The season change is beginning; kids are going back to school, it’s cooling down from that summer heatwave, and all those seasonal flavors are popping up in stores. Fall in Michigan can be a magical experience with leaves turning amber and gold, to the crisp air that carries the promise of football games, hay rides, and orchard trips. Bring the beauty indoors! Decorate with some of that fall inspiration and you can’t go wrong.
- Copy the colors of fall with accents.
Those golden tones and bright reds don’t just belong outside. Make a statement with auburn throw pillows and orange vases filled with Miscanthus Grass. Frames, lamps, and rugs can also be used to accent the feel of the room, so get creative!
- Provide flannel throws and knit blankets on couches and ottomans.
Everyone wants to feel cozy on a cool autumn day. Place blankets embracing fall colors around your living room and bedroom for family members to wrap up in.
- Enhance the experience with the smells of fall.
A little trick for making your home smell heavenly on crisp fall evenings is easy and only takes a few ingredients you probably already have in your home. Combine a few orange peels, ½ tablespoon of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of whole cloves, and 2-3 cinnamon sticks in a pot. Cover with water. Bring to just boiling and simmer on the lowest heat, refilling water as necessary.
- Bring in natural elements from the outdoors.
Pinecones, calico corn, and even dry leaves can be used as fall décor. Displaying them in multi-tiered jars on your mantle or coffee table has an organic look. Displaying mums outdoors and indoors showcases the colors of the season, bringing some life to the home.
- Pumpkins aren’t just for carving.
Whether you use real or plastic, pumpkins can be a great accent on tables, porches, and mantles. Painted white, they can complement a cool, neutral room. Left orange, the pumpkins can bring a splash of color to an otherwise relaxed space.
- Swap out wreaths.
If you display a wreath on your front door, consider swapping out your summer or all-season wreath for one with autumn leaves, pumpkins, and small pinecones. If you’re a big football fan, get a wreath with your team’s colors! All who enter your home will know your allegiance.
- Channel your inner child, and count candy as decoration.
Your 7-year-old self would thank you for considering jars of candy corn as chic décor. Place the treats in tea candle holders or different sized jars with lids for a pop of color and whimsy. Added bonus, you can sneak a piece of candy every once in awhile and take the edge off holiday planning!
- Utilize rustic wood around the home.
Purchased or salvaged, wood slabs, bark, and small branches can make a beautiful statement piece on the mantle. Add in some candles inside some glass jars and let them cast a glow on your little tree souvenirs. Wrap the birch bark around the candles themselves.
- Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner..
With Halloween decorations, you can go as tame as cats and witches to the darker skulls and zombies in the yard (the kind that one neighbor is obliged to display.) Thanksgiving is an even easier holiday to decorate for with pumpkins, calico maize, and “Give Thanks” signs which you can DIY or find or Etsy. Your home will be on display during the holidays, so why not decorate to impress?