Shorter days and cooler temperatures can only mean one thing: fall is on its way and winter won’t be far behind.
So today, we’re dishing up some seasonal interior design tips to help you give your home a cozy, warm vibe just in time for fall (without having to spend big).
From popular color schemes to autumnal textures, by the end, you’ll have plenty of ideas for an affordable and easy fall update.
Champion earthy walls
Earthy tones are at the heart of fall interior design trends, bringing warmth in abundance and a comforting feel to any room.
From strong shades like Pantone’s Ultimate Gray to sumptuous terracottas and soft sandy hues, these bold neutrals are perfect for giving your fall decor a solid foundation. Better yet, a fresh lick of paint is one of the cheapest ways to revitalize a room.
But don’t fret about living spaces feeling bland. Earthy neutral shades are packed full of character and go with a wide variety of different shades. For a chic and elegant look, use blush pink or peachy hues to your heart’s content. Or, introduce vibrant tones like orange or emerald green that work beautifully with gray and beige.
You don’t just have to stick to plain painted walls, either. Create your own feature walls with contrasting block colors or stencils against your chosen neutral base. Alternatively, add interest and texture with wallpaper – this could be a striking gray wallpaper or something with a plain design.
Giving your living spaces a new base color in a seasonal tone is a quick and affordable way to reinvigorate them.
Bring the outdoors in
When the weather cools, it’s no surprise that we spend less time outdoors. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the wonders of nature – the trick is to create your own indoor oasis by bringing the outside in.
The most obvious way to do this is by using indoor plants. Granted, you can do this any time of year, but it seems more poignant in fall as many outdoor plants fade away until the spring.
For a cost-effective option, go for long-lasting and low maintenance succulents that stay looking lush all year round. For variety and drama, add a few large, leafy, tropical plants that will lap up the indoor heat throughout the winter – giving you an indoor paradise that also purifies the air inside.
Beyond striking fauna, you want the right accessories that reflect the outside world. We’re talking ceramic pots, untreated wood and natural stone accents that give the overall aesthetic a bonafide earthy vibe. To keep costs down, scour the thrift shops for ornaments or see what natural wonders you can find on walks or in your own backyard.
Layer up with texture and color
On your quest for a cozy interior this fall, don’t forget the importance of layers. Just like you’d smother yourself in clothing on a cold winter’s day, you can do the same to your home with accessories and textiles.
For relaxation areas like bedrooms and living rooms, splash a little cash on some new throw rugs and scatter cushions. To optimize their impact, go big on both texture and color here. Furry fabrics like trendy boucle and sheepskin provide a soft, snuggly texture, while spice infused colors like burnt orange, turmeric and mulberry lend a warm glow.
You can also give rooms a relatively inexpensive update (depending on your taste) with a new statement rug. Again, draw on color palettes that echo the season with green, orange, red, brown and yellow that match the changing tree leaves.
The same color palette works beautifully in kitchens and bathrooms, using organic materials to really bring a textural finish. We’re talking rattan furniture, linen tablecloths, woven bath mats and more. Oh, and don’t forget to decorate with a few seasonal pumpkins for good measure!
Giving your home a fall refresh doesn’t have to be disruptive or expensive. From a grounding base color to oodles of textures, it’s all about choosing suitable colors, textures and accents that come together to create a welcoming and cozy space you can enjoy all winter long.