Around the House — November 5, 2014 at 5:00 am

6 Simple Ways to Update Your Home For Fall

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With the turning leaves often comes the insatiable urge to feather your nest. It makes sense, after all, you’ll be spending a lot of time indoors in the coming months. Preparing your home for fall needn’t be expensive, nor complicated, especially when you’re armed with the right tools. From room-changing rugs to accent furniture that will give your space a new lease on life, a guide to updating your home for fall, simply.

Give Your Floors a Mini Makeover
In the summer, bare floors are great for making a space feel open and breezy. In the fall, you want to cozy things up and make a room seem warm and inviting. Do this easily by adding a rug or two to your existing decor which will pull everything together and make slippers an afterthought. Some great options are the Windsor, with it’s rich colors and texture or the Gather, with its natural wool that promises to add some next level warmth to any room.

Switch Up Your Slipcovers
Like a good rug, slipcovers can make all the difference in transforming a room’s mood. Lightweight linens and pale hues are great when the sun shines all day long but tend to give off a cold vibe when things cool down. Rather than commit to a brand new piece of furniture, try temporarily reupholstering your couch and chairs with simple covers that will make your space perfect for current season.

Incorporate Mirrors
Mirrors are the ultimate way to open up a room, something that everyone is grateful for when most of the days are spent indoors. Whether you have a substantial sitting room or a tiny reading nook, just about every space can be spruced up with a little reflective action. A piece like the Bora Bora mirror is the ideal pick-me-up for just about any part of your home, adding openness all while maintaining a sense of warmth. The frame’s detailing makes for a stunning focal point (that is, if you can tear yourself away from your own gorgeous image).

Add Some Mood Lighting
It’s amazing how much something as simple as a lamp can do to make a room more fall friendly. As the days become shorter, there’s just something so comforting about switching on a few smaller light sources instead of throwing on the overheads. Look for options with warm shades that will help cast a soothing glow throughout the room. Don’t forget to use energy efficient bulbs—the planet and your energy bill will thank you.

Try Aromatherapy
Studies have shown that scent is a powerful tool when it comes to invoking feelings and memories. Why not make this fall an olfactory pleasure by incorporating some lovely scents into your daily life? For a simple way to make things smell good, a few seasonal candles are a surefire way to do the trick. Not a candle fan? Try simmering some heady spices (cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg are great) in water on low heat to fill your nest with a deliciously soothing aroma. Diffusers, scented warmers, and small bowls of fragrant herbs work wonders as well.

Feather Your Nest
There’s not a lot of things more enjoyable than snuggling up onto the couch at the end of a long, cold day. Even better? When said couch features soft pillows that not only serve as excellent cuddling companions but look amazing while they do it. Adding a few accent pillows to your seating setup is a great way to change a room’s look without investing too much time or money. Pillows add warmth to a space and make any piece of furniture all the more inviting. With stain resistant fabrics and punchy prints, options like the Panama Parrot and No Problems throw pillows are an excellent way to add a little warmth and whimsy to any room this fall.

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