Budget-friendly ways to transition your home into Fall
There are several changes that signal the start of fall. As leaves begin to change color and temperatures go down, we know pumpkin season is here. While we often first think about changing out our summer clothes for warm and cozy fall jackets, it is also important to prepare your home for the fall season.
Getting your home ready for fall includes prepping to ensure your home's structure is weather-ready, as well as transitioning your décor for the colder autumn months. This will ensure that your home is robust and welcoming for months to come.
It’s important to remember that you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot to prep your home for fall. Today we discuss how to prep your home for fall without killing your wallet.
Here are simple and inexpensive ways to help prepare your home for fall:
Home decor updates to transition your home for fall:
Evaluate your lighting
Lighting often seems like a static element in your home, but it’s actually something you can easily change! The darker days of autumn and winter are precisely the time when your lighting matters the most.
Some research suggests that type and temperature of light might impact your mood and the overall energy of a room. With days being shorter and colder, we often find ourselves spending more time at home.
The way you illuminate your space in these darker months can make a huge difference in how you feel while you’re inside. Some small lighting changes that can make a big difference include:
- Warmer Bulbs: Simply swapping your existing light bulbs for warmer ones can make an immense difference in the mood of a space.
- Floor Lamps: When you turn on a floor lamp instead of overhead lighting, you’ll be amazed at how much it can change the mood of a room.
- Lamp Shades: You can easily upgrade any existing lamp with a new shade. A darker shade, or one in a warmer color, will promote relaxation. On the other hand, a lighter, more translucent shade will allow more light to filter through in areas you need it.
- Accent Lightning: Think fairy lights, Christmas lights, and decorative lanterns. While they won’t really help you see much, they’ll add a cheerful glow to dim days and long nights.
- Candles: Fall is definitely the beginning of candle season. While they no longer serve as our primary source of home lighting, they definitely deserve a mention. Cozy candles allow you to bring the same warm, flickering glow to your home than a fireplace. Plus, with all the seasonal scents available, who can resist?
Swap out pillows and blankets
To make this seasonal change a breeze, you can follow the tips that home decor blogger Sarah Stewart shares on her blog:"Here’s my philosophy for swapping out throw pillow seasonally. Find a print that you can easily switch out (I opted to remove my main, floral fabric). Find one of similar scale that has different colors than your normal decorating scheme, but one that compliments your existing colors well so that you can use your existing basic/geometric pillows. Another helpful hint: be sure to add in texture! Fall is all about texture, warmth and coziness!"
As temperatures begin to drop, having a soft throw blanket on hand is always a good idea. Throw blankets are a great option for updating a space while adding coziness and warmth. You can also use them in many different places in your home to add style to your home.
You can drape a throw blanket on the seat of a sofa in the living room or even on the seat of a bench. You can use it in your reading nook as well for curling up with a good book. You can also fold a throw blanket at the foot of your bed for cozy nights ahead.
Make use of Fall branches and leaves
While there are certainly various types of flowers that are available year-round, we think fall is the perfect time of year to embrace a more rustic approach with branches and leaves. Chances are you either have a couple beautiful trees near you that are changing colors or a local farmer's market to pick up some interesting branches or leaves to use in your space. Here are a few ways you can incorporate them into your fall decor:
- In a vase: Just add a little water to a vase and fill it up with a few branches. You can display this fall accessory as the centerpiece on your dining table, coffee table or set of shelves or on a set of shelves.
- Mixed with real flowers: If you want a colorful focal point for your dining table, try mixing fall foliage with real flowers.
- In a basket: One of the prettiest ways to decorate with real branches for fall is to simply put them in a woven basket. This fall accent is perfect for an entryway space or front porch.
- Incorporate branches into your existing decor: While creating arrangements is an easy way to bring branches into your decor, think about using them as part of your holiday decorating schemes, as well.
Pumpkins are always a good idea
Pumpkins aren't just for Halloween! Here are some great ideas for decorating with pumpkins this fall are so much more fun than your typical Jack-o'-lantern.
- Make a centerpiece: Nestle small orange and white pumpkins into a round or oval container, add seasonal vegetables like kale, radishes, and eggplants. Use bundles of fresh herbs (such as rosemary and sage) to fill in any gaps and voila!
- Spell out a message: Use marquee lights to give each pumpkin a letter that will spell out a seasonal message when they're lined up in a row.
- Use Mini Pumpkins to Adorn Your Living Room: Display stacked mini pumpkins under glass domes and cloches to bring some elegant fall spirit into your home.
- Paint a House Number Pumpkin: Add tons of curb appeal to your entrance by painting your house number right on your pumpkin. This cute idea will also make it easier for party guests to find your home.
- Plant Succulents in Pumpkin Vases: The no-fuss, easy-to-care-for nature of succulents make them the perfect plant to display in your home this fall.
Basic checklist to ensure your home is physically ready to take on fall:
Check your fireplace
For most people, using your fireplace signifies the start of fall and will be used throughout the fall and winter months to help keep you warm and cozy. So, it is important that it is properly inspected prior to the start of the fall season.
First, sweep out the ashes. It is important to note that you should hold off on doing this if you’ve recently used your fireplace, as ashes will remain hot for an extended period after use. Next, make sure that the starter is in working condition. You can also prepare wood that you will need for the upcoming colder months.
If you have a fireplace but don’t plan on using it, or have a faux fireplace, there are many decorative options for you. Try adding some candles, stacked wood or lanterns to the inside of the fireplace to give it some personality.
Cover all outdoor furniture
Don’t make the mistake of leaving your outdoor furniture uncovered. As the temperatures drop, your furniture is at risk for damage. Moisture from rain and snow can leave significant
Depending on the climate you’re in, you can either invest in coverings for your furniture, or bring it inside.
You will still be able to continue using your patio furniture throughout early fall, or longer depending where you live, but you should protect them by converging them as the temperature gets colder, especially at night.
Inspect your roof
Next, it’s time to take a look at your roof. You can either do this yourself, or hire a certified roofer to do the inspection. If you are wanting to do this yourself, use caution. Look out for loose or cracked slates or tiles.An easy way to spot roof damage is by noticing if there are dark patches or water stains on your walls. An expert will go into the loft in order to check for damage.
Get your boiler prepped
It can be frustrating to have your boiler stop working during the chillier months. That is why it’s important to invest in a boiler service that will check your boiler and make sure it’s fully functional. This will help fix potential issues in their tracks so that you can rely on your central heating for fall.
The certified engineer hired for the servicing will also run some safety checks to ensure that the boiler is safe to use, ensuring it doesn’t emit any dangerous gases, such as carbon monoxide, which are harmful.
Inspect your smoke detectors
As the fall months begin, you will begin to use your heater and fireplaces more frequently, increasing the amount of smoke emitted.. While they will keep your home warm, the emitted gas, such as carbon monoxide, can be dangerous to your health.
A detector helps detect any leakage of gas in your home and calls your attention to it. Hence, it is important to ensure that your smoke detectors and alarms are in good working condition.
With this, you can monitor your exposure to harmful gases from heaters or fireplaces.
In conclusion, there are many things you can do to transition your home for fall, from switching up decor to checking the roof. By taking the proper steps to transition your home for fall, you will ensure your home is sturdy and cozy for colder months ahead.