As soon as the leaves start to turn, I find myself in a mad scramble to get my house in order. Winter temperatures are just around the corner and on cold, blustery days there is nothing more welcoming than a cozy space to come home to. The good thing is it only takes a few quick and easy changes to turn your home into a warm haven.
Here are my tips on ways to make your home cozy for fall:
- Warm Up Your Bed
Now’s the time to trade your cool cotton sheets for fuzzy flannel or woven linen ones. As the nights get colder, surround yourself in comfort and create your own cozy cocoon. Bring out the winter duvet, add an extra blanket, and pile the bed high with pillows and you’ll be off to dreamland in no time.
- Break Out the Fall Decor
Bring the outdoors inside for instant and budget-friendly decor. Acorns, pumpkins, foliage and pinecones are an easy way to decorate mantles and entryways. Just pile several items in a clear vase for a simple and colourful display. For a welcoming entry, dress your front door with a bright wreath made of twigs and berries and fill urns with rustic branches.
- Mood Lighting
Every room needs overhead lighting but think about adding multiple sources of light to really create a cozy and warm ambiance. Having a bedside lamp within arm’s reach means you won’t have to jump out of your toasty bed to turn off the light. Do you entertain throughout the season? Put your dining room lights on dimmers to instantly change the mood (and give your guests a flattering glow) at those holiday dinner parties.
- Create a Hot Beverage Station
Hot chocolate, foamy lattes, hot tea… ’tis the season for warm drinks! Make indulging extra easy by introducing a beverage station in an unused corner of the kitchen. Corral cups, spoons, and decadent toppings (hello, mini marshmallows) in a tray for quick organization. With all the ingredients at hand, you can ward off cold mornings and ease into the day with a soothing cup of coffee.
- Layer On Pillows And Throws
When it comes to pillows and throws, you can never have enough. Plaid or knit pillows provide a seasonal accent, without the heavy expense or commitment of changing out your decor entirely.
A thick and cozy throw draped over a chair feels decadent and perfect for those Netflix binges.
- Throw A Rug On It
There’s nothing that makes you feel the season’s chill more than stepping out of bed onto a cold, hard floor. Start the day off right by adding a rug underfoot. Already have broadloom in the bedroom? Indulge for the season by layering an area rug on top of the carpet for extra plushness and warmth.
- Bring On The Heat
Cool fall days were made for lounging by the fireplace. Immerse yourself in comfort by grabbing your favourite book, putting on your wool socks, and settling in for a night by the fire. Or enjoy the warm glow on a small scale by using candles. Candles in scents of apple or leaves can bring the indoors alive while a cluster of candlesticks can add elegance to your dinner table. Just make sure never to leave lit candles unattended.
- Share Your Home With Others
For a cozy feeling inside and out, invite friends and family into your home. The weather might be cold and gloomy but that just gives you the perfect reason to entertain indoors. Sharing laughter over a meal of hearty soups and warm pies is a fun way to warm your heart. And, you’ll build fall memories that will last all season long.