If you're like most home owners, changing the look of a room can set the mood for an entire season. But who wants to paint walls four times a year? Luckily, you don't have to. We've got some no-commitment fall decorating ideas that can warm up your home with oranges and reds, and you can change them out as often as you like.
The best canvas is neutral walls and floors. If you have bold colors on the walls, it's more difficult to change the style of a room. But even if your home's decor is already dramatic, a few tweaks can update it in short order.
So here are a few fall decorating ideas to help you start thinking about how you want your home to look through Thanksgiving.
Fall Decorating Ideas Include Warm Metallics
Bronze, gold, and other rich-toned metallics warm up a room similar to the way silver and pewter add a cool, fresh look. If your home looks too chilly, swap out your cool-toned metal items for a few warm metallics from the opposite end of the color wheel … photo above compliments of HomeDIT.com.
Mirrors and picture frames are a great way to incorporate metallics. You can also use lamps, trays, and even warm metallic drapery rods to give your rooms a look that’s ready for fall and winter.
Choose Rich, Colorful Pillows in Fall Colors
Pillows are a very easy and thrifty way to add a rich punch of color to sofas, chairs, and beds. Think burgundy or caramel velvets and warm brown brocades. Gold satins and almost any fabric that’s quilted will add a cozy look almost anywhere.
Pillows can be stunningly expensive if you buy them pre-made. But you can make pillow covers on the cheap to give the ones you’ve got a whole new look. In fact you can make lots of different pillow covers and change them each season.
Add Something Red or Orange
Red and orange are classic fall colors, reminiscent of the fresh apples and pumpkins of harvest time. Both of these colors are quite bold, so a little goes a long way. Adding a few small decorative items can anchor a room.
Red and orange lend similar effects to a room. If you can’t wear orange, you might not be comfortable with orange in your decor. People tend to gravitate to decorating colors that are in the same color family they’d choose in clothing. If orange isn’t comfortable for you, opt for apple red. And the opposite is true if orange complements your skin tone.
Switch out Artwork
There’s never a bad reason to change out the artwork in your home. This is especially good if you admire a wide range of art, but don’t like the cluttered look of displaying everything you own. (Read: Interior Decorating Can Start with Just One Special Thing)
Replacing artwork seasonally lets you enjoy more of your treasures and keep your home looking updated throughout the year. Any paintings, sculpture, or pottery in warmer colors will complement the season.
Fall Decorating Ideas Might Only Mean a New Rug
Rugs can be equal parts art and function, so think about changing the rugs throughout your home for the colder months. Where lightweight rugs are great for warm months, thick, plush rugs help make rooms look and feel warmer.
Rugs can also be fun. Think about curly shags in rich colors, patterns with a fall theme, and even kitschy seasonal mats by doorways.
Trade White Decor for Ivory or Beige
If you can’t get enough of the shabby look, but white slipcovers look too chilly for fall and winter, there’s a very easy update that will let you keep the same style. Swap out white for ivory, and your rumpled, flounced, easygoing furniture style will warm right up.
If you can’t afford new slipcovers, they aren’t as difficult to make as you might imagine. There are loads of tutorials online that show you step-by-step how it’s done. With a little unbleached muslin or ivory canvas, you can transform an entire room in a very subtle way.
Changing your rooms doesn't have to be an expensive, permanent decision. (Read: Decorating Style File and Why You Want One) Think about how just a few items, such as a Christmas tree or fall harvest table display, can change the feel of your home. That's the same effect no-commitment decorating brings.
Anything that isn't nailed down can be changed seasonally. Heavy draperies can replace summer sheers, and even bath towels and shower curtains can reflect the season. Anything you can pick up can be changed, and you can do this any time you like.
October is the perfect time to anchor your home's decor with deep, rich color. What will you do to change your decor for the season? And don't forget you can decorate outdoors too.