If you look outside, it’s clear that summer is quickly turning into fall: the temperatures are cooler, leaves are beginning to sport different colors and the days are growing significantly shorter. While we welcome this time of year for a number of obvious reasons, the changing of the seasons can also provide an opportunity to give the décor in your apartment a fresh, new face. Read on to find our tips for transitioning your apartment’s décor from summer to fall.
Keep It Clean
Spring shouldn’t be the only time when your apartment gets a deep and thorough cleaning. So before you settle onto your couch for the remainder of the season, make sure to clear out the cobwebs so you have a fresh, clean space to hunker down into during winter.
Focus on Color
During the spring and summer, we tend to decorate with bright colors like turquoise, yellow and coral and use lightweight fabrics like linen and cotton, but this décor scheme doesn’t tend to fly in the cooler months. So update your apartment’s décor by swapping out these accents for darker, fall-appropriate earth tones. If you have a neutral-colored couch, add throw pillows in colors like burnt orange, deep red and olive green. Switch your gauzy window treatments with heavier ones that will still let light in while keeping warmth inside your home.
It’s no secret that cool-season foods are some of the best reasons for the changing season. Soups, stews and pies bring us the request smells of fall: warm, spicy and savory. So if you look forward to cooking during this time of year, make sure your pantry is stocked with ingredients so you can whip up your fall favorites in no time.
Alternatively, if your culinary skills aren’t quite up to par but you still enjoy the scents of fall, you can create your own home fragrance to fill up your apartment with a warm and cozy aroma. Bring a cup of apple cider and a cup of water to a simmer in a small saucepan on your stove. Toss in a tablespoon of ground cinnamon and a few cloves and before you know it, your home will be filled with a spicy, apple pie fragrance.
With the daylight hours getting shorter and shorter every day, you’ll want to keep things bright inside your apartment by turning up the lighting. Setting up mood lighting is one of the easiest ways to make your apartment feel warm and cozy, whether you’re having a dinner party with friends and neighbors or just settling in for a night of reading. To brighten up a small space like a bathroom sink or a fireplace mantle, a row of tea lights, either placed individually or contained in a trough, can really go a long way. If you have more room to work with, like a dining room table or an end table, a cluster of lanterns makes a great centerpiece.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on purchasing fall décor, simply turn to the outdoors for inspiration. Take a leisurely stroll around your neighborhood or in a local park and see what the season brings you. A bundle of fallen twigs wrapped up with a pretty bow would look great in an entry way or next to a fireplace, while a simple white ceramic bowl can be filled with pumpkins and seasonal gourds to place on a coffee table.
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