The hot days of summer are coming to an end, and autumn is on the horizon. This time of year is very transitional for decorating. We’re not quite ready to fully embrace pumpkins and cornstalks, but those neon-hued patio accessories seem a little out of place.
Just like you slowly transition your wardrobe from summer to fall, you should be doing the same with your home décor. But it’s a little more complicated with home accents — you can’t just add a cardigan, scarf and a pair of tights to a summer table scape like you can a sundress.
All About Color
Embrace the colors of the season. Red, yellow, orange and brown will be here to stay for a few months, so slowly start incorporating them into your designs.
Choose candles in scents such as cinnamon and pumpkin. Swap out guest bathroom towels, replacing beachy blues with more earthy hues. And replace seashells and sand with wicker balls for vase filler.
Use What You Have
Some of the best decorations come from your own backyard. Start a scavenger hunt with your kids to find small logs and sticks that can be artfully stacked in gabion cage supports to create seating. Top them with cushions and place around an outdoor fire for an instant s’mores station.
You can also bring sticks indoors for a nod to fall in your designs. Fill a tall cylinder vase with thin sticks to add height to your buffet table. And a bunch of sunflowers or goldenrod in a mason jar can replace a vase of summery wildflowers in your entryway.
An Apple a Day
Farmers markets are bustling with fresh produce this time of year. Think outside the bowl of oranges or bananas on your countertop and instead display farm-fresh, colorful vegetables until they make their way onto your dinner plate.
Apples in hues of green, red and yellow can also be displayed in bowls or tall, clear hurricanes on your dining room table. Now is also the time to find a plethora of apple-themed accessories. You can transition to autumn with kitschy kitchen towels or table runners where the fruit takes center stage.