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12 Cozy Fall Decorating Ideas

Our easy decorating ideas carry the pleasures of fall into your home.

Cover up

Blankets and throws can act like cool-weather tablecloths, changing the look and feel of a side table or dining table.


Borrow a scene from Mother Nature’s autumn show by filling vases with colorful leaves, cattails or sculptural branches.

Change out

Images from nature bring the season inside. Slip mood-setting sepia photos or art of dried flowers, fall leaves or trees into frames you already own.

Increase texture

Rustic wood adds warmth and one-of-a-kind character whether on walls or furniture. Try one raw-wood piece or panel a wall for an on-trend look.

Get cozy

Place a daybed, chaise, or comfy chair and ottoman next to a sunny window. Make it even more comfortable with piles of down pillows and a fuzzy throw. Then curl up with a stack of good books. (Don’t forget a reading light.)

Create ambience

The flicker of candlelight casts a warm glow over chilly nights. And fall candle scents (like apple spice) enhance the sensory experience.

Cover up

Blankets and throws can act like cool-weather tablecloths, changing the look and feel of a side table or dining table.

Layer curtains

Summer sheers or shades won’t keep the cool air out. Add heavier curtain panels in rich hues and materials to help insulate windows. They also ensure privacy in the darker early evenings when rooms are lit from within.

Switch accents

The rich patinas of pewter, copper or brass accents reflect the beautiful burnished colors of fall. Wood pieces work well, too!

Add low light

Shorter days require more lighting. But keep it romantic and relaxing by using focused art lights, sconces or lanterns with battery-operated candles. Brown- or rust-color shades will mute existing lamplight.

No fireplace? Fill a large bowl or wire basket with logs. Weave in battery-powered orange twinkle lights and enjoy the glow.

Resources Art light (on framed photo) T4065 gold metal 8 LED 13-inch-wide picture light. Lamps Plus. (800) 782-1967; lampsplus.com Art photo 6236923 Fog on Shelly Lake I. Art.com. (800) 952-5592; art.com

Spread the bounty

Bowls of gourds, mini pumpkins, apples, bittersweet, nuts, seedpods and the like celebrate the season throughout the house.

Sink in

Shag and pile area rugs, such as flokati or shearling, add toe-warming comfort to existing flooring. You could even throw one over the back of a sofa.

Resources Sheepskin rug (on sofa) B003O2L8A2, color: Grey. Lambland (amazon.com). Art photo 6590876 Barn and Maple Tree in Autumn. Art.com

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