The Design Trick to Refresh Your Home for Fall

I'm not big fan of decorating seasonally, but I do like to make a few small tweaks to my home to refresh for fall, and dare I say it - winter! These tweaks are not expensive or time consuming and they don't include switching out furniture or painting.

The simple design trick to refreshing fall and winter at home is... adding layers.

Layer in a few functional, usable items into your rooms - think throws, pillows, soft floor mats, and candles in earthy, muted fall colours. It's the same as fashion - when it starts to get colder, layer up. This little refresh makes your home cozy but still simple and understated. 

You don't need to buy a bunch of seasonal decor, though sometimes a strategically placed pumpkin or squash on the table (that you can actually eat later) is lovely. Think sustainability and natural materials.

Ideas for naturally and sustainably refreshing your home for fall

  • Mimic Mother Nature's deep muted yellows, oranges, reds and browns and stick with natural texture.

  • Soft area rugs are a treat underfoot- think soft cotton hand-knit or jute.

  • For cushions and throws, go for cable-knit or soft wool. 

  • Throw an extra chunky blanket or throw across the bottom of the bed. 

  • Drape a beautiful throw over the back of the sofa or over your headboard.

  • Stack extra blankets in a big basket in the corner. 

  • Layer in small and inexpensive hits of fresh autumn colour through bringing in branches of greenery like leaves, using colourful vases, adding candles to the mantel or shelves, candles or even hanging a new piece of DIY art in warm colours.

  • Another idea for the wall - hang your favorite quilt that grandma made. 

  • Layer in wood: whether it's through wooden candlesticks, wood bowls, a cedar stump stool, or a stack of wood beside the fireplace, nothing says fall like the warm grain of wood. 

Layering really is key to a sustainable but beautiful and cozy fall and winter home. Just take a look below and see for yourself (click photos for sources).

 Nate Berkus via My Domaine

Nate Berkus via My Domaine

  Niki Brantmark  via My Domaine

Niki Brantmark via My Domaine

 IKEA

IKEA

 House & Home

House & Home

 West Elm

West Elm

 Wayfair

Wayfair

 HGTV

HGTV

Need a few natural items to layer in cozyness in your home? Some of my favourite sources are below, and also take a look at my Etsy Fall & Winter Cozy Board, and my Pinterest boards with my Favourite Home Products and Favourite Canadian Home Sources

 sources for Fall home decor online