Whether you want a simple update or an all-out decor transformation, design experts share their thoughts on the best ways to cosy up your space for fall, indoors and out. Here’s how:
1. Lay out the welcome mat
More than just a place for visitors to wipe their shoes, welcome mats say a lot about your decor savvy, says Marissa Graham, owner of Endless Ideas Interiors in Brooklin, Ont. Look for designs with rich autumn shades — she likes oranges, deep reds and rustic browns — and bold patterns to make the most of this telling area.
2. Decorate your door
The perfect display case for nature’s bounty, doors serve as a spotlight for outdoor decor. Go chic and minimalistic with black planters filled with birch logs and twigs, or homespun with a wreath embellished with branches, berries and clusters of colourful leaves, says Alykhan Velji, a Calgary-based interior decorator.
3. Embrace texture and colour
A departure from the basic beiges and off-whites hues popular of late, soft shades of blue, purple, orange and grey are big this fall, as are suede, corduroy and natural textures. Try to incorporate these elements throughout your home with candles, rugs, blankets or art for a dose of subtle elegance.
4. Accent your kitchen
To truly fall-ify the most used room in the house, you’ll need to unearth a few organic goods. Fill and display wooden bowls and rustic pottery with gourds, apples or mini pumpkins, place baby pine cones in votive-sized coloured glass and load vases with fall foliage for a playful effect, says Velji.
5. Cosy up your bedroom
Simply trading light and airy sheets or duvets for thicker, more richly-shaded versions can make a big stylistic impact. So can upholstering your bed’s headboard to be more reflective of the season. “Obviously that’s a bigger undertaking,” says Graham, “but it can be gorgeous when done right.”
6. Style your dining room table
According to Velji, the perfectly-set autumn table should have a centrepiece, a plethora of candles and a unique personal touch. “I like the minimalistic combination of birch logs, leaves and fresh-cut flowers for my own home, but adding a beautiful table runner, placemats, gourds, small pumpkins, dried flowers and berries can be very impactful, as well,” he says.
7. Lavish your living room
This is the room most often seen by visitors, so any time and energy invested in redecorating the space are well spent, says Graham. Update it for fall with a richly-shaded throw, a few textured pillows, heavier drapes and wooden accessories throughout.
8. Organize your artifacts
Fall decor is about layering patterns, fabrics and colours — sometimes all at once. To create a perfectly undone look, place collections of similarly-shaded accessories on a mantel, coffee table, windowsill or dresser. Whether grouped together or lined up haphazardly, they deliver a chic yet nonchalant effect.
9. Let there be light
Even when not lit, candles do much to infuse a space with warmth. Look for variations in sizes for dramatic impact, and place them in or on holders — votives, pillars or hurricanes — to enhance their shimmering visual appeal.
10. Invest in style
When seasonal redecorating calls for something new, investments needn’t be hefty. For affordable additions to your abode, Graham loves Memory Blocks by Sid Dickens, which can be hung on walls in large or small groupings much like paintings, while Velji recommends the Lyle Side Chair from Crate & Barrel as his vintage-inspired must have.
Written by: Liz Bruckner