15 Cozy Fall Home Ideas

A sweeping restlessness creeps in as we gear up for the spice of autumn as we long for a crackling fire, the crunch of dried leaves, the ripening of crisp apples and the sprinkling of the provincial scents that define this season as we shift our sights inward. Let the colors and tastes of fall inspire you to enhance the autumn essence in your home with these 15 easy decor ideas.  Fall’s color palette always gets me percolating with fire. Just riffing on the fall colors- rust, saffron, burnt sienna, butternut, crimson, vermilion, chestnut and burgundy are all I need to turn over a new leaf and add an autumn flair. Get ready now for deeper and more intense feelings.

Source: The ART of Domesticity
Source: The ART of Domesticity

A Rake Wreath

Wreaths always welcome fall but how about a new idea for your front door. Grab a rusty rake from your yard or home goods store, and cut off most of the pole and wind in through the spokes, dried flowers, weeds, bittersweet, wheat stalks or grasses and tie up with raffia or a burlap ribbon. Plunk on your front door for a fresh spunky look.

Source: Mentootlet
Source: Mentootlet

Wrap Up

Pile on chunky knit throw blankets, vintage quilts or even sheepskin or plushy faux fur throws to nurture the cocoon feeling of being warmly wrapped up. Fall tweeds and herringbone fabric and anything thick and cushy will keep the rustling winds at bay.

Source: Quicken Loans
Source: Quicken Loans

Make A Mumpkin

Grab a very large pumpkin and hollow out and pick out your favorite large potted Mum and pop the flower in the pumpkin and set on your front porch or on your table. I like to make 3 or 4 fall “mumpkins” for any empty spot that needs a shot of fall freshness.

Source: Southern Living
Source: Southern Living

Faux Fireplace

A fire immediately adds a glowing spirit to any room. If you don’t have a fireplace, fill a large wire basket with pine or birch logs and weave in those sparkling orange lights that are always available this time of the year and imagine the warmth. Anything can happen with a little fantasy.

Source: Firemaker
Source: Firemaker

Pile On A Rug

Keep cold feet warm by adding an area rug for an extra layer of softness and interest. Layers add a luscious feel to all chilly nights ahead.

Sources: The Fox & She & HGTV Home
Sources: The Fox & She & HGTV Home

Pumpkin Tableau

There are a million ways to style a pumpkin, but the easiest is to select different sizes, colors and shapes and march them down your dining table or on your mantel for the quickest fall scene.

Sources: Tattered Tulips & Southern Living
Sources: Tattered Tulips & Southern Living

Warm Up The Windows

Prepare yourself for wintry days ahead and switch out your sheer or barely there window coverings for a more energy efficient treatment. Cell shades are a wonder as those nifty little pockets of air trap the cold air from coming in and retain the warmth of the inside of your home. Cell shades are automatic heat retainers and cold buffers. Heavier drapes also act like a blanket over your windows. Don’t wait for the first icy blast to blow through your home. Warming up your windows instantly creates a snug home.

Source: Blindsgalore Cellular Shades

Cellular shades are an all season favorite. Take a look here at the many styles and colors to match any style

Fall Chandelier

Here is another idea for the versatile Mason jar. Drill a hole in the lid and place a rope through the hole and knot it under the lid. Drop in the jar, your choice of a mini pumpkin, a faux fall leaf, or dried stems or mini pinecones. Tightly twist the lid and make an assemblage of jars. Tie together with string and hang from a hook from the ceiling or hang it on your front door for instant fall décor.

Source: Stagetecture
Source: Stagetecture

Velvet Table Runners

Perk up your dining table with a fun table runner. Why not capture the craze of velvet and spread an elegant velvet table runner across your fall festive table.

Source: The Picta, Pepperfry, Polyvore
Source: The Picta, Pepperfry, & Polyvore

Cover The Legs

Leggings are “de rigeur” for the colder days and now an indispensable part of your everyday wardrobe. What about covering up the bare legs of a nightstand or small side table for an updated look. Just drape a cloth over the bare legs to add a new look and as a bonus, you can hide clutter underneath the table.

Sources: 12th and White & Lamps Plus
Sources: 12th and White & Lamps Plus

A Stick Up

As the leaves flutter and green turns to the burnished hues of gold and chestnut,  the gnarled structure of sticks and branches placed in a large bucket or tall vase create a handsome, rustic look.

Sources: HGTV Home, Carla Aston, & UpstairsDownstairs
Sources: HGTV Home, Carla Aston, & UpstairsDownstairs

Reclaim The Porch

Check out your favorite junk shop or flea market for some reclaimed wood or a shipping pallet to make a large sign to adorn your fall porch. Pile on as many fall accents that excite you.

Source: The Wood Grain Cottage
Source: The Wood Grain Cottage

Aromatherapy

Ditch the floral “perfumey” candles around the house and resupply with the fall scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and earthy fragrances. I like the aroma of pinon wood and anything that smells citrusy or cookies baking. If you love hot spiced cider or just like the smell of the spices, make this easy recipe and store in an airtight jar and add 1 T to each 8oz (1 cup) of apple cider or just enjoy the comforting aroma.

 Mulling Spice

1 large orange, zest, peel and pith, minced

1 oz jar of cinnamon sticks

.75 oz whole allspice

.75 oz whole cloves

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Scatter the zest, pith and peel on parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

Bake for an hour until dry.

Place cinnamon sticks in a Ziploc and wrap in a towel and mash up with a rolling pin or hammer.

Mix everything together and store in sealed jar.

Sources: That Wedding Shop & PCWallArt
Sources: That Wedding Shop & PCWallArt

Copper Hurricanes

Renew your outdoor hurricane lanterns with a glam coat of sheets of copper leaf that you can find at your local craft store or online.  Your lanterns will find new life for this burnished season of deeper, metallic colors.

Source: HGTV Home
Source: HGTV Home

Monogrammed Pumpkins

Pumpkins always enliven any fall scene, but monogram them with your initial or boldly state your address as these unique pumpkins proudly stage the entrance to your fall home. You can either stencil, stamp, etch or paint your unique monogram.

Sources: Homey Home Design & The Whip Stitch Wife
Sources: Homey Home Design & The Whip Stitch Wife

Autumn’s shadow is lingering on the horizon for you to shape into your own “Season of Harvest Hues.”

Source: One Kings Lane
Source: One Kings Lane

Featured Image Source: JA Wallpapers

Katie

Our BG designer, Katie, has been creating bright looks for windows and rooms for over ten years. Katie has great ideas and "picks” for your windows. She will be sharing with you her design choices and seasonal recommendations throughout the year. Katie reminds you that all our BG window blinds, shades and drapes are all custom made for you. Each one is hand crafted to your size, color, fabric and special requests with our added attention to quality and detail. Katie will make sure you love your windows.

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