Fall is such a beautiful time to be inspired for decorating projects. No matter where you live, there is always a way to create something that will make your home or apartment have that cozy feeling. Now that summer has come to a close, it’s the time of year to create a warm inviting atmosphere in your decor that your family and friends can appreciate.
Cooling fall temperatures are a welcome change in the weather for most people, yet there are many ways to continue to enjoy your yard and patio.
Here are 6 ideas that will help cozy up your home for the fall season:
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You will want to start with yard decorations that will make your home more inviting to guests and trick-or-treaters alike. Start with lighting. You can buy many types of solar lights to put along the path to your door, or post at various corners of the yard. Use what you have.
If you have a front or back porch, you are well suited to decorate for the Halloween season. You can get strings of led lights to hang on the porch or bushes. If you have trees in your yard, they are perfect for hanging homemade ghosts and various kinds of trinkets. Your Halloween theme can be as scary as you want it to be. Visit the good will stores for ideas on what you can hang or put up in the yard. The Trick-or-treaters will be excited to see what you make.
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Next, you want to concentrate on the front door. There are many pre-made decorations to put on the front door, but I prefer to be original and try new things every year. One of my favorite things to do is to go to the mountains and gather up some fresh material like pine cones, dead branches and dried pods. These can all go into a natural wreath. Be sure to use a variety of types of materials and bright red berries look good in wreaths. Find a colorful fall ribbon to make your bow, and you have a beautiful door decoration to hang.
On the porch or in the front entry area you can look for large used pots or heavy duty tall vases for putting flowers in. Try using pots of coordinating colors and while many plants are still blooming, such as petunias and geraniums, a bouquet filled with large colorful sunflowers can be stunning near the front door. Make sure you have adequate lighting near the door, too, to make sure no one trips over and breaks the arrangement you have added there.
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Your living room can be filled with halloween decorations. One of my favorite things to make are homemade lanterns with scented candles in them. You can find old lighting fixtures at the goodwill stores and repurpose them as tabletop lanterns. The older ones made of metal look best.
Another good idea is to capitalize on the features of your room. For instance, if you have lots of windows, they can be your focus. Or, if you have a fireplace mantel you can make it your decorating centerpiece. One year, my daughter created a mantel out of cardboard, which she painted to look like bricks and it looked completely real. Try to keep it simple with your decor. Find something that looks good and stick with it, but make sure it doesn’t end up looking cluttered.
Fall is the perfect time to come up with new ideas for table arrangements. Again, I prefer homemade natural materials, but you can also find used silk flowers and repurpose them into new arrangements that will look good too. It is surprising what you can do with a hot glue gun and glue. Pinecones and dried pods also go well. Just make sure your arrangement is small enough that it doesn’t interfere when the table is set for dinner!
If you have children, you can involve them in Halloween crafting ideas. Hand drawn artworks, painting or collages are fun to see on the walls. There are also tons of no-carve decoration ideas for dressing up pumpkins, both large and small. You can glue just about anything to the face of a pumpkin.Of course it depends on the ages of your children, the type of craftwork you can use.
If you don’t have children, you can always do your creative project in the guest room. Windows, dresser tops, and walls are good places to re-create your decor, from season to season. Perhaps you can make your guest room a kind of spooky room, filled with old photos and fake spider webs.
In the kitchen, it may be harder to come up with ideas, depending on how much extra space you have. If your kitchen is small, you might think out doing some type of hanging decor over the windows, on in the center of the room. I like to add baskets in the fall, of a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. You can often find unusual baskets at antique and thrift stores. Baskets can be used in a practical way, by filling them with fruit. You could also hang them on the wall. You should be able to find many different and interesting types of colorful gourds to put on your counter tops in the kitchen.
Pick a theme
I try to pick a theme for my decor every year, so that everything outside and inside fits into that idea. It will make your decor appear cohesive. I have used old candelabras and goblets in my Halloween themed decor. Whatever you decide to do, just have fun finding new ways to change your home decor this fall and make it inviting and interesting for your guests and family to enjoy. Your home can be a one-of-a-kind art gallery that will inspire and amaze anyone who comes to visit.]