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Your electric bill has gone down considerably, and the night breeze is getting nippy. Pumpkins will soon start showing up everywhere, while sandals are going on sale. Yes, summer is about to end. That means back to school and heavy clothes. In the home front, that also means transitioning your summer decor into a more autumn-appropriate feel. Fortunately, we at Windows Floors & Decor have you covered. Follow these five simple ways to transition your home from summer to fall.
1. Choose Heavier Fabrics
It’s time to change the thin sheets and sheer curtains into something thicker or cozier. There are going to be nights when you need to burrow under the sheets, and thin materials just won’t do. You can opt for wool, flannel or even cotton, which is the cheaper of the above fabrics. Thicker curtains on the windows to block out those chilly winds will save on energy costs, too!
A comforter or duvet that incorporates the colors of the season will be perfect to give a splash of autumn without going overboard. Velvet and faux fur are a few more luxurious fabric options that will lend a cozier vibe to any room.
2. Seasonal Fruits & Flowers as Decorations
Another way to transition from summer to autumn is to place seasonal fruits and veggies all around the house in decorated bowls or baskets. Fruits like apple, blackberry, pomegranate, pear or grapes are in season, which means they are likely going to be cheaper because of the abundant harvest. You can extend the decoration to include pumpkins, branches, mums, leaves or any organic element that can spruce up your home.
3. Layering is Key
Decorate your living room by layering warm. Think shag rugs and pillows in warm, earthy tones. Place chunky-knit, cashmere or wool blankets on your sofa or bed to add another dimension to the space without spending a ton of money. Start with the minimal look and add one layer to the next until you are satisfied.
4. Change the Silverware and Plates
Ceramics or stoneware plates would be perfect to transition your dining room from summer to fall. There are plates designed with autumn leaves or fruits and vegetables that are in season. Or you can stick with your silverware and instead pull out the candlesticks and autumn-themed placemats and runners for a more intimate atmosphere at dinner time.
5. Bring Nature In
Apart from the colors of the season, or the nature-themed designs, one of the simplest methods is to bring the smells of autumn into your home. And what are the scents normally associated with fall? You have pumpkin or cinnamon or nutmeg. You can use scented candles or your very own DIY air freshener, which you can do by boiling some spices.
If you have a fireplace, now is the time to prep the hearth. There’s nothing like a glass of wine or a cup of coffee in front of crackling firewood to warm up in front of during these quickly cooling months.
The decorations can extend to the outside of your home as well. Don’t limit your imagination to a pumpkin on your porch—opt instead for a fun wreath or garland draping across your front door, giant lanterns on the porch steps, and pots full of beautiful mums by the door. Let the world know how much you love fall!
How do you like to transition your home from summer to fall? Let us know in the comments below?