Written By: Leanne Cobb
Temperatures are still in the 90s, bathing suits and sunscreen are still worn on repeat, school schedules have arrived, and that one last trip to the beach is still being planned. Still, the allure of pumpkin spice everything, college football season, and fall festivals is starting to set in. As we gear up to exchange long days spent at the lake for drives to the mountains to look at leaves, we look forward to a change of scenery in our homes. Below are some of the 2023 trends for décor that will give any space the quintessential fall spruce.
This year the standard earth-toned colors are trending, but with an emphasis on bold oranges and mustard and honey yellow golds. Green, in its deeper shades and tones, is especially popular and makes a nice transition when decorating for the holidays. Blush is on trend this year and is great for adding a pop of color to a neutral aesthetic. An easy and quick way to incorporate these colors into your home is in the form of pillows, rugs, framed art, vases, and throws. If you have some extra time and don’t mind décor, that is more of a commitment; painting your front door one of these colors provides your guests a fun and festive greeting before they even enter the house.
Fabrics and textures go a long way in giving your home a cozy fall feel. Exchanging summery linens and breezy cottons for thicker, luxurious materials such as velvet, velour, leather, and chenille give an instant warmth to your space. Any of these fabrics in a warm, earth-toned color will set the fall mood. These fabrics can be woven into your décor through curtains, drapery, tablecloths, rugs, pillows, blankets, and bedding. Interior Designer Mariana Gardner, of Interior Cues often chooses a colorful rug for her fall space designs.
“When the leaves start falling off the trees, it’s the perfect time to gather color inspiration from Mother Nature,” Gardner says. “Reds, yellows, oranges…they can all complement each other as illustrated in this design board. Take note of the specific hues and tones and bring them indoors for a cozy and earthy feel.”
Bring the look and smell of fall into your home by bringing in nature. Pinecones are a staple and always a good choice, but so is anything else you find outdoors that appeals to you and your style. Whether it’s river rocks, shells, crystals, fall flowers, or greenery, these natural elements immediately make your home feel like an autumn afternoon. To bring the scent of fall, use evergreen plants and herbs such as sage, rosemary, and thyme. For an added natural and warm look, place your works of nature in a brushed brass or gold vase, bowl, or plate.
There is little that can create ambiance better than lighting. Fall brings a moodier, low-key, relaxed feel, and lighting is an easy way to set that tone. The most adaptable way to create this is by using more wall, table, and floor lamps rather than a bright, central light. Opting for bulbs with varying brightness is best and helps with layering your lighting. Put brighter bulbs in lamps placed in areas where reading and writing will be done and gentle bulbs in wall and table lamps. A dimmer switch is an easy and cost-effective way to control the brightness of light and the mood of the room. Gardner suggests autumn-inspired lampshades and covers. “Swapping out lampshades and light covers to ones with autumnal patterns or colors can instantly add a seasonal touch to existing light fixtures. Consider using lampshades made from textured fabrics like burlap, buffalo plaids, or featuring fall-inspired motifs like leaves, acorns, or even woodland animals.”
Last but not least, don’t discount the power of candles as a powerful form of using light to set a warm, peaceful fall atmosphere and bring that rich autumn scent to any room.
With cooler, more comfortable temperatures, fall is the season for outdoor entertainment and relaxation. Nothing says “perfect fall evening” quite like a fire pit. Like most items, these can cost a lot or a little, depending on size, brand, and materials, but if you want to spend some time enjoying a fire, cool air, and the smoky scent of autumn outdoors, a fire pit is a nice way to do it. Much like candles, lanterns and LED white lights create a cozy ambiance to your outdoor space and are a softer, gentler light than your regular outside lights. Give your porch railing a fall spruce with garland. Gone are the days when garland was only a Christmas decoration. If you have kids, making your own garland with leaves, branches, pinecones, greenery, and anything else you can find on a hike or in your backyard creates a great fall family activity. Interweave some strands of white lights to your garland for added flair.
If you’ve made it this far, you may have noticed the one icon of fall that has not been mentioned yet. But no worries, because research shows that it is impossible to write an article on fall sprucing and decorating without mentioning this item. Any guesses? If you guessed pumpkins, you are correct. You can’t see a pumpkin without getting that fall feeling. Some say there is no such thing as too many pumpkins, while others argue that one or two is enough. Gardner also recommends heirloom pumpkins as an alternative to the traditional orange variety. “I like to use heirloom pumpkins because they are more unique and come in a diverse and attractive range of colors, such as white, green, red, blue, yellow, and even multi-colored patterns.”
Either way, one prominently displayed pumpkin is all you need to see. The next thing you know, you are sitting by the pool on a hot August day with sunscreen in one hand and a Pumpkin Spice Latte in the other.