How to Make Your Fall Home Cozy

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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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

16 thoughts to “How to Make Your Fall Home Cozy”

  1. These ideas sound very cozy! I love the idea of decorating the entrance. I think that I will have to remember these tips for when it’s our turn for autumn again.

    1. You can make your decor changes for spring and then summer. Hang a spring wreath on the front door and put a few potted plants around the porch. When it’s warm enough, make a comfy spot outside with a chair and cushion with a lightweight throw for cool evenings. In your entry a few natural elements like sprint fruit or spring flowers. I love spring – enjoy it for me!

  2. I love this time of year apart from it getting colder. I do like the darker evenings and getting the blankets out. We always get our boiler checked in October and it’s usually just after then we start putting the heating on regularly. What fantastic tips and ideas. x

  3. The porch ideas are really good. I never really do anything like that, so might try it this year

  4. Carol, I was writing you a comment and the power went out for about 4 hours. I have no idea what I was writing about other then yes, Autumn will begin tomorrow and I go to see my doctor. I’m looking forward for Halloween.

    Cruisin Paul

  5. Hi Carol, I already do a lot of these — usually. But this year I just haven’t had the mojo or inspiration. Maybe this will be it. It’s a really motivating post with lots of good ideas!

    1. I understand. No worries if the motivation doesn’t come. We all have the right to have down time. I think one of the reasons I went to several stores was to develop more of a feeling for the season. With all the changes I made in the last 9 months, I’m not my normal self.

  6. I love this article. There is nothing better than a cozy home during the fall and winter and the textures and cozy corner you mentioned are perfect. Thank you for sharing at #omhgww. Pinned & tweeted. See you next week.

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