Staging the Home for Fall
The clocks have been set back, it is dark earlier and the days are getting shorter. The weather has cooled and the leaves are turning vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges. Fall is definitely in the air. With the holidays nearly upon us, many homeowners want to create a warm and cozy feel with their home décor. It’s time to close out the long, hot summer and welcome in the warmth and comfort of the fall season by sprucing up your home.
Setting the stage with a welcoming mood begins on the front porch and continues inside the front door. The first impression a person gets when they approach and enter your home is made at the front door and entryway so these spaces are essential when staging your home for fall.
A fall wreath made with rich autumn colors is perfect for enhancing the front door. A wide variety of wreath styles, colors and sizes can be found at area craft stores or you can try your hand at creating your own fall wreath. Visit Pinterest for inspiration. Another welcome addition to an entryway or front porch is a classic bench. It provides a place to sit and relax as well as a place to display fall décor such as pumpkins, gourds, or a pot of beautiful fall mums. An easy to clean entry rug right inside the front door is useful in protecting your floors in a high traffic area and is also perfect for sprucing up your entryway. If you have an entry table, consider decorating it with a vase of attractive branches, a bowl of pinecones or a beautiful fall floral arrangement.
The Dining Room
The fall is typically a time that marks the beginning of numerous family traditions, especially big gatherings and meals together. Adorning your dining room table with a fall colored tablecloth and napkins is a stylish way to instantly create a fall atmosphere. This enhances enjoyable times among family and friends. A centerpiece cornucopia filled with gourds, fruits, leaves or flowers is a perfect symbol of a traditional Thanksgiving. Simple and organic elements will add a feeling of warmth and charm to your house.
If your home has a fireplace then you have an ideal opportunity to draw attention to this inviting focal point. Who doesn’t love to curl up next to a warm fire on a chilly day? Rather than leaving your fireplace an empty black void, stack birch logs in the fireplace or arrange an odd number of pillar candles inside the fireplace to create a warm ambiance.
The Family Room & Bedrooms
Fabrics are a great way to create a cozy feel throughout your home. In the family room and bedrooms, replace light summer fabrics, blankets and pillows with deeper shades of purples, reds and crimsons. Wool, chenille, cashmere and velvet are all popular cool weather fabrics. Toss a luxurious throw over a chair to easily add a touch of warmth and color.
Bring some of the outdoors indoors. Nothing brightens up a home quite like fresh flowers. Sunflowers and mums are great choices for fall because they typically retain their lovely appearance for over a week. To keep blooms looking their best, remove any leaves below the waterline and replace the water every few days. Small vases of flowers and colorful foliage can be placed throughout the house including on bedside tables.
Now that summer is over and the school routine is firmly in place, it is the perfect opportunity to prepare your home’s interior for the upcoming holiday festivities.
Contributor's Bio: Jennifer has over 5 years of writing experience with various blogs. As a mother of 2 boys and a previous Language Arts teacher, Jennifer certainly puts her creative energy to good use. She has spent the past several years researching and writing on a variety of topics from Vincent van Gogh to the health benefits of fruit including one that’s near and dear to her heart, home improvement. In addition, Pinterest has become a great source of experimental inspiration in trying to create a dream home for her family.