Transitioning Your Home For Fall
September 15, 2011
Don’t you just love September? The air is cooler, the leaves begin to change, and the kids are finally back in school! I can feel the seasons changing when I step outside which always leads to seasonal changes indoors too. This week I welcome back contributing writer Michelle of Ten June for her monthly column. Today, she’s sharing her best tips for transitioning your home from summer to fall.
Please welcome back Michelle!
“Doesn’t it seem like we just got used to our summer schedules? Long days by the pool, late nights catching fireflies, every dinner cooked on the grill. Then, all of a sudden, it’s September. Although I love summer, personally I’m ready for fall – there is something about the crisp, cool autumn air that puts a smile on my face.
However, my house still feels like it just settled into its summer vibe. Coral from this summer’s vacation still rests in a bowl on my dining room table. A nautical themed pillow remains on one of the slipper chairs in my living room. And I’m pretty sure there is still a pile of sand laying somewhere around my house.
If you’re like me, it might seem impossible to take your summer décor to fall without feeling as if you have to completely revamp your accessories. Well you don’t have to go Clark Griswold with your seasonal décor in order to bring fall into your home. Rest assured, these simple tips will help you to make those subtle changes to your home to easily make the transition from summer to fall.
1. Start with natural elements.
There is nothing quite as simple as sprucing up a space with natural elements. Head out to your yard and gather acorns, leaves, twigs and berries to create small autumn vignettes throughout your home.
Or stop by your local farmers market and pick up seasonal fruits and vegetables to decorate your home, such as apples, squash and pumpkins. Simply place the earthy elements in a natural fashion around your home, filling vases or bowls. Remember that natural items tend to stand out when clustered in similar color groups or textures.
2. Incorporate warm tones.
Accent your home with the colors that mirror the beautiful fall hues that you find outdoors, such as mustard yellows, purples, and burgundies.
Or mix varying shades of red, orange and yellow with sophisticated metallic sheens like gold and bronze.
If you’re feeling bold, add a few deep shades, such as a aubergine or cranberry. All of these colors help create a beautiful autumn ambience throughout your home.
3. Focus on scents and lighting.
In my world, few things say fall to me more than the smell of baking pumpkin pie. What do your memories of fall smells evoke? Fresh apples? Cinnamon? Most major retail stores have already put fall inspired candles out on their shelves, so pick up a few and light them up around the house. You’ll find that the soft glow of the candles also sets mood lighting for those shorter autumn days.
If candles aren’t your thing, create your own natural fall scents at home. Make up a batch of potpourri or simply boil apple cider, water and cinnamon cloves on the stove for a warm, cozy scent.
4. Let nature take the spotlight on your tabletop or sideboard.
The approaching holidays means that there are plenty of opportunities for hosting parties, dinners and other gatherings at your home this fall. Go ahead and get your table or sideboard ready for the season with a creative centerpiece and other beautiful fall inspired place settings.
Just because the season is changing doesn’t mean that you have to completely change your home décor as well. By bringing a few of these small, subtle fall touches, you will easily create an autumn ambience throughout your house in the most simple of ways.”
Well said Michelle, thank you so much! My favorite fall decorations are warm amber tones mixed with yard clippings of changing leaves, pinecones, various colored pumpkins and interesting gourds.
What are your favorite colors, scents, or natural elements you always bring into your home during the autumn season?