6 Ways To Transition Your Home From Summer To Fall

 

The fall weather is slowly rolling in and that means that the sweaters are out. And if you're like me, there is usually is some type of fall-inspired drink in your hand. There are a number of things that I look forward to when autumn arrives, and one of them is turning on our fireplace and accent lighting. I love the glow it adds to the room, and not to mention the major cozy factor. This got me thinking about how to transition a home from summer to fall and winter. Home is the one place to completely unwind, so why not take a couple of extra steps to make sure it is as cozy and as inviting as possible. Even if isn't for guests, it's nice to do it for yourself. Adding accent lighting and taking advantage of your fireplace (if you have one), is a great place to start. Keep reading to see six ways to transition your home from summer to fall.

 

1. Get out the throws

Nothing says fall and winter like warm, soft blankets. Well, break these guys out of storage, give them a good wash and instantly add warmth and texture to your space by placing them on the sofa, a side chair, at the foot of the bed, and/or on an ottoman.

Tip: Choose a throw that is complementary to your sofa or bedding color. If you prefer a more neutral color palette, think about incorporating more textures into your textiles. Faux fur, a chunky knit or wool blanket are all great options.

Blankets folded and stacked on a wooden side chair. Image via Kinfolk

Blankets folded and stacked on a wooden side chair. Image via Kinfolk

 

2. change your Scent

It wouldn't be fall if we weren't smelling pumpkin and spice, or at least drinking a pumpkin spice latte, am I right? Bringing those warm scents into your home is one of the easiest ways to transition your space into fall and you can do it in many ways. You can burn scented candles, use wax warmers, or a diffuser with different essential oils. If you don't have any of those, don't worry, try making a simmering potpourri from items you might already have.

A simmering potpourri is such an easy and quick way to get your home smelling amazing. It's also a great way to use up some old fruit. There are a ton of different recipes for this, but one of my favorites is to fill a crockpot about 1/2 full with water. (Depending on the size of your crock-pot, you may have to multiply the recipe.) Toss in the rinds from one orange, two apples, three cinnamon sticks and one whole clove. Put the crock-pot on medium and enjoy the scent all day long without the worry of a burning candle.

Transition your home into fall by creative a stove-top or crock-pot potpourri. Image via

Transition your home into fall by creative a stove-top or crock-pot potpourri. Image via

3. accent lighting

It's all about accent lighting when setting the vibe for a room. It is what brings a home to life when it's dark, and since we lose some daylight in the during the fall and winter, it's important to think about how to light your space. No one wants to turn on one bright and obnoxious light, just to see in the dark. Set the mood by layering all types of accent lighting. If you have a fireplace, it's a great place to start. Next, think about mixing table lamps, floor lamps, wall sconces, ceiling lights, even lights highlighting art pieces, or in bookcases.  

Tip: Use a mixture of low-wattage lights to create a warm ambiance throughout your space.

Modern Dining Room and Entry with Layered Lighting for Fall - Image via

Modern Dining Room and Entry with Layered Lighting for Fall - Image via

4. swap your flowers out for fall branches

I'm notorious for doing this all year round, but especially in the fall. Instead of filling your vases with spring flowers, try cutting some branches down from a tree in your backyard. Almost any branch looks beautiful, so it's hard to go wrong. Make sure to use a vase with a sturdy and heavy base, because those branches will be a lot heavier than you might think. You can also weigh it down by placing some decorative rocks at the bottom. And most importantly, check those branches for bugs before bringing them inside!

Beautiful over-sized fall branches in a vase - Image via

Beautiful over-sized fall branches in a vase - Image via

5. Layer up your bedding

Your bedroom is the one place you spend a lot of time, so you should treat it like that. Like I mentioned in #1, adding a blanket to the foot to your bed is a great start to transition your home from summer to fall. But, to really step it up a notch and give your body the extra comfort it deserves, start layering up your bedding!

Starting from the sheets (which you could swap for thick, fleece ones if you'd like), add a simple quilt or coverlet and then top with your comforter or duvet. Finish with accent pillows and your blanket or throw. It's important to play with textures and patterns to break up the yawn factor of using only solids and cottons.

A bedroom full of layers and textures in all the textiles. Image via

A bedroom full of layers and textures in all the textiles. Image via

6. Switch up your playlists

This is one of the easiest things you can do and the best part is, you can do it at the touch of your fingertips. Swapping out those summer tunes for a little more of a coffee-shop vibe is a great way to completely transition the vibe of a space. I've really been loving a few playlists in particular on Spotify lately. There are so many to choose from, but the three below are especially good for when you just got home from work and want to relax, or maybe if you're cooking dinner.

Jazz Vibes - "Jazz inspired lo-fi and chill instrumental"

Chill Vibes - "just chill...."

Feel Good Dinner - "An uplifting yet tasteful dinner playlist with elements of feel-good Indie, Nu-Disco and Soul"

Transition your space by switching up the music. Image via 

Transition your space by switching up the music. Image via 

Transitioning your space from summer to fall doesn't need to be difficult. I hope these six simple tips will help you add some warmth and a bit of cozy to your space. What are some of your favorite ways to transition your space from summer to fall? Let me know in the comments below!