When the weather begins to cool, take cues from the fall to warm up your world. Color, natural materials, seasonal plants, and decorations will help your home feel warm and cozy, even when the heat isn't turned up. Thank about the decorating styles that appeal to you, projects you need to complete before winter, and use the following tips for guidance:
Take hints From Nature.
As the air turns cool, nature gives us clues as to which colors make your home feel warm and cozy in the fall. Look around at the fall foliage and you"ll see vibrant gold, rich reds, deep chocolate brown and toasty oranges, These colors inspire life and energy as the days get darker and cooler.
Look for ways to incorporate these colors into your home decor. A color like a creamy beige or chocolate brown is great for a variety of accessories, such as rugs or lampshades. Using neutrals like deep brown or cool charcoal on small accents pieces, such as side tables or a headboard, to add sophisticated dimensions throughout your home. Painting or pictures of fall scenery would look great too.
Prepare for winter
Now is the time to prep your home. Consider installing cellular shades. Insulate your water heater with an insulation wrap. Seal leaks and drafts with caulk or weather strips. Clean your furnace and change your air filter. And lastly, but certainly not least, install a programmable thermostat. This allows you to conserve energy during the day while you're at work and at night while you sleep, but still come home or wake up to a warm, cozy home.
Come around the fireplace.
Rearrange your furniture to set your fireplace, instead of the TV, as the focal point of the room. Footstools, ottomans, and floor pillows by the fire create an inviting, warm atmosphere that will get you through, even the coldest days. If you don't want the hassle of starting and maintaining a fire, try placing a tall candle in the fireplace for a similar glow, or invest in an easier-to-use gas fireplace.
Margaret Owner/Broker of Carlton Real Estate LLC