As Fall sneaks up on us, so does the colder weather. The light and airy design elements that balanced out the summer heat now feel too cool and stark. Autumn is the time for steaming mugs of tea, a toasty fireside and, overall, a home that you want to snuggle up in. Here are five ways to begin transitioning from the breeziness of summer to the coziness of fall:
1) Add a Dash of Fall Color
This season is ripe with warm colors: gold, ochre, russet and orange are just a selection of autumn's rich palette. These warm tones are known for making rooms feel intimate and cozy. When fall hits, try adding splashes of these colors throughout your home. Pay special attention to accent items that you can change for each season like rugs, chunky throws, or pillows pillows.
2) Play with Autumn Flavors
For many people, the scents of baking are a reminder of snug kitchens, family gatherings, and holiday treats. Exchange plain or summer themed candles for autumnal scents like pumpkin spice and apple pie. Even decorating with food elements like gourds and pumpkins helps to accentuate that cozy kitchen feel.
3) Bring Nature Inside
Spending time outside benefits your health and helps you relax. To continue your inviting atmosphere, use calming vignettes like a bowl of polished rocks, a pinecone wreath, or a group of twisty branches. You can even add in firewood for a rustic touch.
4) Use Textures and Layers
Soft chunky blankets, plush pillows, and fuzzy rugs all create a feeling of warmth and security. Layer these elements in gathering areas and bedrooms both for practicality and that snuggly feel!
5) Mix In Warm Lighting
The glow of a table lamp can take a room from wide and cool, to soft and inviting. Especially during the colder months when natural lighting is scarce, try placing floor or table lamps around your house. This is called task lighting. When shopping for bulbs, remember to aim for warm lighting rather than cooler tones.
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