Of all the seasons, there is none which invades our senses as dramatically as autumn. The overwhelming pageant of rich, robust colors and textures triggers a desire to bring some of that lavish display right into our homes. Here are some fall decorating tips that cost little but make your home beautiful.
Decorate your porch
The staggering beauty and the cool breezes of the fall season are best enjoyed from a good vantage point outdoors, like your porch or patio. So why not transform it into a seasonal outdoor room where you and the family can have supper by candlelight?
Power wash your porch till it’s spanking clean and, if necessary, give it a coat of rust color or whichever fall hue is suitable. Get your porch furniture to echo the mood of the season by using the warm fall colors for seat cushions, pillows, rugs and table runners. Use your creativity to designs your placemats with fall-inspired themes. A tall vase with sprays of beautiful dried grasses or autumn leaves can adorn the table. If you have an outdoor fireplace, place some fall artwork you have done near it, so that it stands out. Don’t be afraid to use the best of nature’s bounty to decorate!
And at the entrance to the porch or your entry door hang a traditional fall wreath. You can fashion one for yourself out of colorful autumn leaves, flowers, grasses, acorns or with whatever ‘natural’ out in your yard catches your fancy.
Use the bounty of nature to decorate your home inside
The great thing about home décor for the fall is that you have materials for free and ready at hand with which to make your home reverberate with autumnal vibes. The beauty of the countryside where, in autumn, the leaves turn from green into stunning shades of red, yellow, orange, russet, gold and brown, is really all that you need to get the wherewithal to produce some outstanding fall decorations.
You can use autumn leaves in a variety of ways – in wreaths, in vases to adorn your mantle or as part of your centerpiece. They can be strikingly beautiful and will last longer if you wax them.
If you want to add a measure of style and elegance to your living room, fallen or trimmed branches tastefully mounted can provide your living room with a sophisticated sculptural presence.
It’s apple-picking time too – and harvest time as well! Another great way to enhance your home décor is to use those scrumptious looking apples from your local orchards as part of your centerpiece on the dining table.
Let your curtains and drapes echo the season
It’s time to change those light summery curtains and drapes for heavier and deeper-colored ones now that the temperatures are cooler. Before you even know it, winter will be upon us. Integrate the colors of autumn into your window treatments – yellow, orange, red, gold and brown – as they do in nature, these colors go so well together. They are all warm colors which will serve you well in winter as well. Heavier fabrics and deeper colors have the ability to keep the cold out of the room, while retaining the warmth within. But during the day, keep your drapes drawn and your windows clean and sparkling, so that you can fully enjoy the beauty of the trees in their majestic fall colors.
Brighten up your house
As the autumn days get shorter and shorter, lighting up your home, inside and out, becomes crucial. Make certain that you have warm light bulbs strategically placed to highlight all the fall décor you have taken such pains to set in place. You can find a variety of suitable lampshades and light fixtures in the market to help you do this. During the day time, keep your window drapes drawn to let in as much light as possible for a bright and colorful effect.
Find a blank wall and display your fall artwork on it
If you are accustomed to displaying your own talent on the walls of your home, you will have already thought of this one. Now is the best time to use the autumn leaves you have gathered from your garden and yard to make a beautiful painting. Frame and use this piece of artwork as the focal point on the walls of your dining or living room.
You don’t have to look far for autumn decors or spend a lot of money. Bring the outdoors inside. Celebrate the season with these fall decorating tips!
About the Author
Michael has a natural flair for interior and exterior home decor. He believes home improvements should not only be aesthetic but sensible and energy-efficient as well. Michael is a freelance writer who has had 12 years of experience as an interior designer. He currently writes for Champion Window and other related topics of interest.