Just like we update our wardrobes with the changing seasons, so should we update our homes. Depending on where in the world you live, your fall upgrades might be more heavy duty than the ones we do here in say, Southern California. But it doesn’t have to be complicated, and most importantly, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Read on for a few tips on how to successfully transition your home from summer to fall.
Swap out your textiles
A really easy way to update your home for fall is by switching up the fabrics. In the summer, we tend to use a lot of cotton and linens for our textiles. Try swapping those out for velvet, knits or anything with a heavier weight and a soft touch. These changes will help you embrace the coziness of the season, so go crazy. Switch up throw pillows, blankets, rugs, and let the cozy in.
Update your greenery
We know all the best flowers are at Trader Joe’s in the spring and summer, right? But now those brightly colored blooms or palm fronds can feel out of place as you’re updating your home for fall. Try swapping out your usual posies for silver dollar eucalyptus or an earth-toned carnation.
KonMari your closet
It’s time to pack away the shorts and sandals. If you follow along with Marie Kondo’s method you know that when things aren’t in use they should be stored away. Use this opportunity to clean out your closet and donate unwanted items. My general rule is, “If I didn’t wear it this season, there’s no point in hanging onto it for another year.” Plus, removing the seasonal items will leave your wardrobe feeling much easier to navigate as you reach for your favorite fall fashions.
Add warm light
With the colder seasons comes shorter days. Prep your space by adding neutral candles as décor to your communal living areas. I recommend buying unscented ones for these, since they’re meant to provide ambiance, so you’ll likely have multiple lit at one time. Save the pumpkin-scented candles for accent pieces, not the main event. You can even consider switching out your light bulbs based on what you already have. Opt for a “warm” tone bulb as opposed to a “cool” light tone.
Update your color palette
There are lots of easy ways to do this that won’t break the bank. Try swapping out your bathroom hand towels and your kitchen tea towels for something more seasonal. Dark jewel tones or warm earth tones are a super simple update that can be made in different rooms of the house. You’ll likely need to update your bedding as well, so use this opportunity to mix up the color palette in your bedroom. A deep rust or chartreuse comforter will keep you cozy while also bringing in that fall aesthetic into your space.
Audit your pantry
Just like with your closet, it’s time to pack away the seasonal goods in the kitchen. Take down all the cans and boxes, check the expiration dates and then reorganize what you have on hand. A lot of the time during the summer, we snack on fresh fruit and cold items, so the pantry is often just collecting crumbs. Give it a quick facelift and donate anything you don’t want to your local food bank.
Be sure to also read 20 Pretty Home Décor Finds Under $50, and How Interior Designer LeAnne Sofia Turned Her House Into A Home!