What if we told you that you could transition your home decor from summer to fall without a single pumpkin or acorn? The key to achieving a warm, cozy and decidedly autumnal home is infusing the space with color, texture and textiles that reflect the season.
Start With an Inspired Color Palette
Crisp, white hues and endless shades of blue are staples for spring and summer design, but these vivid shades can feel stark when the temperatures drop come fall. Swap out those fresh, cool-toned accessories for warm alternatives when furnishing your home for fall. Replace summer white with soft ivory or cream; swap out punchy primaries for moody jewel tones and reach for warm-leaning blues like French blue, denim, cornflower and teal to replace cobalt and sky-blue touches. Don’t forget to transition your wooden and metallic accessories to rich, warmer alternatives for the season, too.
Add Texture With Accessories
Glossy ceramics, translucent glass and polished silver are stunning accent pieces for warm-weather months, but fall is the season to embrace all things aged, antique and imperfect. Think earthenware vessels, dusty terracotta planters, timeworn leather, patinated brass, hammered metals, oil-rubbed bronze and weathered-reclaimed wood.
Mix and Match Warm Textiles
Put your breezy cotton-linen-blend blankets and pillows back in your closet and replace them with their sumptuous textural counterparts. Our top autumn textiles include velvet, leather, suede, cord, boucle, jacquard weave, tweed, flannel, chenille, tartan and, of course, faux fur. Mix and match your favorites to achieve a curated and cozy fall escape.
Ready to put our tips to the test? Find our favorite fall-forward accessories to transition your home from summer to fall in the links below, plus our best seasonal design tips to help you along the way.
‘Tis the season to stow away your white ceramics and snowy marble accessories. Replace your summer whites with lived-in, storied accents like these artisan earthenware vases. Each one-of-a-kind vessel is hand-sculpted and finished with a dimensional layer of paint to yield an aged appearance. Choose between three unique sizes and silhouettes to best serve your space, then style with foraged foliage branches from your yard or the faux olive branches below on your entry console, dining table or fireplace mantel.
Lightweight linen throws are a must for sweltering summer months, but the breezy material isn’t cut out for crisp, autumn temps. Layer your sofa or loveseat in warmth and texture for the season ahead with a faux mohair throw. Inspired by the iconic coat of Angora goats, this cruelty-free material brings instant coziness to any setting. It boasts a soft, fuzzy texture and a medium weight ideal for transitioning between seasons. Scoop up this cozy beauty in your choice of four colorways: camel, ivory, chambray or eucalyptus.
Pastels are pretty, but they don’t hold a candle to jewel tones for fall. (Get it?) Treat yourself to a pop of seasonal, saturated hues with a selection of dazzling glass candlesticks. The vibrant holders come in three swoon-worthy shades: gold, chocolate and purple. Mix and match to suit your space and top with cream, teal, navy or black taper candles.
Bid adieu to your summery blooms and replace them with preserved posies, grass and branches instead. Ivory, cream and sun-bleached blonde dried florals are our go-to for transitioning to fall because they bring dimension to a design without overpowering surrounding elements in a room. This dried briza minima bunch makes the perfect understated seasonal addition to any space because it complements summer whites and autumn hues alike. Style the bunch solo in a smoked-glass vessel or tie off with velvet ribbon and flank each end of your fireplace mantel.
Bring on the baskets! Add warmth and much-needed storage underfoot or on your bookcase with smooth leather baskets like this handsome cognac number from Terrain. White-washed wicker and sun-bleached baskets are summer storage staples, but we’re smitten with caramel, espresso, Jacobean and cinnamon tone woven accessories for fall and winter.
For even more ideas on how to transition your home decor from summer to fall, check out the rest of the list from HGTV.