Add warmth and style to your home with these quick fall touches.
Even simple changes can spotlight the bounty of fall and create a cozy autumn feel in your home.
• Scent the front door. Add cinnamon sticks to a fall arrangement using wire. Hang your swag on the door for a welcoming burst of color that smells good, too.
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• Cut some fall branches. Make a statement on your dining room table, in an entryway or above the fireplace with an artful arrangement of fall cuttings. Include bright berries for extra color.
• Dress up the porch. Add some warm throws and fall-colored cushions to a bench set near the door, creating an inviting spot to watch the sun set.
• Build in layers. In the bedroom, add a plush blanket on the bed and a throw on a chair. In the living room, toss another throw over the arm of the sofa and add jewel-toned cushions. Put slipcovers over your dining room chairs. For a layered look on the table, double up on your tablecloths. Place the larger one on bottom and a smaller, contrasting one over the first.
• Add the scent of fall indoors. Put a trio of spicy candles on the mantel, or a richly scented candle in the kitchen to evoke the aroma of pumpkins, cinnamon or apples.
• Gild it. Like the yellow and gold of fall leaves, look for gold accessories you may have put away for the summer. The shimmer of gold brings warmth to a room.
• Create a fall entrance. Stack pots of mums and pumpkins on the porch steps to welcome visitors.
• Use fall leaves. Line a hurricane lantern with fall leaves and fill in with sand or gravel to hold the leaves in place. Add a candle in the middle, and you’ve got a quick fall centerpiece. Another angle: Lay branches of fall leaves or berries on the dining room table and scatter acorns and leaves around them.
• Autumn accessories. Tuck small pie pumpkins into bookshelves or side tables to add fall color.
• Get ready for winter. Bring a coat rack and an umbrella stand into your foyer for those cold snaps that remind us winter isn’t far off.
• Make a menu board. In preparation for the holiday meals ahead, add a blackboard to a gilded frame to write out holiday menus French-cafe style. If you can’t find a blackboard, use quarter-inch plywood cut to size and painted with chalkboard paint.
• Create some cozy nooks. Add small seating areas around the house. In the foyer, put occasional chairs on either side of the entryway table to give guests a place to sit and remove their boots. In the living room, make a cozy place to curl up with a book and hot tea.
• On the porch, add a rocker or chair and a side table where guests can sit and admire the changing colors in the landscape.