Fall has arrived. Figuratively, if not literally.
How do we know? There are a few ways, not the least of which is the rapid onslaught of all things pumpkin spice. Another, a flood of emails encouraging me to buy sweaters and all manner of fall decor. On top of that, Labor Day has come and gone, marking the unofficial end of summer. And now it’s open season on all things Autumn.
I think most of us want to embrace the change—and we’re certainly ready for cooler weather—but doing that in our home decor can be a dicey proposition. If you’re like a friend of mine who goes all-out for every season—changing all her throw pillows, swapping out bedding and curtains, replacing towels, and switching knick-knacks—you can stop reading now. You know what you’re doing, and I’d guess you’re doing it well. But what about the design-challenged among us? Or those who lack the funds and storage for a full-scale home make-over three or four times a year?
We’ve got a few simple, easy-to-execute solutions to bring some seasonal spirit to your home.
Change up the decor in one specific spot in your home. Maybe it’s the mantel, maybe it’s a powder room, maybe it’s a kitchen wall. Where ever you choose, a couple of small changes can make a big difference. For example, a set of seasonal wall decals go up in minutes, come down in minutes, and are easy to change a couple of times a year.
Add an in-season decorative accent. Be it a platter on an ottoman-slash-coffee table, or a vase on the sideboard, one or two small swaps quickly take your home from generic to inspired.
Change the wreath on your front door. It seems obvious, but because it’s not something you see all the time, it’s easy to overlook. But again, little investment, big impact. You don’t have to go with anything that screams the season du jour, either. Simply choosing a color in keeping with the season is enough to set the tone. Maybe replace that cutesy beach-inspired wreath with something in a rich red that will get you through both fall and winter?
Get your kids in on the action. Now, if you don’t have kids at home, channel your own inner-child and you’ll be just fine. Let the kids choose a seasonal piece, either for the living area or for their bedroom. For younger children, giving them a choice of two or three parent-approved options works well, and with older children, a simple conversation and a little steering is likely all you need. This is a fun way to get everyone involved, and with the ease of the internet, you don’t even have to leave the house.
If you’re looking to take it one step further, blankets and pillows in the living room or on the bed are probably the next not-too-difficult undertaking. Simply swapping a plain or neutral throw blanket for a more seasonal choice makes a big difference. Same with changing out a throw pillow or two. You don’t even have to change them all, just choose a couple to put away, and a couple to add. Same goes if you’re looking for a bedroom make-over. In most bedroom, the bedding sets the tone, so trading that turquoise ombre lightweight quilt for a richer, heavier comforter is guaranteed to change the vibe. Not wanting to make a big investment? Add a throw pillow or three to a neutral quilt and you’re good to go.
Adding little seasonal touches to your home doesn’t have to be intimidating, and you don’t have to be a professional designer. Start small, and built your seasonal decor from year to year and before you know it, you’ll be set for every season.
Have a favorite tip or an easy way to spice up seasonal decor? Tell us about it in the comments.