Growing up in the Poconos in Pennsylvania, I would always look forward to the fall. The heaviness of summer’s humidity would lift, leaving behind a cool crispness in the air, the scent of wood fires burning in the neighborhood, the sun losing its intensity, the pumpkins everywhere. And then there were the leaves. The change of leaves would bring in the tourists in their droves, all hoping for the perfect shot with cameras slung around their necks, mouths agape at the view – colors from the richest purples to radiant red, warm intense orange, burnt russets and bright yellow.
While I left my childhood home many years ago, I still feel a bit nostalgic thinking about the autumn in that part of the world. Those intense colors have never left my mind’s eye and so when it comes to fall decorating, bringing a bit of the warmth of nature into my home always feels a bit like coming home. Today, I’m sharing just a few ways to bring the look of fall into your home decor.
For a quick update, warm up your sofa with velvet cushions just begging to be snuggled into in shades of deepest burgundy, blush pink, copper and cinnamon. Finish off this elegant look with a vintage rug underfoot that ties in these fall colors beautifully.
Warm up the kitchen
If you’re looking to add something a little more permanent than accessories, you can create a warm and welcoming kitchen by bringing in natural wood finishes offset with a warm golden paint color. If you fear the idea of using yellow in your kitchen will look dated, stay closer to the side of mustard for this to look current and fresh. You can also consider painting your upper cabinets in a dark grey for a cool contemporary finish.
Add a feature wall
For a jolt of fall color, consider painting a feature wall in the deepest emerald to act as a stunning backdrop to wood furniture and rattan accessories. Here, a gold velvet sofa and botanical elements creates a welcoming atmosphere, perfect for any time of year.
Try Out Copper
Consider copper in your interiors (check out our post on using copper here) to bring a bit of metallic sheen and warmth to your bar cart. The traditional Moscow mule mug is a great addition to any bar cart but be sure to tie in the colors with fall foliage or seasonal blooms. A few cinnamon sticks will polish off your autumn display.
For a softer approach to fall colors in the home, consider an armoire in the living room piled high with textural pillows and throws, perfect to grab for movie nights or nestled around an open fire. Baskets and wood boxes compliment the farmhouse style and a few simple sunflowers create a lovely hit of color.
Keep It Natural
And finally, remember that it doesn’t necessarily have to be about the intense autumn hues. The clear blue skies and crisp air can be an inspiration to bring a feeling of lightness to your home at this time of year. Consider using natural textures like woven baskets and white painted furniture, magnolia leaves, branches of cotton, sisal and white pumpkins combined with wood for a look that will take you through every season.