Wednesday, October 30, 2019
4 Easy Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Fall
With the dog days of summer in our rearview mirror, it's time to embrace
all that fall has to offer
-vibrant leaves, crisp apples, chunky knits, a piping hot cup of cider. There's a definite
shift in our interiors
as well, with windows closed up and darker hours descending. And if you work a nine-to-five, chances are the sun is setting by the time you call it a day.
Thankfully, there are some easy steps you can take to give your home a refreshing makeover for fall. The key, according to
, is to create a foundation that lends itself to new layers with each season. Depending on your tastes, this can mean starting with softer hues like beige and gray or a high-low contrast in shades of black and white. Those who favor the bold might prefer a mix of vibrant colors and patterns for an eclectic foundation.
"If you're unsure of where to start, try sticking to
a neutral palette
for your larger pieces," she explains. "Doing this will ensure you're not pigeon-holed to a specific color story and allow you the flexibility to go bolder with your accessories if you're so inclined."
With this clean slate, follow her genius tips to make your home cozier than a pumpkin spice latte.
Add Seasonal Touches in Moderation
For autumnal decor that is both festive and sophisticated, Mueller says less is more.
"Add a mix of mums and pumpkins to your front porch, making sure to include a variety of widths and heights for interest," she notes. "A unique arrangement in your dining room or living room can give your space all the cozy fall vibes without being overwhelming"
The interior designer recommends starting with
, layering in flowers, and injecting a pop of metallics in gold, silver or rose gold.
Layer Textural Pillows and Throws
Fall is the best time to cuddle up on the sofa and binge-watch your favorite show. Up the cozy factor by adding extra
in chunky knits, Mueller says. Then, add pillows with textures like
, mohair, or
"For a modern edge, keep your palette monochromatic," she says. "Or mix colors and patterns like
or ticking stripe for a more traditional approach."
: You have our permission to add
greens to your home. (Those plants won't last on the porch once the temperatures drop, anyway.) Mueller loves
, eucalyptus branches, and orchids.
Don't have a green thumb? Don't worry. Try some
you might not hang year-round, for example. Mueller says easels make a smart, non-permanent installation.
Create a Signature Home Scent
We all love a good
, but there's a better way to inhale scents of the season without worrying about potential toxins. Mueller is all for a stovetop potpourri.
"Include anything from apples or oranges to cinnamon sticks, vanilla, cloves, pine needles, anise or lemon peels," she recommends. "Add any combo of the above ingredients with water in a pot, let simmer, and breathe in that intoxicating scent of autumn."
But, as Ina Garten always says, store-bought is also fine. If you're on the se
arch for a streamlined scent, purchase pre-packaged potpourri or create
a candle cocktail
Originally published by Apartment Therapy and written by
ANN LOYND BURTON
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2019
Eric and Sharla Stafford
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