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Living in Southern California, it really doesn’t feel much like fall around here. I’m still running around barefoot most of the day and relaxing by the pool occasionally, too. But I would like to give my home a bit of that cozy fall feeling, without a lot of heavy wool blankets and pinecones and traditional fall fecor. So I am taking a look at some simple ways to make my house feel a little more like fall, but still be appropriate to southern California.
My Fall Decor Style Has Changed
Several years back, once my kids were away in college, I gave away all of our artificial pumpkins, yard goblins, orange twinkle lights, and plastic tombstones to a friend of mine with younger children. Without kids at home, I just didn’t feel the desire to decorate for each Holiday. Plus, as always, I was trying to lighten my load and simplify my life.
All that decor was feeling too much like clutter to me. So I gave it to my friend, and she was happy to have it. Honestly, I was glad to pass it along to someone who’s kids would appreciate it and relieved to have it out of my attic.
In my current search for fall decor, I’m not looking for more plastic pumpkins.
I just want to emphasize the colors, textures, and scents of a crisp fall day.
Fall Decorating with Color
Naturally, I want to bring in some traditional fall colors. I love the brilliant burgundy, hunter green, mustard yellow, and burnt orange leaves of autumn. I think these are all beautiful colors and they really conjure up the idea of the changing season. As a bonus, these colors will really pop when added to the soft blue and grey color scheme of my home.
But fall colors don’t stop with just these traditional tones. Look at the fabulous teal and charcoal grey in the picture below. These will also work well with my decor and are a bit fresher and more unique.
Plum and rosy pink are super trendy fall shades this year and I’ve seen them everywhere – magazines, Pinterest, and all the home decor stores. While they are lovely colors, I think I’ll pass on them for my home. Otherwise, I’d be on fall color overload, and it would start to be too much!
I think this year I will stick with the very traditional fall colors.
Fall Decorating with Texture
Now that I know the color palette of the decor items I’ll be looking for, it’s time to focus on bringing in some great texture.
More than any other season, fall is all about touchable textures. Just look at the thick weave of the pillow and blanket below to see what I mean. Don’t they give you all the warm snugglies?
True fact: My husband hates pillows! He thinks I buy them just to irritate him! But I love a good pillow – and so I may need to add one (or two!) for the fall. The one above is nice, but once I got it home, I decided I’d like a more colorful one, not so neutral.
I almost snapped up this basket while I was in Target a few days ago. Baskets are wonderful for adding texture, and I liked the deep brown tone. I can see it loaded with pillows, or maybe some tall dried ornamental grasses. I might have to go back and get it. What do you think?
Setting the Mood With Fragrance
Candles, air fresheners, homemade potpourris, and wax melts can all add delicious fragrance to the air in your home that will really emphasize the change in season. I’ll be packing up my fruit and “fresh linen” scents for now.
Fall scents seem practically unlimited, and range from outdoor scents (think bonfire, aspen leaves, cedar, smoke) to comfort foods (maple pancakes, cafe au lait, hot cocoa) to traditional seasonal favorites (cranberry, teakwood, pumpkin spice).
I really like the Nature’s Wick 3-layer candle I found that has wooden wicks that crackle like a fire! (Another great Target find, but I’ve also seen them at Home Goods)
I’m totally loving the acorn spice scent of the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products! I found a great selection of these at Target just the other day.
So more fragrance items are a definite must for my fall home. I’m a big fan of the 3-wick candles at Bath and Body Works, so I’ll keep my eyes out for their frequent half-price sales. These candles have some of the strongest throws of any brand, and can scent your whole home!
Get that Fall Feeling with Football Decor!
Sometimes, there are small personal things that can set the mood of a season for you.
At our house, that’s already been taken care of. Several years ago I gave my husband this football helmet as a gift, and I think it is one of his favorite possessions. That’s the University of Michigan, in case you weren’t sure, and Mike is a huge fan (as well as an alum).
This helmet goes on display under our television on the opening day of college football season, and it stays there until the championship game is over. It just wouldn’t be fall in our home without it, and even though it doesn’t really “fit” my decorating style, it is in our home to stay.
Final Thoughts on Simple Ways to Make a House Feel Like Fall
In summary, when I go out in search of decor, I’ll be looking for:
- traditional fall colors such as burgundy, rust, brown, mustard yellow, and pumpkin
- items with great natural texture
- candles and fragrances that evoke the out of doors
Now that I’ve finished brainstorming what fall feels like to me, it’s time to go out into the world and see if I can collect just a few items that will bring that feeling into our home. I’ll keep you posted!