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How to Decorate for Almost Fall

Now that the kids are back in school, I’m almost ready for fall sweaters and cozy nights in front of a fire.

Since I am not quite feeling the fall vibe yet, this is a great time for a little home decor refresh.

To transition from summer to fall, I like to minimize my decor to prepare for the change of season.

This is the time when I gather all my summery decor and pack it away.

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How to Decorate for Almost Fall
Shelf styling tip: layer decor to add depth and create a cozy vibe.

Creating a Cozy Home

I love the feeling of a warm, cozy home, don’t you?

The key to creating a cozy home is to decorate in layers.

When we decorate in a linear and flat fashion, there is no depth and the space feels boring and static.

Pick a room, step back and look at your base layer.

Base layers are the big-ticket items we own like sofas, chairs, tables, shelves, etc. 

To breathe life into a space and create a cozy vibe, add layers to your big-ticket items using color and texture.

There are lots of ways to achieve this and you don’t have to go out and buy all new stuff.

Dig through what you have and start arranging things.

It takes some time to come up with the right formula that works for you!

How to Decorate for Almost Fall

Add Neutrals

During seasonal transitions, I prefer to start with a clean, neutral palette and tuck in seasonal decor when I’m ready.

One of the first things I like to do is switch to neutral pillows and blankets.

I remove all of my pillows or pillow covers and only use neutral tones with varying textures.

As we move into fall, I’ll incorporate fall-inspired pillow covers and blankets to lend a fall vibe.

If I have neutral decor items, I’ll move them around until they settle in just the right spot.

Since my decor style is garden-inspired, most of my decor is made up of some sort of natural element that works well in more than just one season.

How to Decorate for Almost Fall

Add Greenery

I tuck greens and florals everywhere throughout the year.

Both faux and real greenery softens hard lines and breathes life into otherwise dull spaces.

They are especially helpful during seasonal transitions because they make a great filler and provide a base layer to tuck in fall decor and florals.

Since I live in New Jersey where we experience a change in season, nature is my guide with respect to how to decorate with florals and greens.

In spring and summer, the greens are more true and vibrant.

How to Decorate for Almost Fall

As we move through fall, they start to mute. In the next few weeks, I’ll follow nature and swap out bright greens for more muted tones.

But for this refresh, I am simplifying my summer decor to just the greens.

In another month, my houseplants will return from their summer vacation on my deck.

When I bring them inside, they help “liven” things up, clean the air and boost the mood throughout the colder months.

(For tips on how to care for and keep your houseplants alive, click here.)

How to Decorate for Almost Fall

Making the Fall Transition

When the time feels right to decorate for fall, my neutral base is there and ready for autumnal touches.

I like working with a green, neutral base because it makes it so much easier (and less expensive) to decorate both during and in-between seasons.

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How do you transition your home from summer to fall?

Let me know in the comments here.

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