Turn Up the Texture: 12 Accessories to Take Your Home From Summer to Fall

It's officially time to transition your home decor from summer to fall. Shop our favorite product picks and get our design tips for a pro look.

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September 22, 2021

What if we told you that you could transition your home decor from summer to fall without a single pumpkin or acorn? The key to achieving a warm, cozy and decidedly autumnal home is infusing the space with color, texture and textiles that reflect the season.

Start With an Inspired Color Palette

Crisp, white hues and endless shades of blue are staples for spring and summer design, but these vivid shades can feel stark when the temperatures drop come fall. Swap out those fresh, cool-toned accessories for warm alternatives when furnishing your home for fall. Replace summer white with soft ivory or cream; swap out punchy primaries for moody jewel tones and reach for warm-leaning blues like French blue, denim, cornflower and teal to replace cobalt and sky-blue touches. Don’t forget to transition your wooden and metallic accessories to rich, warmer alternatives for the season, too.

Add Texture With Accessories

Glossy ceramics, translucent glass and polished silver are stunning accent pieces for warm-weather months, but fall is the season to embrace all things aged, antique and imperfect. Think earthenware vessels, dusty terracotta planters, timeworn leather, patinated brass, hammered metals, oil-rubbed bronze and weathered-reclaimed wood.

Mix and Match Warm Textiles

Put your breezy cotton-linen-blend blankets and pillows back in your closet and replace them with their sumptuous textural counterparts. Our top autumn textiles include velvet, leather, suede, cord, boucle, jacquard weave, tweed, flannel, chenille, tartan and, of course, faux fur. Mix and match your favorites to achieve a curated and cozy fall escape.


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Ready to put our tips to the test? Find our favorite fall-forward accessories to transition your home from summer to fall in the links below, plus our best seasonal design tips to help you along the way.

Lightweight linen throws are a must for sweltering summer months, but the breezy material isn’t cut out for crisp, autumn temps. Layer your sofa or loveseat in warmth and texture for the season ahead with a faux mohair throw. Inspired by the iconic coat of Angora goats, this cruelty-free material brings instant coziness to any setting. It boasts a soft, fuzzy texture and a medium weight ideal for transitioning between seasons. Scoop up this color-blocked beauty in your choice of two colorways: charcoal and ivory or muted camel and terracotta.

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'Tis the season to stow away your white ceramics and snowy marble accessories. Replace your summer whites with lived-in, storied accents like these artisan earthenware vases. Each one-of-a-kind vessel is hand-sculpted and finished with a dimensional layer of paint to yield an aged appearance. Choose between three unique sizes and silhouettes to best serve your space, then style with foraged foliage branches from your yard or the faux olive branches below on your entry console, dining table or fireplace mantel.

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Put your glass vases and crystal serveware away for safekeeping, then add these tortoise glass vessels. Swapping translucent glass accessories for their bold, amber and espresso counterparts will transition any vignette in your home from summer to fall in two minutes flat. This emboldened collection creates dreamy contrast in airy, neutral interiors and looks equally lovely in saturated spaces, too. Snag a solo tortoise vase or snag a set of three and style with sun-bleached pampas grass, foraged foliage branches or dahlias.

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Rich espresso, caramel and toffee tones are fall mainstays, and this burlwood tray checks all the boxes. Replace your beachy driftwood or white oak accessories with deep and glossy stained wood accents befitting the season. The refined dark tones look especially striking when paired with contrasting textiles in creamy neutral tones like almond, ivory, beige and alabaster.

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Fold up your cotton pillow covers and pull out all the cozy-comfy stops with a set of oh-so-fluffy faux-fur replacements. This contemporary channel-set pillow design offers silky-soft faux fur on all sides and is available in autumnal rust and creamy oat finishes.

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Pastels are pretty, but they don’t hold a candle to jewel tones for fall. (Get it?) Treat yourself to a pop of seasonal, saturated hues with a selection of dazzling glass candlesticks. The vibrant holders come in a variety of heights and swoon-worthy shades including amber, rush, blush and purple. Mix and match to suit your space and top with cream, teal, navy or black taper candles.

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Crisp, white bedding is beautiful year-round. That said, we’re all about spicing things up in the bedroom for fall. Replace your whispery-white linen duvet cover with this weighty, jacquard-woven set to up the ante in your autumnal bedroom design. The luxurious duvet comes in a moody teal blue and vibrant marigold hue that promise to play well with your existing neutral furnishings.

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Retire your faux palm fronds and fiddle leaf fig branches to a quiet resting place for the coming months and enliven your entryway with this tried-and-true Tuscan alternative for fall. These peaceful, silvery-sage olive leaves and woody branches provide a picture-perfect in-between for the flashy emerald leaves of summer and the moody red, rust and gold foliage of fall. Style in a simple glass vessel or pop your branches in the artisan vases for a convincing rustic appeal.

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Bouclé reigns supreme as the “it” textile in design this fall and yes, you need it in your life. Equal parts stately and cozy, this begs-to-be-touched fabric makes the perfect polishing touch to your sofa, entry bench or boudoir. Bring home bouclé by way of this pillow collection from Anthropologie. Choose between three silhouettes and four fall-forward finishes: ivory, neutral, ochre and teal.

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Bring on the baskets! Add texture and much-needed storage underfoot or on your bookcase with saturated woven baskets like this handsome seagrass number from Terrain. White-washed wicker and sun-bleached baskets are summer storage staples, but we’re smitten with caramel, espresso, Jacobean and cinnamon tone woven accessories for fall and winter.

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Bid adieu to your summery blooms and replace them with preserved posies, grass and branches instead. Ivory, cream and sun-bleached blonde dried florals are our go-to for transitioning to fall because they bring dimension to a design without overpowering surrounding elements in a room. This dried wheat bunch makes the perfect understated seasonal addition to any space because it complements summer whites and autumn hues alike. Style the bunch solo in a smoked-glass vessel or tie off with velvet ribbon and flank each end of your fireplace mantel.

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Transitioning to fall calls for an overhaul of all your senses, and your sense of smell is no exception. Replace powdery-white florals, zippy citrus and splashy sea salt fragrances with spicy, woodsy and moody notes befitting the season. This collection features three seasonal scents that promise to burn for 85 hours and envelope your home in a luxurious fragrance that lasts for days. Choose between Lily Davana, Osmanthus Suede or Violet Leaf Oud (or buy one of each and thank us later!). If you're not big on candles, you can achieve the same seasonal scents with a fragrance diffuser or potpourri.

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