It’s that time of year again: when the temperatures start to drop and home people everywhere are rejoicing at the prospect of cozy nights spent indoors with a good TV series and a cup of something warm.
Whether you’ve already started ordering pumpkin spice everything, or could just use a new landscape, we’re here to help you embrace the new season with as little effort and as much impact as possible.
From adding depth to your decor (all you need is a little shape and texture) to reinventing your backdrop (peel and stick to paradise!) – read on as home and design experts share some of their favorite freshening ideas in your life space in autumn.
1. Upgrade your bedding
Experts calculate that you spend about a third of your life in your bedroom, so why not make it count? “With beds serving as the anchor of most bedrooms, new bedding can offer an instant makeover with very little investment,” says Meg Donovan, home goods expert and senior director of product development and purchasing at Modsy. According to Donovan, this season is all about comfortable sheets, duvets and comforters in relaxed linen and organic cotton. “Invest in breathable, natural fibers on the warmer side of the color wheel. Choose from a boho-chic palette, such as dusty purple, dark mustard and orange. -paprika, to create your own calming oasis.”
West Elm organically washed cotton duvet
Parachute Percale Duvet Cover
2. Layer on a roll
Take your new bedding to the next level with a cozy touch that adds texture and ties together different elements in your space. “The trend is to use soft, cozy fabrics like wool, mohair (faux or real) and cashmere in thick weaves. The effect is an atmosphere that entices you to relax with a warm drink and your favorite book,” says Donovan. She recommends cotton and acrylic blends for those looking to get the look on a budget.
Pottery Leave Dreamy Fringes
West Elm brushed herringbone throw
Pottery Barn Chunky Hand Knitted Throw
3. Change your pillows
Replacing your pillows is another easy way to revive the look and feel of your sleeping and living spaces while adding to the overall comfort of your home. “New pillows can change the color scheme and mood of a room,” explains Alessandra Wood, a design expert and vice president of style at Modsy. “This season is all about texture and trim, with crisp, clean edges giving way to fringes and tassels for a more decorative look.” Mix and match materials and patterns within the same shade range for subtle panache, or complement a neutral palette with a bright color to make it pop.
Opalhouse Velvet Square Cushion with Fringe
Anthropologie Velvet Noble Pillow
4. Reset your board
Most people eat about three meals a day, and changing your options is an easy way to make them feel more meaningful. “Introducing new silhouettes and patterns can elevate your dining experience,” says Wood. Try mirroring a design from your childhood or favorite restaurant for a touch of nostalgia, or inject new energy into your gatherings with one of the latest trends. “Handcrafted, highly textured ceramics are having a moment right now. They channel a ’70s vibe and can help you pay more attention at mealtimes, as the pieces are a little heavier than classic dinnerware.”
Sango Siterra dinner set in 16 parts of stoneware
Gibson Home Rockaway 12 Piece Dinnerware Set
5. Cast a new light
Lighting has the potential to set (or reset) the tone of the home. “Bright overhead lighting can often prove too harsh, leaving you with only two choices: a fully lit room or complete darkness,” says Donovan. She suggests supplementing or replacing overhead lighting throughout the room with lighting that can instead be attached to walls or hung in corners. “Swing arm sconces and small pendants are trending right now. The effect is a cozy and inviting space that provides light where you need it, while also calming the senses.”
“Revive an old chandelier or lamp by removing the shades and replacing the bulb with a beautiful porcelain LED for a soft, warm glow or a crystal cut bulb for added glamour!” recommends Ali Levin, an interior designer and co-founder of LABLstudio. She also likes candles to set the mood. “Add interest to your tablescape by playing with candles in different heights, sizes and colors.”
Pathson Industrial Glass Wall Lamp Lighting
Totem pole candle
Serena & Lily Knoll’s wood cut pendant
6. Let nature in
Speaking of mood, don’t underestimate the power of plants when it comes to providing a much-needed pick-me-up. “In addition to improving your air quality, they can bring color and interesting design elements to your space. Succulent walls, large floor plants and bright bouquets of flowers are trending right now. If you don’t have a green thumb, choose faux botanicals for the effect without the maintenance, ” advises Donovan.
With the onset of the cool weather, now is also a good time to make a “cocktail garden” by bringing your fresh herbs indoors. “I love rosemary and thyme for making homemade teas and fresh garnishes for fall drinks and dishes,” says Levin. “The combination of seeing green and smelling your herbs is sure to be a mood booster when the weather turns dreary. Strap on a self-watering planter to guarantee your garden’s success.”
Project 62 Artificial Monstera arrangement in ceramic pot
GrowLED self-watering planter box
West Elm Faux Potted Succulent Arrangement
7. Change your background
If you’d like to change up your surroundings but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge with a full-on paint job, try faking it till you make it with the TikTok-famous stick-and-peel approach. “Removable wallpaper allows you to completely transform your space without the hassle or commitment,” says Wood. “Victorian-inspired patterns, including florals and large murals, are big right now, and bright colors really make a statement. Choose an accent wall or wallpaper the entire room for a bolder look.”
Tempaper Pansies Purple Flowers Removable Wallpaper
Tempaper Block Print Blade Removable wallpaper
8. Reimagine your gallery wall
Feeling creative? A gallery wall is a great alternative to incorporate a color or pattern while adding a personal touch. “Stick to a single frame style and simple artwork that has a unique focus so they don’t compete with your photos and keep everything feeling cohesive,” advises Levin.
ArtbyHannah 8 Pack Modern Neutral Gallery Wall
Butterflies framed print
Corrigan Studio Modern Tropical 6 Piece Picture Frame Print
9. Round off your decor
Like your walls, experts say you should see your decor as another opportunity for self-expression, ideally adding dimension by layering different textures and materials as you go. “Swap high-gloss geometry for large stoneware pieces with flowing, curvy shapes for an effortlessly cool effect,” says Wood.
“At LABstudio, we love choosing a general palette (such as neutrals) that is brought to life through marble, travertine and wood,” adds Levin. She also likes to introduce functional pieces into a playful-meets-practical vignette. “Try weaving in sculptural vases and paperweights, or have fun with a lucite backgammon or chess set.”
3-part Trio Vase Set
Rainbow Lucite Backgammon Set
10. Remember your front door
Finally, remember that showing a little love to your exterior can go a long way. “Nothing shakes up curb appeal like a statement door!” Levin exclaims. She suggests a bold color with earthy undertones, such as muddy green/blue and warm rust, to complement the earth tones of wood and brick often found on the exterior of homes and surrounding landscapes. “Stick to one statement color to avoid competing elements.”
Modern Masters Serene Front Door Paint
Paint Paint Ghost Ranch
Backdrop painting Saturday on Sunday
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