Embrace Fall Colors: Our Favorite Autumn Design Tricks

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Cool autumn weather is just around the corner, along with promises of hayrides, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and beautiful multi-colored scenery. Although the season of apple cider, pumpkin spice, and Halloween candy is a lovely time to enjoy the great outdoors, there are plenty of autumn design tricks that help create the cozy feeling of fall within your own home. 

Regardless of the size of your living space or your budget, it’s easy to enhance the coziness of your house with a few simple decor alterations or some basic DIY skills. Here are some of our favorite autumn-inspired interior design tricks guaranteed to warm up your home and charm your guests: 

1. Deck out your dining table.

To give your dining table a quick makeover, swap out your table runner for one in a brown, orange, or red hue, and add complementary cushions or slipcovers to the chairs. Vintage or rustic plates look especially charming against a backdrop of fall colors, so feel free to visit the thrift store or dig through your cabinets for some pretty older dishes.

For an effortlessly elegant dining room centerpiece, venture outdoors to gather bright leaves, acorns, gourds, herbs, feathers or other natural elements that catch your eye. I’s totally up to you how you’d like to create your unique dining table aesthetic, but if you need a bit of inspiration, here are some simple, inexpensive, and gorgeous tutorials to help you get started:

2. Add warmth to the entryway.

When you come home at the end of a long day, creating a welcoming entryway will help you start relaxing as soon as you walk in the door. One simple idea is to switch your current entryway table with a simple bench adorned with a few colorful throw pillows. If you don’t have the space for a bench in your entryway, you can still add some home-y elements to your porch or entryway with this adorable DIY pumpkin bin.

3. Go wild with patterns.

Layering colors, textures, and patterns is highly encouraged in the fall season. From faux fur throw blankets to cute tartan pillows, the rustic elements seem to effortlessly complement each other in a way that can instantly warm up any room in your home. Try pairing plaids with stripes, adding wool accents to your current decor, or overlapping rugs in different colors. If you really want to enhance the fall ambiance, go further by investing in an orange velvet accent chair or a rich red copper coffee table.

4. Bring indoor elements to your porch or patio.

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy warm evening bonfires and cozy afternoon reading sessions, so you shouldn’t neglect your outdoor spaces when giving your home a fall makeover! Cover your seating areas with throw blankets to keep guests warm, and add some cute lanterns or string lights to keep the area well-lit even when the sun sets early in the evening. Add some orange or yellow mums in some rustic planters, a basket, or an adorable old wagon for an additional pop of color.

5. Incorporate natural materials in every room.

Wooden tables, accent chairs, or benches easily complement any decor you may already have in your home, and the neutral material will help the brighter fall colors stand out. With an extra wooden accent table, crate, or centerpiece box, your home will feel more like a cozy rustic cottage rather than an airy summer house. If you’d prefer a metallic look, you can’t go wrong with adding copper elements to your kitchen, living room, bedroom, or bathroom. The versatile, natural metal is the perfect complementary material for fall, due to its orange-red hue and effortless shine. Try adding a copper side table in the living room, copper cookware for your kitchen, or copper planters for your patio, and you’ll likely end up keeping them up all year-round!

6. Focus on making simple changes.

It can be easy to go overboard when it comes to decorating, especially if autumn is your favorite season. Instead of making dramatic changes, such as painting an accent wall bright yellow or purchasing dozens of mini pumpkins to place around the house, focus on easy, sustainable switches you can make year after year. For example, you can purchase a set of seasonal towels for your bathroom to use every autumn, along with an accent rug or a scented candle. For the living room, try mixing things up by using different slipcovers or swapping out the covers of your decorative pillows. Sometimes, the littlest things can make the biggest difference!

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