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Changing it Up: Fall Decorating

Started fall decorating yet? Learn how to create a cozy and interesting space on any budget.

Fall is the time of year when my focus turns from outside to in. Although the season is probably my favourite, I reluctantly say good-bye to the carefree days of summer. I love the warm weather, casual BBQ dinners, and sitting around the outdoor fire at night sipping a glass of wine and chatting with friends.

Although autumn brings cooler days, fuller schedules with shorter days, it also has its rewards. It is a time when I begin to cultivate the feelings of warmth and coziness in our home. BBQ dinners are replaced with satisfying soups and stews simmering on the stove. The lightness and brightness of décor is exchanged for rich colours, chunky textures and a layered effect. These refinements, as small as they may be, bring a sense of comfort that makes it easier for me to say, “Good-bye summer, we’ll see you again soon.”

Fall Decorating Ideas

How can you make your space more interesting and inviting for fall?


Add throws and plump, down-filled pillows to your sofa. Choose fabrics, such as chunky wools or big knits or global inspired graphic patterns.

Hand Blocked Pillow from West Elm

West Elm


Brighten your space and appeal to your sense of smell with candles in spiced or “baked goods” scents. Candleholders in silver and gold will add a reflective quality.

Pillar Candles from Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Raj Candle Holder from Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

Seasonal Colours

Accessorize with some of today’s hottest colours, including aubergine, indigo or citrine. Choose a tone that speaks to you.

Milk Chocolate Painted Cabinet Doors - West Elm

West Elm

Wall Paint

Ready for a bigger change? Paint a room (or wall) in a seasonal hue, such as warm grey or milk chocolate


Add an element of rustic or weathered wood to your space in furniture or decor.


Be creative and liven up your mantel or table with natural seasonal elements, such as dog wood, gourds, moss balls, acorns or leaves.

Remember, fall is a gradual changing of colours, weather and landscapes. Transitioning your home for the season can be the same. By bringing in a few subtle touches here and there, you’ll create the look and feel you desire.

Visit the Fall Project Gallery to see even more ideas!

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Happy decorating!

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