part of the thrill of autumn is the yummy scents that go along with it. Make your interior a multi-sensory experience by using potpourri, essential oils or natural candles that infuse your home with cinnamon, clove, pumpkin pie, vanilla, or other homey scents.
- Consider your lighting. Since we “fall back” this season, we’ll have an extra three hours of dark and that requires a lighting adjustment. Beef up your supply of candles, twinkly lights and dimmable fixtures so you can add ambiance when desired.
- Display fall branches. From branches of maple leaves to bare branches adorned with acorn ornaments, you can use fresh-cut branches collected on your morning walk to adorn your home with fall inspiration. You can use some of those leaves you collected and thread them with a simple loop to hang on your branches as well.
- Top candlestick holders with pumpkins. Haul out every candlestick holder or pedestal and even your cake stands, for that matter. Put them to good use using a mixture of decor from small pumpkins and gourds to acorns, leaves, pine cones or whatever else symbolizes the return of fall for your family.
What are your favorite traditional decorations for fall? Share your fall decorating tips and tricks in the Kristina Wolf Design comment box below.