I love to switch up my decor with the seasons. In summer I pull out the pastels, white china, and the Pinot Grigio. As the leaves start to turn, I get thinking about brilliant yellows and oranges, and deep reds and purples and replace my summer decor.
There are many ways to make some seasonal changes around your home, from free to cheap to quasi-pricey! In that order, here are some suggestions:
1) Gather a bunch of sticks, pussy willows, branches, or leaves from outside. Put the stick-ish stuff in vases or urns, put the leaves under glass. Wah-lah. Instant fall decor.
2) Apples. Put out a bowl of red ones out for decor and for noshing, and better yet, boil some on the stove like you are making applesauce for a great fall aroma. If you actually know how to make applesauce, go ahead and do that. Oh, as Halloween approaches, pumpkins and gourds are good decorations as well. Just make sure to throw them out before they rot. I saw this scary lady on "Hoarders" who let them sit on her carpet until they liquified.
3) It's time to put away those white wines and bust out the Montepulcianos and Chiantis!
4) Switch out your throw pillow covers. If you can sew, whip up some in a yummy orange, or just hit IKEA and pick a few up. If you are sick of your old ones, sell them on eBay, or save them for when you get sick of your new ones.
5) Get out the quilts and throws
. It's easy to add a punch of color with a well-placed throw on the back of your sofa. Sometimes I cover the entire backrest of mine with a throw.
6) Switch out your bedding. This can be as simple as getting some new pillowcases or throwing that winter quilt over your existing bedding. If you want more, opt for a new duvet cover and some throw pillows in an autumn palette.
7) Reconsider area rugs. Darker colors will help you with the crud you drag in on your shoes in wintertime, and the mess that comes with burning wood in your fireplace.
8) Consider rotating in some artwork in fall colors. Personally, I have run out of wall space for all of my art so I tend to rotate different pieces in and out twice a year.
9) If you want to commit to an autumnal palette, consider painting some walls. Fall gets me thinking about deep eggplant and cranberry.
10) As it gets colder, start to gather that firewood! It can be artfully arranged near your hearth.