Fall Decorating

October brings not only a change of scenery with all of the gorgeous fall foliage, but also cooler weather that’s perfect for hunkering down at home under the covers. Ready to get your home cozy for autumn? Here, we break down what’s on trend and how to make the transition easy.

“This year, fall color trends will be all about mixing bright, exciting colors with classic shades,” says Sabrina Soto, popular HGTV host. image“Think about pairing shades of lime green, coral and turquoise with neutral gray and espresso brown.”

If you’re planning any fall projects such as painting a room or reupholstering a piece of furniture, Soto suggests using gray or brown as a foundation, then adding these almost unexpected hues to bring a cheerful warmth for the season.

Even if you’re not looking to take on a large makeover or DIY project, you can still capture some of the best of fall by sprucing up your home with accessories such as vases or pillows in these new fall hues.

In addition to adding great color, think about textures too. Lucite, for example is going to be a huge trend moving forward. While this popular material can be pricey, to bring it home at a more reasonable price, Soto suggests shopping retailers such as Target for smaller accessories like lamps. “Target has a great assortment of mix-and-match Lucite lamp bases, including one with Lucite square blocks that looks high-end, but is very affordable,” she says.

Also, while you’re at it, think about velvet too. “Velvet is another great trend that helps cozy up the home as it starts to get chilly at night,” says Soto. “It’s comforting to cuddle up with velvet bedding and pillows or hang velvet window treatments which not only look elegant, but also help keep out the cold.”

Another great way to create that cozy-at-home feeling is to bring in the best of what nature has to offer. “There are so many gorgeous flowers in season come fall, such as mums, burnt orange calla lilies, seed pods and burgundy roses,” Soto says. image“Embrace them to create flower arrangements that really bring that change of season into the home.” And of course, don’t forget to introduce pumpkins, gourds and cinnamon or pumpkin scented candles into the mix.

Finally, if you’re itching to change out your window treatments, this is the month. “The weather may still be quite warm,” says Soto, “It’s best to wait and switch out your window treatments in mid-October.”

An easy way to prepare for changing them from season to season is to hang your curtains on clips, that way it’s a quick change. If you’re hanging new curtains, try to hang the panels as close to the window as possible so it helps create a cold air barrier.

However you decide to shake things up at home for fall, now is a good time to put together your plan, that way you can make the transition gradually, rather than doing it all at once, which can feel overwhelming.

lauren debellis

A former magazine editor, Lauren DeBellis has been writing and producing stories about home decorating and design for nearly ten years. She resides in East Northport with her husband.