Thursday is the first OFFICIAL day of fall although many of us already feel it’s here. All too soon the leaves will start to fall from the trees, the evenings will get darker, and the temperatures will drop significantly. With the changing weather and changing seasons, you might be thinking about how you can get your home ready for the season.
Previously I posted how to keep your property safe from the colder elements, but what other steps can you take to create a fall home that’s cozy, comfortable, and wonderfully warm and welcoming? The good news is that getting your home ready for shorter and colder days is easy.
Below is my guide for adding cozy to my home.
Ensure your home is warm
The last thing that you want is to get into the colder season only to find that your heating system is not working correctly. So, it pays to have your heating system checked over by a heating specialist before the colder weather hits.
Insulated windows are the next step in keeping your space warm and cozy. If you have sheer summer curtains, consider trading them out for velvet drapes or any heavy curtain with a thermal lining. Besides making a space look warm and cozy, they’ll insulate the room from cold air leaking through old windows.
You might also want to consider looking into generator installation for your home so that if, for any reason, there’s a power outage, you still have heat (and light). Then if there’s a winter storm and the power goes out, you still have your own personal power supply.
Start at the entrance
Add a fall-focused wreath to your front door. A Welcome mat or sign is a wonderful way to invite the visitor to come in. If you are lucky enough to have a porch, make a seating area for enjoying fall’s beauty. See Fall Porch Ideas for inspiration.
If you are lucky enough to have a real home entrance, spend some time decorating it with plants and fall elements. See How to Make a Stylish Entry for more ideas. Have a spot to remove boots and change into fluffy, warm house slippers.
Up the coziness vibe
Another step that you can take to get your home winter ready is to think about how you can increase the coziness vibe of the space. You want your home to look and feel as warm, welcoming and cozy as possible, which is why it pays to add in a few simple updates. Add layers to your space with throws and a change in pillow covers. I have a drawer full of pillow covers that I change seasonally. With a neutral background of the sofa, I totally change the look in the room by adding textures, natural elements, and darker shades of pillow covers.
Add warm throws and rugs to extend the warmth. It’s the little things that can have the biggest impact, Change your bed linen for more warmth. Crisp cotton is great for summer, but flannel or jersey sheets are best for colder nights. Be sure to have a warm blanket at the foot of the bed for unexpected chills. Change your wardrobe to heavier fabrics and add a new warm sweater and a pair of fuzzy slippers.
Accent the fireplace
If your home has a fireplace, highlight it by decorating the mantle area with things like vases, candles or other decorative pieces. Find pieces that work with your style and coordinate with the room. Add one big focal piece, such as a mirror or painting, in the area above the fireplace. This will help draw the eye and pull the room together. Seasonal decorations with some natural elements proclaim it’s fall.
Add in fall accessories
Add organic elements to every room. Plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables bring so much life to a space. Houseplants are a great addition to the home during fall and winter. See How to Have Healthy Winter Houseplants for more ideas. If you have a brown thumb, invest in a couple of quality faux plants. Bring out your pumpkin accessories and make a mulled cider or pumpkin spice latte. In fall you can add a bowl of apples to the table, and add more lighting to fill dark corners with a warm glow. Some of my friends love lighting scented candles. I personally love a stove top fall potpourri to fill my home with the scent of apples and cinnamon cooking.
Make a special spot
Create a reading spot with adequate lighting and a comfy throw. Next to a fireplace is the classic placement. Move a small table close to the fireplace for an intimate dinner. Make your favorite soup, light the fire, and enjoy the warmth and companionship. Be sure to have a basket of pillows and throws and encourage guests to help themselves.
From adding a fall-focused wreath to your front door to swapping out more summery accents for those with darker colors and textures, there’s plenty of simple changes to add that comfy, cozy feeling in your home. I’m wishing you a season warm with love and a home to nourish your body and soul.
This is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own.
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