Many locals rejoice when autumn comes to the DFW area. With milder temperatures, rain, and crisp air, fall is a welcome break from the oppressive summer months, when heat and humidity can easily raise temperatures over 100 degrees. In addition to balmy, pleasant weather, autumn is enticing to all the senses — from the sound of fires crackling in a fire pit, to the taste of apple cider, to the fragrant smell of cinnamon. To help liven up your DFW home, consider the following fall decorating tips.
1. Incorporate Fall Colors
Bring the natural beauty of fall indoors by mimicking the colors of falling leaves. Hints of amber, auburn, and olive green on throw pillows and blankets can certainly add a cozy feel to living rooms, dens, and bedrooms. Using decorative pillows and throw blankets is an easy way to achieve an autumnal vibe without making big, labor-intensive changes to your decor.
2. Bring Outdoor Elements Inside
To achieve an autumn feel in interior spaces, think natural and rustic-looking touches. HGTV.com recommends placing “faux-liage” — or silk fall leaves — in a decorative manner in your home. Consider using silk leaves on a dining room table setting or on shelving to give your home an earthy, rustic feel. In fact, your local craft store is a great place for long-lasting decorations, such as fake pumpkins, twigs, and moss — all of which can be incorporated into decorative centerpieces and baskets. For floral arrangements, chrysanthemums in hues of gold and dark red are especially popular indoors and outdoors during this time of year.
3. Decorate Your Outdoor Space
Your front porch, patio, or balcony can benefit from traditional autumn decorations. On outdoor spaces, you can place pumpkins and decorative gourds in clusters around walkways or outdoor furniture. Southern Living recommends using an assortment of heirloom pumpkins to achieve a casual yet classically autumn look.
4. Add Warmth with Candles and Distinct Fall Scents
With cooler temperatures, adding warmth to your home helps achieve a cozy environment that also celebrates the changing of the seasons. Candles in decorative votives or jars add touches of soft light throughout a room. Lighting candles is especially beneficial for those who don’t have a fireplace (or choose not to use a fireplace). Incorporate your favorite falls scents such as cinnamon, apple, or pumpkin to enhance an autumnal ambiance. Scented candles or potpourri stashed in bowls throughout your home are great ways to incorporate the smell of fall in a subtle way.
Fall decorating doesn’t mean you need to give your home a complete makeover. By incorporating small touches like pillows and earthy finds from craft stores, you can make a huge difference in your decor without having to spend a lot of time and money.
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