If you’re basking in the long shadowy sunlight and smelling the pumpkin spice in the air, you don’t need a calendar to tell you: Fall is officially here – and we’re hopelessly enamored by the season’s cascade of golden leaves, cool breezes and the warm embrace of a crackling fireplace.
While nature dons its most enchanting attire, we’ve got the itch to bring that coziness indoors. That’s why we’re infusing every room in our homes with an autumnal spirit – and we’re here to help you do it, too. Here’s how to create a cozy autumn aesthetic you can enjoy all season long.
Autumn showcases a color palette both rich and nuanced. It's a delicate balance of deep reds and burnished golds, paired with earthy browns and dusky blues – think of crisp fall leaves against a crystal-clear sky.
To bring the season’s natural beauty indoors, consider experimenting with these shades – and that doesn’t mean repainting your home. Textiles and accessories serve as easy mediums for introducing a richer color palette into your home.
While browns, oranges and golds might be typical of the season, feel free to think outside the foliage with other shades – just keep the colors earthy and rich. Homes & Gardens shares several brilliant ideas for creating a fall palette that speaks to your design aesthetic, from burnt oranges to cozy neutrals and all the vibrant shades in-between.
The living room is often the home's focal point – and a natural gathering place for family and friends. To create a cozy fall-like atmosphere, start with textiles. Chunky knit blankets draped over couches invite hours of snuggling. Replace bright summer cushions with those featuring autumn scenes – think forests, wildlife, and harvest motifs. Bookshelf décor can be replaced by decorative mini pumpkins and fall foliage for an easy update.
Your coffee table is a natural spot to feature an autumnal centerpiece. A tray nestled with scented candles, surrounded by dried orange slices and cinnamon sticks, can captivate both the eyes and the nose. If you’re feeling ambitious, a seasonal gallery wall featuring framed autumn landscapes can be a fun and cozy accent to your space – not to mention a conversation starter.
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It’s the place you gather for warm soups on chilly fall evenings and help little hands cut out perfect pumpkin-shaped cookies. This season, your kitchen can be subtly transformed into an autumnal retreat with just a few touches. Copper-toned utensils, when displayed, bring in that autumnal glow. A rustic bowl filled with apples, nuts, and cranberries can sit on your countertop, ready to be used for impromptu fall treats. Cloth napkins featuring leaf prints or cozy plaids, ceramic mugs in muted tones and even copper-toned fairy lights draped above the kitchen island can elevate your space into an autumn haven.
To make sure fall is – and stays – in the air, simmer a homemade potpourri over your stove. We love the combination of sweetness and spice in this recipe from Home Baked Bliss.
As nights grow cooler, bedrooms can be sanctuaries of warmth. Changing out light, summery window coverings for heavier drapes in deep maroons or forest greens can add warmth to your room – both literally and figuratively.
Velvet cushions in jewel tones paired with rich, woody fragrances like sandalwood or patchouli can instantly transform the room’s ambiance. Consider changing out bed linens for heaving, cozier textiles like velvet, mohair or wool. Use trays on dressers or night tables to display spiced candles or get a gentle autumn glow with a rattan lantern.
If you’re entertaining, accent place settings with dried leaves as unique name tags for family and friends. As a finishing touch, adding in low, cozy lighting with candles or lanterns will instantly make the room feel seasonal and festive.
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Entryways are your home’s first impression – and they can easily set the tone for seasonal warmth throughout the fall. Entryway benches can be accented with rich blankets in earthy tones, while hanging a mix of straw hats and scarves on wall hooks can speak to the changing season.
Other accessories – like an antique bowl holding simple pinecones – will be both welcoming and festive on a console table, while the juxtaposition of a plush rust-toned doormat against a cool floor can make every entrance or exit memorable.
For those in warmer areas of the country where fall still brings outdoor gatherings, it’s easy to update outdoor spaces for the season ahead. Terracotta pots brimming with autumn flowers, like chrysanthemums in deep oranges and yellows, subtly signal the change of seasons.
For less subtlety, hay bales draped with blankets can serve as unique seating for evening gatherings. And lanterns with LED candles hung at different heights can create a cozy, inviting starlit ambiance regardless of the occasion.
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Yes, even bathrooms can be touched by fall. To bring in seasonal accents, use items you already have in your bathroom – like baskets and organizational trays. Fill these with textiles in autumn hues and soaps in the fall’s most captivating scents. Candles and lanterns add a cozy glow to the bathroom and give it a spa-like vibe.
For accessories, think amber-colored soap dispensers and potpourri bowls filled with dried petals and cinnamon bark.
To capture the true allure of the season, think beyond the visual. Fall engages every sense, weaving a rich tapestry of experiences that defines these golden months. Here’s how to capture that autumn essence through every sense.
Sounds can profoundly impact our mood, and these gentle reminders of nature can bring tranquility, making moments of relaxation or reading more immersive. Whether you use a dedicated sound machine, a playlist or apps that curate nature sounds, enveloping your home with the auditory beauty of autumn can be both festive and calming.
These fall flavors don't just satisfy the palate but evoke the very essence of the season. Even a simple bowl of roasted nuts or a pot of herbal tea with hints of cloves or ginger can elevate everyday moments, making them feel autumnal.
Texture plays a pivotal role in our sensory experience. Autumn is synonymous with layers, warmth and varying tactile sensations. Introduce fabrics and materials that you instinctively want to touch – think soft cashmere throws, chunky knit cushions or rustic burlap table runners. The juxtaposition of different materials – like the roughness of dried autumn leaves against the smoothness of polished wood – can be delightful. Encourage tactile exploration by placing textured decor items around the home, ensuring every touch echoes the season’s warmth.
Additionally, opt for motifs that evoke autumn memories – think patterns of bare trees, migrating birds or even abstracts that merge autumn's color palette. These subtle visual elements can deeply resonate with the season's aesthetic.
Scent is the strongest sense linked to memory and emotion. The fragrances of autumn can transport us to moments from the past or evoke the natural world's beauty. If you use home fragrance, change up the scent to one that celebrates the warm spicy comfort of the season. Along with creating your own simmering scent, as explained above, you could place sachets filled with dried lavender, cedarwood or pine in closets and drawers, ensuring every nook carries a hint of the outdoors.
Autumn, in its essence, is a reminder of nature's rhythms and the transient beauty of life. By weaving its hues, textures and fragrances into your space, you’re not just decorating – you’re celebrating a season known for gratitude and togetherness. Bringing cozy fall touches into your home will help you embrace every moment of this magical golden season.