Blanket Your Home in Fall

Simple design swaps for a cozier interior
Blanket Your Home In Fall
Fall is the season for throw blankets in earthy colors. Apples, quinces, pomegranates, acorns and dried leaves and flowers make for nice accent pieces, especially when illuminated by scented candles. Photo by Maya23K / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Fall is the perfect season to focus inward on a home’s interior. After all, family-friendly holidays are right around the corner, and it’s nice to have a cozy space prepared for gatherings.

Decorating for fall can be quite affordable because it relies on natural elements found at farmers markets or local shops. Adding a few extra accessories shouldn’t break the budget by adding a little intriguing texture and warmer colors.

Designer Jenna Ferrell of Decorating Dilemmas in Tallahassee feels that textures especially are a cost-effective design theme to focus on. “Think nubby linen, knits, wool and velvet,” Ferrell said during an interview. “Drape a lush, knitted throw over a sofa or your favorite chair. Add some pillows in warmer colors than you use during the summer months.”

Well-loved quilts or heirlooms are also fall appropriate. Draping this simple piece over a sofa or

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chair, or using it as a table cover can add the perfect touch of color. “It doesn’t take a lot to shift the feeling in a space,” Ferrell said. “Your eyes and fingers will rest on these small touches and feel like ‘ahhh.’”

Also, a warmer color scheme isn’t limited to pumpkin orange. The classic colors of fall can transform into claret, cranberry and harvest gold, for example, and brighten up a neutral color scheme.

Bringing in Nature

Inevitably, pumpkins pop into the center of one’s mind when envisioning fall decor. However, they shouldn’t just be limited to the porch or front steps. Pumpkins deserve their own space indoors, and there are many ways to enliven their decorative value. Andrea Manning, head of design for Michaels, tells of interior designers adorning pumpkins and gourds with paint, beads, pom poms, tinsel or glitter.

“A pumpkin might be treated to a pattern, painted solid gold or given another dimension with beads,” Manning said. “I have seen a lineup of white-painted gourds on a mantle, a magnificent gold-painted pumpkin nestled on a console table among other keepsakes, and blue and white painted pumpkins as a centerpiece on a festive holiday table.”

This is not to ignore the decorative talents of pumpkins au naturel. Both the classic orange ones and their albino cousins are brilliantly decorative. Unexpected ways to use them include placing one in the corner of each step on a staircase, grouping different sizes on a coffee table or console, incorporating them as part of a bookcase display and topping candlesticks with mini versions. “However you choose to use them — even just some mini-sized ones in a wooden bowl — pumpkins and gourds can make an autumnal and very chic statement.”

Of course, fall doesn’t end with pumpkins. They’re only the beginning. Some designers prefer to use apples, quinces, pomegranates, figs, acorns, dried leaves and other fall-blooming flowers.

Ferrell likes to wax elegant with her fall interiors. She brings in white orchids from her own garden and likes the way they look with flocks of lit candles. “After all, this is Florida,” Ferrell said. “White and robin’s egg blue are natural colors to us, even in fall.”

When it comes to fall foliage, good choices are the Florida maple, sweet gum, sugar berry and persimmon trees. Display branches in vases or collect leaves to be dried and displayed in a bowl or made into wreaths. If collecting the real thing is a little too time-consuming, paper cuttings can add seasonal foliage to spaces in a pinch.

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The New Oranges. Gourds, no matter their bumps and creases, can be made gorgeous when painted in stark white or metallic hues. Photo by Ilona Shorokhova / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Make it Personal

Whatever your tastes, Manning and Ferrell welcome all designing for fall to infuse their own personalities into the space. There is no better time to incorporate your favorite keepsakes, such as travel mementos, art, crafts projects and homemade candles.

Ferrell proudly displays her beachy collections, including shells and jars of sea glass, while Manning shares that Michaels crafters have been known to transport homemade wooden toys, such as a toy truck, carrying acorns or mini gourds into their fall rooms.

Beyond the natural elements produced in the fall, candles are unquestionably stars in any room. Manning shares that Michaels customers love them, both store bought and homemade. The latter often display lots of creativity and can be fun in the process. Home candlemakers typically prefer oversized tapers and add elements such as crystals and floral elements to make the candles their own.

Finally, don’t forget the porch in your summer-to-fall routine. Line up the pumpkins and fall flowers, bring on the throws and quilts, and set up lanterns and flocks of candles. Anything that encourages snuggling and lingering is comme il faut, perfect for crisper fall evenings.

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