Simple Ways to Cozy Up Your Home for Fall

The transition from summer to fall provides the perfect excuse to update your home with fresh accessories and hues inspired by the season. Dress your home for cool autumn weather with these simple interior and exterior decorating ideas.

Gray and Red Living Room

Update With New Throw Pillows

As the weather gets cooler, the family will start spending more and more time indoors. Cozy up your living room sofas and chairs with plush throw pillows in different shapes, sizes and patterns. Comfy accessories add visual interest to your living room, plus they’ll emit a warm, inviting tone perfect for the season. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Warm Up the Living Room With Plush Throws

If your blankets and throws have been stored away since last winter, run them through the washing machine before putting them back in use. In this midcentury-modern living room, a handwoven throw adds subtle warmth and texture to the sleek gray sofa. Make a bolder statement with a bright throw that contrasts your sofa. Hosting a movie night with friends and family? Be sure to keep pillows and blankets handy to ensure that guests are warm and comfortable. Design by Sarah Richardson

Living Room Cowhide Rug Available Through West Elm

Layer Area Rugs

Layering area rugs is an easy way to add color and texture to your floors. Plus, the extra cushioning and warmth will ensure your feet avoid cold tile and hardwood floors during the fall and winter months. There are no set-in-stone rules when creating this look; just make sure the bottom rug pokes out below the top rug to show off the layering effect. Photo courtesy of West Elm

Prep the Fireplace for Cool Weather

Unless you're surrounded by year-round winter weather, your fireplace probably gets a bit dusty from March to October. To prepare for cool fall nights, get your fireplace ready for its seasonal debut. Contact a contractor to check for any gas-related safety hazards, like leaks or odd smells. To keep your wood-burning fireplace safe, get a professional check and cleaning before you light the first fire. Now you're ready for fireside relaxation! Photo courtesy of Blackberry Farm; Photography by beall + thomas

Cozy Transitional Blue Living Room Design by Ana Donahue

Change Out Your Summer Shades

During the warmer months you may depend on bamboo Roman shades or breezy curtains to cover the windows. But as cool weather approaches, trade out your light and airy treatments for some that offer more insulation and natural coziness. In this living room, designer Ana Donohue added rich ikat draperies over bamboo shades. The pattern adds vibrancy to the room's gold and chocolate color palette, while emitting a natural warmth within the space.

Light Up Candles

With fall comes cooler weather and shorter days. That means daylight instantly becomes a rare commodity until spring rolls around. Take advantage of early nightfall and embrace the darkness by lighting scented candles around the house. The candlelit ambiance will help relieve stress and anxiety after a long day at work. Design by Erinn Valencich

Cozy Up the Patio

Don't forget about your favorite outdoor spot when the seasons change. As summer transitions into fall, the weather becomes perfect for comfortable evenings outside. Decks and patios are often neglected as the weather cools down, but the lack of heat and humidity makes your outdoor space even more usable and enjoyable. At the outdoor dining area of HGTV Green Home 2012, a throw sits folded at each seat just in case the weather gets chilly during an outdoor meal. Now there's no reason to not enjoy the patio January through December.

Swap Out Summer Bedding

It's time to stow the summer quilt and bring back the heavy-duty down comforter and thermal blankets. If you want to save money on your utility bill during colder months, set the thermostat to 62 degrees or below while sleeping or away from home. A thick comforter will keep you warm at night while saving you money at the same time. Photo courtesy of Blackberry Farm; Photography by beall + Thomas

Thanksgiving Table and Centerpiece

Add Seasonal Warmth to the Table

Stow everyday dishes in the cupboard and pull out seasonally themed pieces. Designer Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home layered a vintage quilt over a linen curtain panel to create a one-of-a-kind tablecloth with incredible fall appeal. To coordinate with the season, she brought in pumpkins, nuts and fresh herbs to form a table-length centerpiece. A mix of crystal glasses and wood cutting boards share a fusion of rustic style with refined elements.

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