Fall is officially here, and along with the cool, crisp air comes the urge to spruce up and bundle up every room.
Design by Ana Donahue
We polled our amazing Facebook fans and compiled their four best tips for easy, affordable fall decor along with some from our trend-watching arsenal. Get our must-do ideas, then tell us how you’re decorating for fall.
Declutter Before You Decorate
Getting organized might not be the most thrilling part of a fall spruce-up, but it is one of the most important. It’s also pretty darn satisfying: You’ll feel a lot better about being cooped up indoors when you can 1) actually see your cute new throw pillows and 2) find fall clothes and decorations.
Organize what you plan to keep, and get rid of what you no longer need. Facebook fan Carla is planning to donate items to alleviate clutter and highlight her new bedroom accessories. “My bedding will consist of a leopard blanket and newly-purchased red pillows, and the rest of the space will be simple and clutter-free.”
Switch Out the Accents
If you keep your larger pieces neutral, it’s easy and affordable to change the accents every season. Facebook fan Sandy uses her townhome’s neutral walls and furniture as a backdrop for seasonal accessories: “Each season of the year, I switch out all the accents: area rugs, throws, toss pillows and candles. Fall’s colors in my home are russet, gold, rust and dark green,” she says. Even one small change makes a difference: “I put an orange pillow on the sofa – instant autumn!,” says Facebook fan David.
Patterns and Prints
From bold animal prints to tribal motifs, bold patterns are having a moment. Update your home’s look with a touch of bold pattern, like in the photo above, or go bold like Facebook fan Lantz: “I just redid my apartment in leopard and zebra print to go with the African theme in my front bedroom,” he says.
Add Fall-Inspired Color
Fall is the perfect time to bring rich, gorgeous hues indoors. Facebook fan Sara prefers the classics, “like deep oranges, reds and golden yellows.” Or, switch out classic colors for trendy ones – here are 12 of the chicest hues to use this fall.
Get even more up-to-the-minute design ideas from our Fall Design Trends feature. Then tell us: What’s on your fall decor to-do list?