Transitioning your home from summer to fall - why it matters!
If you're reading this you probably fall into one of two categories, someone who LOVES to update their home throughout the year, or someone who wonders if it's time to start. No matter which camp you belong to, we're here to help guide you through the process! We know redecorating can be thought of as an expensive and timely undertaking, but it doesn't have to be!
When introducing new items to the home, we encourage an intentional approach; where function, personality and mood are core deciding factors. For this reason, we suggest that textile additions make a brilliant choice for seasonal sprucing - combining aesthetics with purpose for style and comfort.
Those who subscribe to principles of interior design are likely familiar with the seasonal shifts that come about throughout the year, but you don’t need to be an expert to give your room a fashionable fall look. The basic idea is to rotate homewares and introduce thoughtful additions that reflect the energies we wish to embrace with the changing seasons. From festive and fun to sentimental and relaxed - decor can help to set the right tone!
The key tenets of autumnal decorating are simple: cozy, warm and welcoming. Adding the fall feels to your home can be equally simple, we've broken it down into 5 simple and actionable tips:
Tip 1: Decide on a colour story for each space
Vibrant colours are very welcome in fall, with sumptuous jewel tones and spice-inspired hues a popular choice! For a traditional fall palette, look to the chromatic display of autumn foliage for inspiration. Shades like rust, terracotta and burnt sienna tend to be favourites, pairing effortlessly for a curated fall-inspired update. For a brighter interpretation, go for “fall” yellows, like ochre, mustard and chartreuse.
Whether you choose a classic colour scheme or put your own twist on it, you can make the final decisions less daunting by sticking to the same section of the colour wheel. Mixing and matching has its place in the world of interior design, but colour coordinating your decor is a friendlier option for those who want to play it safe! The trick is to stick to similar shades; like siblings, they can belong to the same family but are still allowed to be different to one another!
Tip 2: Refresh your accessories
It’s layering season! Once the temperatures start to drop, you’ll find yourself reaching for the extra layers more often. Depending on your personal tastes, you might go all out with pumpkin-shaped cushions and novelty halloween throws; or perhaps gravitating more towards season-agnostic pieces for year-round comfort.
During the warmer seasons, zingy floral shades and lighter fabrics are typically preferred; but for fall and winter, it’s all about faux furs, fleeces and heavy knits. Where colour is used, there are no right or wrong hues to use, but it’s common to see deeper and richer tones embraced at this time of year!
To learn how to make decorative cushions work for your space, read our Ultimate Decorative Pillow Guide.
Tip 3: Introduce seasonal patterns and prints
Colourful autumn leaves are perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when fall is mentioned, the fleeting window of ever-changing foliage is utterly synonymous with the season itself.
Botanical prints are a perfect nod to this much-adored phenomenon, and liven up a bedroom or living room instantly! Choose an accent throw or cushion (or both) that highlights a particular hue from the pattern, and voila! You’re now a seasoned home decorator. Apply this principle to the guest suite if visitors are expected and you will be sure to impress!
We've got more advice on getting your guest quarters ready for the holidays here.
Tip 4: Opt for heavier textures and fabrics
Like we mentioned earlier, the colder seasons call for luxurious textures like fleece, faux fur, velvet, chunky knits. Not only do these offer lush autumnal appeal, they’ll help to keep you warm and oh-so-cozy when temperatures drop.
For bedding tips on prepping for the cooler nights ahead, check out our blog post ‘Cold Weather Bedding Essentials: How to Layer a Bed for Winter in 5 Steps’. Stay cozy, friends!
Bianco Duvet Cover, Round Mandarin Cushion in Black, Angora Square Cushion Cover in Black and Ribbed Faux Fur Throw in Black
Right: Kailua Duvet Cover, Corded Knit Square Cushion Cover in Natural and Diamond Square Cushion Cover
Tip 5: Cozy up outdoor spaces
For homes with exterior living areas, such as a front porch, backyard patio or deck, consider how you might continue to get lots of use out of these spaces during colder days and nights. There may be a lot you can do to make outside a lovely place to be, there’s few greater pleasures than enjoying a hot beverage in the morning while breathing in that crisp fall air!
Add comfy cushions to porch seating, keeping to a single colour family for a coordinated seasonal look! Thick blankets in comfy textures and fabrics will come in handy for curling up beneath the stars, and can drape over your chairs for an extra soft layer to lean on. Add string lights or lanterns for a perfect outdoor setting to enjoy with friends and family!
For bringing the comfort of bed to your outdoor activities, you might enjoy the post we wrote on this subject. Check out the blog to get tips and great product recommendations!
Hopefully you’re feeling excited and inspired to welcome in the new season! If you need more personalized fall decorating recommendations, feel free to book a free styling consultation with one of our bedding and decor experts, or visit any of our 77 stores across Canada. Tag your fall makeovers with the hashtag #myQEstyle to be featured on social. We hope to see you soon!